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Driver impairment suspected in fatal Louisiana crash

A deadly head-on collision on a Louisiana highway in Livingston Parish took the lives of both drivers involved in the crash. Authorities say neither driver was wearing a seat belt, and impairment may have contributed to the crash. The Louisiana State Police is conducting toxicology testing on submitted samples in its investigation of the accident.

The accident happened on the evening of Dec. 4 on Highway 447 near Interstate 12. According to the LSP, a northbound 1994 GMC pickup truck crossed the center dividing line while negotiating a right curve and collided head-on with a southbound 2006 Lincoln Town Car. Killed in the crash were the driver of the pickup, a 50-year-old man from Jackson, and the driver of the Lincoln, a 76-year-old man from Denham Springs.

Authorities suspect the pickup driver may have been impaired. Toxicology samples from both drivers were submitted to the LSP crime lab for testing. Following the accident, troopers emphasized the significance of wearing seat belts, which statistics show can dramatically increase the chances of surviving a car crash.

Louisiana law also provides a procedure for survivors of fatal accident victims to pursue compensation for their losses arising from the event. Recovery for economic and non-economic losses such as funeral expense and the loss of care, companionship, guidance and emotional support may be sought in a wrongful death suit.

The family members who may have a legal claim for wrongful death against those determined to be at fault for the car accident include spouses, natural and adopted children, and in some cases, the siblings and grandparents of the deceased. Legal counsel might be able to assist them in identifying all of their recoverable losses and take steps to make sure their claim is filed in civil court within the time limitations set by law.

Source: WGMB, "2 die in Walker South Road crash", December 05, 2014

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