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Pickup T-bones limousine, injuring five and killing four

Many Louisiana residents saw the national news reports about an accident that happened in New York where a pickup truck collided with a limousine, killing four and injuring five others. The driver of the pickup has been charged with misdemeanor driving while intoxicated, according to a county district attorney. The driver allegedly told law enforcement officials that he had been at home drinking beer prior to the crash.

He did not say how many beers he drank before leaving his house in his pickup truck. In the limo were the driver and eight female passengers, on their way back after visiting a winery. According to an assistant district attorney, the crash occurred when the limo driver, who told officials that he did not see the approaching pickup truck, attempted to make a U-turn at an intersection. The pickup T-boned the limo, crashing head-on into its passenger side.

Four of the women, each of them either 23 or 24 years old, died at the scene. The other four women, ranging in age from 23 to 25, each suffered serious injuries, as did the driver of the limo. U-turns are legal at the intersection where the crash occurred, but authorities have previously cited limo drivers for failing to yield the right of way to other vehicles. No charges have been filed against the limo driver in this case, who did not show evidence of alcohol use in sobriety testing.

Those who have suffered injuries due to a T-bone accident may be entitled to recover medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages or other damages. An attorney with experience in personal injury law may be able to help injured parties by gathering documentary evidence in support of the claim or by deposing law enforcement and medical personnel. An attorney may be able to negotiate settlement with insurers or file a claim in civil court to pursue recovery.

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