Distracted driving or negligence is a very common cause of truck accidents. Many Louisiana residents would agree that distracted driving and negligence can cause fatal accidents and it is imperative that truck drivers remain cautious while driving their massive vehicles.
Many Louisiana residents have lost a loved one due to a motor vehicle accident. A fatal vehicle accident results in pain and suffering for the family and friends whom the victim leaves behind. Every citizen should take preventive measures to prevent a fatal car accident.
Over the years, many car accidents on Louisiana roads have led to numerous fatalities. In many cases, the offending car's driver may be found guilty of any number of traffic violations, including road rage, speeding, distracted driving or driving under the influence. Louisiana has strict laws which prohibit any car driver from violating its traffic laws. Another result of these numerous car accidents is that victims initiate personal injury or wrongful death lawsuits in order to attempt to receive compensation for medical expenses and for the loss of a loved one.
As most Louisiana drivers suspect, a large commercial truck can create incredible damage to other motor vehicles if it is involved in an accident. Every year around the state, in fact, hundreds of people are injured and dozens killed from accidents involving a wide variety of trucks-delivery vans, box trucks, fuel tankers and 18-wheelers. So what happens if you are injured in a truck accident or are a surviving relative of someone who died in such an accident? Under the law, you have the right to seek compensation from anyone who was at fault for the accident.
Most Louisiana drivers know that the chances of being seriously injured or killed are much higher in accidents involving commercial trucks, such as tractor-trailers. Because of their size and weight, these trucks typically cause accidents that are much worse than other motor vehicles. Too often drivers and passengers in other vehicles are killed, especially in truck accidents at higher speeds on highways.
Fatal motor vehicle accidents are one of the top ten causes of death in United States. Young adults and teens account for around 60 percent of the victims of motor vehicle accidents. Apart from causing pain and suffering to the victim and his or her family, fatal car accidents cause heavy loss to society, as well as to the state exchequer in form medical expenses and other work loss cost. Louisiana is also not immune to fatal motor vehicle accidents.
Truck accidents can occur unexpectedly and have a significant impact on the lives of victims. A serious truck accident in a nearby state recently sent two people to the hospital with injuries and left another with minor injuries. Two of the injured individuals had to be airlifted to the hospital. The multi-vehicle wreck involved three semi trucks, two of which rolled over, and a SUV. The accident occurred when one of the semi-truck drivers lost control of the tractor trailer, went off the left side of the roadway and overcorrected, causing the semi to lie down on its side in the highway.
Many people may have heard the term "negligence" mentioned in relation to car accident liability or liability for other types of accidents that cause injury or death. Because liability for harm is based on negligence, some may wonder what negligence refers to. Negligence refers to the failure to use the ordinary amount of care a reasonable person would use in any particular circumstance to prevent harm to others.
Pedestrians assume a certain amount of danger when sharing the roadway with motor vehicles. This danger is heightened when it is dark and pedestrians are more difficult to see.
Unfortunately, car accidents can occur in the blink of an eye and alter the lives of victims forever. A multi-car accident in a nearby community east of Lafayette recently left one driver dead. The three-car accident resulted in the death of a 19-year old man. The accident occurred when a pickup truck driven by a 27-year old man was headed north and crossed the median, entering the southbound lanes and striking another pickup truck. A passenger vehicle travelling behind the pickup truck that was hit was unable to avoid the accident and also struck the pickup truck from behind.