Hundreds, if not thousands, of 18-wheelers travel the highways of Louisiana every day. Truckers spend more time behind the wheel than the average American, and that can sometimes lead to complacency. A distracted truck driver increases the risk of being involved in a truck accident, which often leads to devastating consequences.
One trucker found this out the hard way. While exiting off of Interstate 49 onto Highway 84, the truck driver failed to stop at a stop sign and pulled in front of a Chevy Impala, which was unable to avoid hitting the 18-wheeler. According to the Louisiana State Police, the driver of the Chevy was pronounced dead at the scene. The other occupant of the Chevy was airlifted to a Shreveport hospital.
Authorities are still investigating the reason why the 27-year-old truck driver failed to stop. In the meantime, he was cited for failure to stop at a stop sign. The Louisiana State Police have also reported that the occupants of the Chevy were not wearing their seat belts.
Regardless of the outcome of the investigation, the fact remains that this truck accident claimed the life of one person and seriously injured another. The families of the two occupants of the Chevy retain their right to pursue civil action should it be determined that the death and injuries were caused by the negligence of another party. Filing a wrongful death action or a personal injury lawsuit and taking it through the court process can be both time consuming and complicated. In a time of uncertainty, when the families struggle to cope with their grief and try to make sense out of what occurred, the right advice may help in assessing liability and damage issues under Louisiana law.