Interstate 10 is known to be one of the most dangerous highways in America. Numerous people have suffered injuries or lost their lives in collisions that occur on I-10 while traveling through the Baton Rouge area. Most recently, Louisiana police were called to investigate a multi-vehicle crash involving a semitrailer.
Truck drivers in Louisiana have the difficult task of maneuvering their over-sized vehicles in some pretty tight spots sometimes. To do this successfully, it is common to see them take wide turns, particularly when turning right, to avoid hitting other vehicles, medians, people, traffic poles or signs, or buildings. If passenger cars end up in what is called a blind spot, an area in which truck drivers have no way of seeing what is there, squeeze play truck accidents can occur and often have severe outcomes.
The losses victims of trucking accidents in the state of Louisiana face are often significant. If truck driver negligence is to blame, these losses are not anything that victims have to shoulder alone. Recently, it was reported that a Lake Charles man, who suffered injuries in a truck accident over two years ago, was able to successfully prove that the trucking company should be held liable for his losses. He was awarded $4.4 million in damages as a result.
The trucking industry is highly regulated and for good reason. However, this doesn't stop some trucking companies in Louisiana and elsewhere, or their employees, from pushing boundaries and crossing lines. When they fail to follow the established guidelines, truck accidents may result.
Operating a large commercial vehicle is not as easy as one would think. The drivers of these automobiles must go through very specific training in order to obtain their commercial driver's licenses. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has set requirements that these drivers -- whether they reside in Louisiana or elsewhere -- must meet before they hit the road. Why? Without proper training, truck accidents are more likely to happen.
Law enforcement authorities are in the process of investigating a recent crash involving a semitrailer that left one man dead and four other individuals injured. This event occurred outside Lake Charles in Calcasieu Parish on July 16. Sadly, it is not uncommon for truck accidents to have outcomes like this.
Near the end of May, a box truck driver struck a pedestrian in Metairie. Louisiana State Police responded to the scene and found the victim had suffered fatal injuries. Following truck accidents like this one, the surviving family members of the victims may be entitled to pursue compensation for their losses by filing civil claims against all parties who may be deemed legally responsible -- such as the driver and his or her employer, among others.
Louisiana drivers are used to sharing the road with commercial haulers, but it doesn't mean they like it. Driving next to these massive machines can be terrifying, particularly when cargo looks to be poorly secured. Sadly, car and truck accidents have occurred due to falling cargo, leaving victims injured or worse.
Louisiana residents see their fair share of commercial trucks on their roads every single day. They also see the drivers of these trucks using their cellphones. If such behavior results in truck accidents, the victims of these events or -- in the event of fatality -- their surviving family members may seek relief for their losses through legal means.
A train struck a semitrailer in Louisiana recently, killing one and leaving several others injured. This incident occurred in the afternoon of Oct. 10, in Amite. The truck driver died in the crash. Following truck accidents like this, victims may seek compensation for their losses by filing civil claims against all parties who may be held responsible.