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1 dead, 1 injured in 2-vehicle collision

Louisiana State Police report that a 19-year-old man is dead following an accident in St. James Parish on April 24. One other motorist involved was not seriously injured.

According to preliminary investigations, the fatal crash occurred around 5:30 p.m. near the Ascension Parish Line on LA 3127 when a Luling man who was driving a southbound sports car in rainy weather tried to pass a few cars traveling ahead of him. In the process, however, his car suddenly veered out of control, rotated clockwise and collided with a northbound pickup truck.

First responders to the scene took the pickup truck driver, a 51-year-old man from Reserve, to Our Lady of the Lake Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries. A representative with the St. James Parish Coroner's Office declared the other driver dead. Both drivers were wearing their seat belts, according to the report. Police said the investigation into the wreck was ongoing. Charges were pending based on toxicology test results for the deceased driver and blood test results for the pickup truck driver.

Following a severe motor vehicle accident in which a motorist received injuries, they may choose to file a personal injury claim against a driver who is suspected of driving in a negligent fashion at the time of the accident. In the case, certain documentation might be presented as evidence. Besides information from witness accounts, road condition evaluations and reports filed by the officers who responded to the scene, the injured party's records of accident-related expenses and medical reports may be used as evidence in the case. If the defendant died, the plaintiff can recover from their estate. An attorney may be able to assist a plaintiff in evaluating damages and evidence of negligence. A plaintiff who prevails in this type of case is typically compensated for their losses such as medical expenses and lost wages. Under some circumstances, pain and suffering may be included in the award.

Source: KATC, "Luling Man Killed in St. James Parish Crash," April 25, 2015

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