Head-on collisions share a mysterious element that generally is not present in other accident scenarios: how did the wrong-way vehicle end up in the wrong lane? Sometimes, the answer to this question is obvious, and sometimes, finding the answer can require several days of post-accident investigation. A recent head-on collision in Zachary provided perhaps the most obvious answer: the wrong-way driver entered the opposite driving lane in an attempt to pass a truck that he was following.
According to the Louisiana State Police, a teen-age driver with one passenger was heading north on La. Highway 67 when he pulled into the southbound lane to pass the vehicle ahead of him. Instead of passing the other vehicle, the wrong-way driver struck a southbound vehicle carrying one passenger. Both drivers were pronounced dead at the scene, and both passengers were taken to a local hospital for treatment. Their current medical condition is unknown.
According to police, both drivers and both passengers were properly restrained. The causative role, if any, played by alcohol or drugs is currently under investigation.
Liability and damages
The driver of the northbound vehicle appears to bear a majority share of responsibility for the accident. The description of the accident provided by the state police appears to indicate that the northbound driver failed to exercise due car in attempting to pass the vehicle ahead of him. He either failed to check for oncoming traffic or he misjudged what his eyes would have told him.
Anyone who has suffered an injury or lost a loved one under similar circumstances may wish to explore a claim for damages against the responsible party. An experienced accident attorney can provide a helpful evaluation of the evidence, legal theories to support the claim, and an estimate of the likelihood of recovering damages for medical expenses, lost income and pain and suffering.