A Nov. 18 accident has left a 44-year-old Coushatta woman dead. The incident took place just prior to 8 p.m. on U.S. Highway 71 in Red River Parish. Three vehicles were involved in the accident, and one driver has been charged as a careless driver.
Reports indicate that the decedent was driving a 2014 Chevrolet Sonic at the time of the accident. She was at a standstill in the northbound lane as she waited to turn into a driveway. A 2012 Dodge Avenger driven by a 43-year-old Campti woman rear-ended the Sonic, pushing it into oncoming traffic in the opposite lane. The Sonic then crashed head-on with a Toyota Tundra that was driven by a 24-year-old Campti man.
According to officials, the woman who drove the Sonic suffered fatal injuries in the wreck. She was not wearing her seat belt at the time. Reports do not indicate whether additional injuries were suffered by the other drivers.
A family dealing with the loss of a loved one in a similar type of accident might be unsure of how to deal with the sudden expenses arising from the fatal crash. In such a situation, it may be prudent to speak with a personal injury lawyer about their options as they deal with issues such as loss of financial support and companionship.
A lawyer may be helpful for dealing with insurance representatives in seeking appropriate financial compensation for the survivors. Additionally, charges against a driver might be used to support a wrongful death claim as the driver's responsibility for the death is established.
Source: KSLA, "Coushatta woman killed in Red River Parish car wreck", November 19, 2014