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Freeway crash kills Louisiana resident

Authorities say that a multi-vehicle crash during the early morning hours of April 5 on Interstate 55 claimed the life of a 27-year-old woman. Highway officials believe that an impaired driver caused the accident.

According to the report, the fatal crash occurred about 4 a.m. in Tangipahoa Parish following a previous accident involving the victim and a Volkswagen driver. After the first accident, the two motorists involved partially pulled onto the highway's left shoulder and exited their cars to speak together. Suddenly, a 43-year-old man who was heading northbound in a 2003 Toyota truck stuck one of the motorists and her Honda sedan. The Honda driver, a New Orleans woman, died from the injuries she suffered in the wreck.

When they responded to the scene, state police detained the truck driver, who was from Kenner, on suspicion of driving under the influence. After the booking procedure was completed, police placed the suspect in the Tangipahoa Parish jail. He faces charges of driving under a suspended license, careless driving and vehicular homicide. It was not reported when the driver will have his hearing, and the results from toxicology tests were not disclosed.

Following deadly traffic accidents, many bereaved families file a wrongful death claim as a way of seeking restitution for their accident-related expenses. An attorney who handles such claims may be able to explain to the family what legal options are available to them. By evaluating the official police report, witness accounts and any evidence gathered from the accident scene, the attorney representing the family in the civil suit may be able to establish a persuasive wrongful death claim in holding the accused negligent driver liable for damages. Claimants are also responsible to produce evidence demonstrating their specific losses stemming from the fatal accident. This evidence can include medical and funeral expense records, road and weather condition reports and medical reports.

Source: NOLA.com, "I-55 accident victim identified as New Orleans woman," Robert Rhoden, April 7, 2015

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