According to WAFB, a two-vehicle crash claimed the life of a 67-year-old woman late last month. Louisiana State Police say that shortly after 2 p.m., troopers were called to investigate a collision that occurred on LA 449.
The initial investigation revealed that a Volkswagen Jetta was heading west on Varnado Road when a Hyundai Sonata was heading north on LA 449. For unknown reasons, the 67-year-old woman who was driving the Jetta failed to yield at a stop sign marking the intersection of the two roads.
She drove into the path of the Sonata, which struck the driver’s side of her Jetta. She sustained serious injuries and later died at the hospital.
The woman in the Sonata sustained minor injuries. Police do not suspect impairment played a role in the collision, but they have taken toxicology samples from both motorists for analysis.
This accident demonstrates that a serious collision can happen at any time, and all it takes is a minor oversight to cause a fatal wreck. If you were injured in a crash that another driver caused, contact Laborde Earles Law Firm.
Our attorneys have the resources, knowledge, and courtroom experience to help you fight for the maximum compensation. We have recovered more than $200 million for our clients. Call 800-522-6733 to schedule a free case evaluation with an injury attorney in Baton Rouge.
Proving Fault after a Collision
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Under Louisiana’s pure comparative negligence law, the total damages a plaintiff can recover in a personal injury lawsuit will be reduced by his or her percentage of fault. For example, if the total damages awarded is $100,000 but you are found to have been 20 percent at fault, you would only be able to recover $80,000. So even if it seems obvious that the other driver was more at fault for the accident than you were, it is critical that you consult an attorney who can help you gather evidence to prove negligence and liability.
Depending on the facts of your case, your injury attorney may use the following evidence to support your claim:
- Photographs of the accident scene;
- Witness testimonies;
- The police report;
- Testimony from an accident reconstruction expert;
- Timelines and illustrations; and
- The toxicology report.
The positioning of the vehicles can also play a role in determining liability. For example, in most rear-end collisions, the police and insurance adjusters will assume that the driver in the rear was responsible. In accidents that occur when a vehicle is turning left, the driver making the turn is almost always liable.
If you were injured in a collision that another driver caused, contact Laborde Earles Law Firm. A Baton Rouge car wreck lawyer will help you navigate the claims process and avoid costly mistakes.
Schedule a free consultation by calling 800-522-6733. You can learn more about car accident claims in Louisiana by visiting USAttorneys.com.