On Tuesday, February 12, 2019, two women lost their lives in a fatal two-vehicle highway collision in Jackson Parish. The crash occurred at the intersection of LA Hwy 148 on US Hwy 167.
Two young women were traveling on US Hwy 167 in a 2014 Dodge Challenger when they attempted to make a left turn onto LA Hwy 148. As the Dodge was crossing the northbound lanes, it was struck by a 2015 Mack.
The two vehicles landed on a patch of grass along Hwy 167. The occupants of the Dodge, both in their 20s, sadly, did not survive the accident. The driver of the Mack, a 56-year-old man, was taken to a local hospital with injuries.
Toxicology samples were collected and submitted for analysis. The crash continues to be investigated.
Traffic Fatalities in Louisiana
Traffic fatalities can occur as the result of numerous causes including reckless driving, driving while intoxicated, speeding, or distracted driving.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:
- In 2017, there were 760 lives lost in traffic fatalities in the state of Louisiana.
- 488 were passenger vehicle occupant fatalities.
- 212 of those fatalities involved alcohol-impaired drivers.
Wrongful Death Lawsuit
If you have, unfortunately, lost a loved one in a traffic accident, you may have the right to file a wrongful death claim.
As per Louisiana law, certain families members may file a wrongful death claim within one year of the death of the decedent. The following may bring a survival or wrongful death action:
- The victim’s spouse and children.
- The victim’s parents, if the victim left no spouse or child surviving.
- The victim’s brothers and sisters, if the victim left no spouse, child, or parent surviving.
- The victim’s grandparents, if the victim left no spouse, child, parent, or siblings surviving.
If you try to file a wrongful death claim after the one year period, under the statute of limitations, the court will likely dismiss the claim, unless there are substantial circumstances and evidence to support the extension.
The compassionate and dedicated New Orleans car accident attorneys at Cardone Law Firm will work diligently to help you secure both economic and non-economic losses, including:
- Medical bills
- Funeral costs
- Property damage
- Lost wages
- Loss of consortium
- Lost services
- Loss of companionship
- Cause of grief
- Emotional pain and suffering
- Loss of care
At Cardone Law Firm, we recognize that no amount of compensation can ever help you fully recover from the pain of losing a loved one. However, we know that their absence may result in a heavy financial burden, especially if they were the primary provider.
But there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Trust in the experienced Louisiana lawyers at Cardone Law Firm when you are in need of a team that will fight for the justice you and your loved one deserves.
Contact us today at 504-522-3333 for a free case evaluation.