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Car accident sends vehicle into lake

A crash at a causeway in Louisiana on Aug. 8 sent one driver into a lake. The driver was rescued from the water just 10 minutes after he went in. Officials said that quick thinking on the part of the driver and the rescuers proved to be crucial. The man had already managed to get out of his truck before rescuers arrived five minutes after the accident occurred.

The car accident happened at around 8:15 a.m. when a Toyota Tundra and a Ford F150 collided along the southbound lanes of the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway in St. Tammany Parish. The collision sent the Ford into the water. After the Ford driver was pulled out of the lake, he was taken to St. Tammany Parish Hospital to be evaluated.

It was not immediately apparent what caused the crash, and there were no reports to indicate that the Toyota driver was injured. According to Causeway police, the accident is the 15th crash along the causeway that has sent a vehicle into the water over the past two decades. All but one of the overboard accidents have occurred on the southbound lanes of the causeway. A toll increase that would fund safety improvements on the bridge was proposed in July.

An attorney may be able to represent a car accident victim who was injured in this type of accident. If the driver suffered financial damages from the accident, an attorney may be able to help the driver file a personal injury claim for compensation. A personal injury claim may name the at-fault driver as the defendant and ask for reimbursement for medical expenses, property damage and lost income.

Source: WGNO, "Driver OK after two-vehicle crash sends car over Causeway," Aug. 8, 2016

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