Driving the highways of Louisiana can be demanding during the day, let alone at night when vision may be hindered. Not being able to see obstacles as clearly at night greatly increases the probability of an auto accident. Staying alert while driving is essential at all times during the day, and perhaps even more so at night.
Even when a driver is vigilant, accidents can happen, and the consequences of an accident can be devastating. This was the case in an accident that occurred at 12:30 a.m. on June 19. A car slammed into the back of a tractor-trailer on Highway 23 in Plaquemines Parish. The driver, a 33-year-old man, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The truck was stopped in the highway’s right lane because the closure of Belle Chasse Bridge has resulted in traffic congestion. It is unknown whether the car driver was impaired at the time of the accident. It is also unknown whether the driver of the truck was injured, or if the truck sustained any damage.
Having an auto accident, whether during the day or at night, can wreak havoc on the lives of those involved. In this case, there is now a family grieving the loss of a loved one. In addition to having to deal with their loss and grief, they also have to deal with the aftermath of the accident itself — property damage, medical bills, and in this case, funeral costs. Getting advised of the rights and responsibilities of those involved in an accident under Louisiana law may relieve some anxiety of the parties touched by this tragic accident.