Reports indicate that a roadway collision on Dec. 31 in Livingston Parish resulted in three deaths and left two injured. The accident occurred on Louisiana HWY 447, just south of Interstate 12, and was apparently caused when a 24-year-old Satsuma man travelling north drove his Mazda over the road's centerline and crashed into a Mercury travelling southbound.
The driver of the Mazda reportedly died on the scene. The Mercury's driver was described as a 38-year-old male from Denham Springs, who was travelling with his wife and two daughters at the time of the deadly car accident. The man and his 14-year-old daughter were moderately injured and taken to Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center for treatment. The Mercury's front-seat passenger, the 37-year-old wife of the driver, sustained serious injuries in the crash. She was pronounced dead at Ochsner Hospital. The vehicle's fourth passenger was an 11-year-old girl who had been riding in the rear middle seat. She also died as a result of the accident.
The investigation into the cause of the crash is still ongoing. Investigators are unsure if alcohol played a role in the accident, and they requested blood samples from both drivers. However, sources say that police do not believe that the driver of the Mercury was impaired.
Car accidents are an everyday occurrence in Louisiana, but when a death is caused due the actions of a negligent or impaired driver, the victim's surviving family is often unsure about their right to compensation. Family members of the deceased may wish to file a wrongful death suit against the at-fault driver or the driver's estate. An attorney may be able to assist surviving family through the litigation process.
Source: NOLA, "Three dead after two-vehicle crash in Livingston Parish", January 01, 2015