All drivers have a duty to exercise care and control while on Louisiana’s roadways. Truck drivers have the same duty, but due to the size and weight of 18-wheelers, their need to exercise caution may be considered even greater. This is due, at least in part, to the fact that in a truck accident, the damage to both people and property can be immeasurably worse.
A truck driver traveling the roads of Louisiana found this out the hard way. As the trucker traveled south on U.S. Highway 425, he approached a curve. As he negotiated the curve, his tractor trailer drifted into the opposing lane of traffic.
Unfortunately, there was a vehicle in the northbound lane at the time. The truck slammed into the pickup truck. The 61-year-old man in that vehicle suffered fatal injuries to which he succumbed at the scene.
The Louisiana State Police is handling the investigation into this crash. So far, the 71-year-old truck driver has only been cited for careless operation. It is not known whether additional charges are being contemplated.
While authorities finish their investigation, the family of the pickup truck driver is undoubtedly attempting to adjust to life without him. Numerous unexpected expenses, along with the loss of his income, are only two of the ways his death will affect them. Fortunately, they retain the right to file a wrongful death claim in connection with this truck accident. Both the driver and his employer may be found liable for damages if the family successfully proves negligence on the driver’s part.