According to TheTownTalk, a collision involving four vehicles occurred on LA Hwy 6 earlier this month, resulting in one fatality. Louisiana State Police Troopers responded to the scene near LA Hwy 476 shortly after 4 p.m. on a Wednesday.
Their report reveals that the incident involved an 18-wheeler, a sedan, an SUV, and a pickup truck. State police determined that the sedan was traveling west on LA Hwy 6 when its driver crossed over the centerline.
The sedan collided head-on with an 18-wheeler traveling east. Debris from the crash struck the SUV before the force of impact pushed the sedan into an oncoming pickup truck.
The driver of the sedan, a 31-year-old man, was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident. Responders pronounced him dead at the scene.
The 41-year-old trucker, who was wearing a seat belt, sustained minor injuries. Responders transported him to Sabine Medical Center for treatment.
The driver of the SUV, a 23-year-old woman, was also wearing her seat belt at the time of the wreck. She sustained minor injuries but refused medical attention. The 36-year-old woman who had been driving the pickup truck also sustained minor injuries but refused care at the scene.
The incident remains under investigation as State Police await the results of routine toxicology tests. They issued a statement reminding locals that failing to wear a safety restraint is the leading cause of death in car crashes.
If you sustained serious injuries or lost a loved one in a motor vehicle collision, turn to Campbell, House, & Cummins. Your family may be entitled to compensation for both the economic and non-economic damages that you have incurred. Call 318-855-0285 to schedule a case evaluation with an accident attorney in Monroe.
Statistics Show Seat Belts Save Lives—but Not Everyone Wears One
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people driving on rural roads are less likely to wear the proper safety restraints than those driving in urban areas. Researchers also determined that motorists and adult passengers in rural counties have traffic fatality rates between three and 10 times higher than those in more urban areas.
They believe this corresponds directly to the seat belt statistics in both areas. In rural communities, for example, seat belt use is approximately 75 percent, whereas in most urban counties, it is nearly 90 percent.
If you get hurt in a crash with a reckless driver while you are not wearing a seat belt, you can still file a successful personal injury claim against the liable party; however, you may not be able to recover compensation for all the damages if the fact that you were unrestrained contributed to the severity of the injuries in some way.
Claims involving shared or disputed liability are fairly complicated, so if this is the situation you find yourself in, it is wise to seek legal counsel. To discuss your case with an accident lawyer in Monroe, contact Campbell, House, & Cummins today.
Wade L. House is proud to help injured clients recover the compensation they deserve. Call 318-855-0285 to schedule a consultation. You can learn more about collision claims in Louisiana by visiting the USAttorneys website.