Two-vehicle accident in Baton Rouge results in fatality

On Behalf of | Jan 27, 2023 | Auto Accidents

Car accidents on Baton Rouge’s busy roads often have tragic consequences. This was illustrated in a recent accident on Perkins Road that left one individual dead.

The accident occurred in front of Massey’s Pest Control and involved two vehicles. After responding to the accident, the St. George Fire Department removed two individuals from the vehicles. One of the individuals was dead on arrival.

Although no further details were provided about the accident, there are many factors that could cause a deadly accident like this.

Reasons accidents like this occur

Distracted driving, fatigue, speeding or driving while intoxicated are just a few things that contribute to car accidents in the Baton Rouge area.

While you may always take care to drive safely, you have no control over other drivers on the road. You could be the victim of a car accident when the accident was the other driver’s fault.

Failing to drive safely and causing an accident resulting in damages is negligent driving. Even if an accident is not fatal, you may sustain serious injuries.

Damages from an accident with a negligent driver

You could recover compensation by establishing negligence through a personal injury action.

Your compensation could include lost wages due to time missed from work, or even the loss of your career if your injuries prevent you from working in your field ever again. Payment of your medical bills and a sum for your pain and suffering are other potential damages.

Understanding comparative negligence

To receive compensation for your damages, you must prove each element of negligence, which can be tough. Additionally, Louisiana’s comparative negligence system means that your compensation could be reduced by your percentage of fault.

For example, if a court determines the other driver was 80% negligent and you were 20% negligent, your compensation would be reduced by 20%. This is why it can help to work with an attorney who has experience with personal injury cases.