Many Louisiana drivers suddenly realize at the last second that they are about to miss their turn. Most of the time, a driver is able to make a quick maneuver to make the turn without incident. However, there are times when this could lead to a serious or fatal accident when the driver fails to ensure that the path is clear.
The driver of a pickup truck sought to make a left turn, but did so from the right lane. This might have only been considered a minor traffic infraction had it not been for the fact that the pickup driver failed to see that a motorcycle was coming up in the left lane. The motorcycle rider was not able to avoid colliding with the truck.
When the motorcycle hit the truck, its rider was thrown off it. He suffered fatal injuries to which he succumbed before emergency medical personnel could try to save him. No report was given as to whether the driver of the pickup suffered any injuries.
However, he did submit to a breath test. It was determined that he was not intoxicated at the time of the crash, but blood samples were sent for analysis as part of the ongoing investigation. No indication was given as to why the driver made the turn from the right lane.
As the family of the victim struggles to cope with his premature death, the are most likely incurring significant expenses related to his loss. His family has the right to file a wrongful death claim in connection with the fatal accident that took his life. If negligence on the part of the pickup truck driver is established to the satisfaction of the court, damages allowed under Louisiana law may be awarded.