Marshall — 2 People Dead After Fatal Crash on SH-43
Posted on Wednesday, January 16th, 2019 at 10:25 pm
At approximately 1:09 a.m. on Saturday, January 12, 2019, a fatal crash occurred on State Highway 43, effectively killing two people.
According to the Department of Public Safety (DPS), the preliminary investigation shows that 18-year-old Latavion Demon Jackson, the driver of a 2010 Ford Crown Victoria, was traveling north on SH-43 at an unsafe speed on the damp roadway. This caused the vehicle to skid off the roadway where it collided with a tree.
Jackson was transported to LSU Medical in Shreveport in serious condition. There were three passengers with Jackson that day: 17-year-old Derrick Lamon Bennet and an unnamed 16-year-old male were transported to Christus Good Shepherd-Marshall but only the 16-year-old lived, while another unnamed 16-year-old male was pronounced dead at the scene.
DPS also reported that it seemed like none of the occupants were wearing seatbelts.
Car accidents are a serious problem in this day and age, and yet they still happen quite often. According to the National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA), car accidents happen almost every minute of every day, and for every 16 minutes, a car accident occurs that results in death. So that is roughly about 6 million car accidents every year and 90 people dying in car accidents every day in the U.S. alone.
Driving under influence (DUI), speeding, and reckless driving are the three typical causes of accidents that result in death, but aside from these, not wearing a seatbelt is another factor that can increase the chances of dying in a car crash. In fact, it is noted that seatbelts reduce the risk of death by 45%, and they also cut the risk of serious injury by 50%. With this, people not wearing a seatbelt are 30 times more likely to be ejected from the vehicle during the crash. That said, the next time anyone rides a vehicle, don’t take the risk of not wearing the seatbelt. Be extra careful and always fasten your seatbelt.
If you are a victim of a car accident, or you know someone who is, or you lost a loved one because of this, then please don’t hesitate to ask for help. The police will be there for you, but more than that, car accident attorneys are always present to help you protect your rights and get you the justice that you deserve.