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April 15, 2024

Swartz, LA – Ronald Lofton Jr. Killed in Two-Vehicle Collision on Hwy 139

April 15, 2024

Swartz, LA (August 19, 2021) – On Wednesday, August 18th, at about 5:15 p.m., troopers from the Louisiana State Police responded to a fatal two-car accident on State Highway 139, in the area of US Highway 80 in Ouachita Parish.

The deceased has since been identified as 30-year-old Ronald Lofton Jr., a resident of Monroe.

A departmental investigation showed that a 2017 Honda Civic, driven by Lofton, was heading southbound on LA Hwy 139. As Lofton began making a lefthand turn into a private driveway, his Civic was struck by a northbound 1996 Lexus SC 400, driven by 32-year-old Timothy Tolbird, a resident of Monroe.

Lofton, who was properly restrained, was transported by Emergency Medical Services to a nearby medical facility where he later passed away due to the severity of his injuries. 

Tolbird, who was also properly restrained, was unharmed during the incident.

Toxicology samples were obtained as per state law in fatal accidents and will be tendered for analysis.

This accident is under investigation.

We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victim, Mr. Ronald Lofton Jr., at this time.

Right-of-Way Accidents in Swartz

8.19 Swartz, LA - Ronald Lofton Jr. Killed in Two-Vehicle Collision on Hwy 139

It is common for accidents caused by a driver failing to yield the right-of-way to fall under the scrutiny of crash investigators as well as insurance adjusters. This is because they involve two people who both believe they were in the right and the other driver was at fault for the crash.  

When a person is harmed in a car crash brought on by another driver’s negligence, they will have legal avenues open to them. By seeking the legal counsel of a Swartz, Louisiana personal injury attorney, victims can learn about the various legal avenues they may wish to pursue.  

Luckily, Louisiana adheres to comparative fault insurance laws, meaning that a degree of liability is assigned to everyone who contributed to the collision in proportions equal to their determined degree of fault. 

The Swartz wrongful death attorneys at Smiley Law Firm have decades of experience in bringing irresponsible people to account. Our team works to support their clients and make sure they get the best possible legal advice. We will always answer any questions our clients have and take care of each legal complexity as it arises. 

Louisiana allows fault to be established in various ways, through things such as eyewitness statements, discovery via opposing council, and the testimony of expert witnesses. Although the state affords you a very ample five-year statute of limitations in which to file your claim, it is imperative that you speak with a personal injury attorney as quickly as possible. The longer you wait, the harder it will be to prove your version of events and obtain full and fair financial compensation. 

The personal injury attorneys at Smiley Law are dedicated to defending a victim’s legal rights and building the strongest claim possible in order to maximize their economic recovery. If you were injured in a road accident, contact our personal injury law firm in Louisiana by calling 504-688-3494 or 504-822-2222 to schedule a free evaluation of your case at your earliest convenience.

Note: These posts are constructed with the use of secondary sources. These sources include but are not limited to local and state news stories, local and state police accident reports, social media platforms, and eyewitness accounts about injury accidents that take place in New Orleans and throughout Louisiana. We did not independently verify the fact surrounding this accident. If you locate any information that is inaccurate, please contact our firm and we will correct the post to reflect the most accurate information available. We will also remove this post upon request.

Disclaimer: These posts are created to raise awareness about the dangers of driving in Louisiana. We hope that by casting light on serious accidents like this one, other drivers will take heed, and avoid being seriously injured in a similar accident. This post is not a solicitation for business. The information contained in this post is not intended to be legal or medical advice. The photo used in this post was not taken at the accident scene.

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