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Man killed in rear-end crash in Louisiana

On May 3, a Mississippi man was killed in a car crash in Louisiana. The accident occurred near Slidell around 8:15 p.m.

According to Louisiana State Police, the victim, age 32, was driving his Ford Expedition north on I-59 when another vehicle struck him from behind. The collision caused his SUV to careen onto the median and flip over onto its side, tossing him from the vehicle. He was reportedly not wearing a seat belt.

The victim was flown to the University Medical Center in New Orleans for treatment, but he later died. The driver who hit him was taken to Ochsner Medical Center North Shore for treatment of moderate injuries. Authorities said they do not believe the driver was impaired when he rear-ended the victim. However, the accident remains under investigation, and the results will be sent to the St. Tammany Parish District Attorney's Office to determine whether charges should be filed.

Rear-end car accidents can be caused by a number of factors, included distracted driving, impaired driving and reckless driving. Victims of such accidents may wish to consult with an attorney about their case. Depending on the results of the police investigation, it may be possible to prove that the driver who hit the victim is legally liable for any injuries that occurred. As a result, the victim might be awarded a financial settlement for damages, including medical expenses. If a victim was killed by a negligent driver, his or her family has the right to pursue a wrongful death claim against the at-fault driver. Typical damages sought in such lawsuits include funeral costs, pain and suffering before death, loss of income and loss of companionship.

Source: WGNO, "Pearl River man killed in interstate accident near Slidell," May 4, 2018

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