A horrific accident occurred in St. John the Baptist Parish, LA that left a mother pregnant with twins and her seven-year-old son dead. The accident happened on February 24, 2020, at around 11:52 a.m. Tyandra Lewis, 27, of Baton Rouge was driving with her son and two other passengers and was heading eastbound on I-10 just before the crash transpired.
WAFB said that while driving in the left lane on I-10, Lewis’ 2005 Toyota Camry stopped in the roadway. While investigators are not sure why Lewis’ vehicle stopped, they say that a 2002 Ford F-350 pickup truck that was being driven by Willy Buchan, 39, of Tyler, Texas, struck the back of the Toyota. Lewis and her 7-year-old son died as a result of the impact. Clarence Muse, 43, also of Baton Rouge, and his 3-year-old son were also inside Lewis’ vehicle and they sustained non-life-threatening injuries. Buchan also survived the crash without suffering any injuries.
The news source says that Lewis and Muse were in a relationship based on the information that was gathered from their social media accounts. While police are working to determine what caused this tragic accident, they are awaiting toxicology results to see if alcohol or drugs served as a factor in the crash.
Can I sue if a driver in Baton Rouge, LA who rear-ended my vehicle?
If another driver rear-ended your vehicle or a vehicle that was being driven by a family member, you may be able to bring a claim against the driver or their insurer in an effort to seek damages. In most rear-end accidents, it is the driver in the back who is at-fault for the crash which means you would first need to file a claim with their insurer to recover compensation for your losses.
But what if that isn’t enough or there could be more than one party that is liable for the collision? What if the driver wasn’t insured at the time or only carrying the minimum insurance requirements the State of Louisiana requires its drivers to have? In these types of situations, you may need to contact a Baton Rouge, LA accident lawyer who can help you take it a step further by filing a personal injury lawsuit so that you are able to recover the full amount of money you are due.
It would also behoove you to contact an accident attorney in Baton Rouge as they can conduct an investigation to determine if there are any additional parties that might share some of the blame. The fact is, not all drivers who rear-end another vehicle are 100% liable for causing the crash. In cases like the one cited above, there could have been other factors that contributed to the rear-end accident. For example, the vehicle could have malfunctioned, or the owner may have been provided with a faulty part. In this case, the manufacturing company or even a mechanic could also be held liable for the wreck.
If you were involved in a rear-end accident in Baton Rouge, LA and would like to discuss the incident with an experienced lawyer, contact Miller, Hampton & Hilgendorf at 225-343-2205.