Losing a loved one suddenly in a car accident changes a victim’s family members’ lives in an instant. Where the victim was the breadwinner of the family, their loss adds a financial burden that may hinder the grieving process. Though nothing can replace their loss, family members of a car accident victim can file a personal injury claim to recover lost wages and funeral expenses.

Louisiana residents may keep this in mind as the investigation into the 62-year-old driver’s death in a car accident is carried out. Even though the driver was wearing a seatbelt, it did not prove enough to protect her from the impact of the truck striking her from behind.

According to police reports, she was driving in the right lane and slowed down to take a right turn when her own truck was hit from behind by a 36-year-old man driving a pickup truck. The accident’s impact forced her car into a power pole.

She was taken to the hospital to receive medical attention for her injuries, but she did not survive.

There was a 15-year-old passenger in her car who was also wearing a seatbelt and did not sustain serious injuries. The 36-year-old driver was wearing a seatbelt and was not injured. He took a breath test that proved he was not driving under the influence of alcohol.

The victim’s toxicology tests are pending.

Medical costs and pain and suffering can be retrieved through a personal injury lawsuit. In addition to this, holding the negligent or distracted driver accountable may be a relief for a victim’s loved ones in itself.

Source: Houma Today, “Woman dies after car crash in Cut Off,” Sept. 6, 2012