Experiencing engine trouble on the highway can be a harrowing experience. Many Louisiana drivers consider themselves to be relatively safe once they are out of the lanes of travel and onto the shoulder. In some cases, that turns out to be a false sense of security due to the continued risk of becoming involved in a serious or fatal accident.
Recently, a 49-year-old woman managed to maneuver her vehicle onto the shoulder of U.S. Highway 65 after the car began experiencing engine trouble. A 54-year-old man on a motorcycle was kind enough to pull over to help. He parked in front of the woman’s car. The two of them were standing at the front of the car when a pickup truck driven by a 64-year-old man crashed into the back of it.
The two pedestrians were moderately injured in the crash. Sadly, there was a passenger in the woman’s car at the time of the accident. The 64-year-old man suffered severe injuries. Emergency medical personnel determined that his injuries were life-threatening and called for a helicopter to take him to River Region Medical Center in Vicksburg, Mississippi, where succumbed to his injuries.
The investigation into this fatal accident is ongoing. In the meantime, the injured victims are most likely recovering from their injuries, and the family of the deceased passenger is burying their loved one. They also retain the right to file civil claims against the driver of the pickup truck, seeking restitution for the financial damages incurred in the aftermath of the crash. Establishing negligence on his part by appropriate proof could result in a Louisiana court awarding damages.