Louisiana State Police troopers were on the scene of a fatal car accident in Pointe Coupee Parish on Nov. 12. The two-car accident took place just before 3 p.m. along southbound LA 1 near the intersection of LA 420. Two men, ages 21 and 34, were killed as a result of the accident, and another man who was involved in the accident was uninjured.
According to the initial investigation, the 21-year-old man was driving a 1996 Honda Accord at a high rate of speed while the 34-year-old man rode in the passenger seat. A 39-year-old man was driving a 2014 Kenworth 18-wheeler when the Honda struck his truck from behind. The Honda occupants were not wearing seat belts, and they were both declared dead at the scene by the Pointe Coupee Parish Coroner.
The driver of the Kenworth truck who survived the crash was wearing a seat belt when the accident occurred. Investigators took a toxicology sample from both of the drivers so that they could determine whether impairment was a factor in the crash. Initial reports indicate that investigators do believe that speeding and impairment may have been factors in the accident.
Drunk driving accidents often end up causing fatalities. The surviving family members of a person who has been killed in such an accident may want to have legal assistance in seeking compensation for their losses through a wrongful death lawsuit. When the impaired driver has also died in the accident, his or her estate could be named as a defendant. An attorney can provide advice as to the types and amounts of damages that can be sought in such a civil action.
Source: WGNO, "Two dead after crash in Morganza. Impairment suspected," Jacqueline Mazur, Nov. 13, 2016