Tragedy could suddenly occur on or near Louisiana roadways when a driver fails to maintain control of their vehicle. A serious or even fatal accident could be the result of a driver’s negligence. Whether they were speeding, distracted, fatigued or intoxicated, these actions could significantly affect the lives of others. When a driver gets behind the wheel of a vehicle, they owe a certain duty of care. Failure to uphold that duty could be the cause of a fatal automobile collision.

Louisiana State Police were recently investigating a collision that occurred on Louisiana Highway 928. The incident occurred when a driver was traveling southbound on the highway. For unknown reasons, the vehicle lost control and veered off the road. This resulted in the vehicle traveling down an embankment and colliding into two young children that were fishing in a bayou.

The 6-year-old and 9-year-old were killed as a result of this crash. Authorities are still investigating the crash, and once completed, authorities will establish cause and assign liabilities. When a driver is at fault for a fatal crash, they could face criminal and civil penalties. The loved ones of the deceased could file a wrongful death lawsuit. This would allow them to recover compensation that could be used for expenses, such as funeral costs and damages.

The loss of a loved one is a challenging event to cope with. This is especially true when a young child’s life is suddenly and tragically taken away. Family members should understand what legal remedies are available to them and what steps are involved. This could help them timely recover a monetary award for their losses and damages. While it will not bring back their loved ones, it will at least help in the healing process.

Source: Weekly Citizen, “Two Children Killed when Vehicle Runs off Roadway and Strikes them as they Fish,” June 25, 2014