A St. James Parish accident on Interstate 10 involving three vehicles claimed the life of a 56-year-old man, reportedly. According to Louisiana State Police, the Sept. 6 accident happened at about 1:30 a.m.
That is when an eastbound 1996 Nissan Altima traveled off the left side of the interstate and made contact with the median barrier, police said. The Altima was apparently grinding along the barrier for a short distance before the vehicle crossed into westbound traffic. Subsequently, the Altima collided with an oncoming Volkswagen Jetta, which in turn caromed into the path of a westbound box truck.
The 56-year-old man was driving the Altima, officials said. As a result of the car accident, he suffered fatal injuries, reportedly. The 26-year-old driver of the Jetta suffered injuries in the accident as well. Emergency personnel transported the Jetta driver to Interim LSU Hospital. The driver of the box truck did not report suffering any injuries in the accident.
Wrong-way collisions are typically violent and have catastrophic results. This particular case demonstrates that reality. If further investigation into the event were to yield substantial evidence implicating negligent driving as the cause of the accident, then the at-fault driver may be susceptible to not just criminal prosecution but also civil action. For, people who suffer injuries as a result of an accident attributed to a negligent driver may be eligible to receive financial compensation for economic losses associated with their injuries.
Moreover, certain family members of people who die in such an accident may retain a personal injury lawyer and file a wrongful death claim against the negligent party. By proving to a civil court that the at-fault driver should be held responsible for the accident, the claimants in a wrongful death suit might be awarded restitution for pecuniary losses related to the fatal crash.
Source: KATC, "New Orleans Man Killed in 3 Vehicle Crash on I-10", September 06, 2014