Sometimes determining the cause of an accident is more difficult than other times. Investigators are left with pieces of a puzzle that they have to work backwards to put together. A motorcycle vs. truck accident that took place on Feb. 27 on a Louisiana expressway presents this type of challenge to investigators.
Police responded to a call of an accident at around 9:30 p.m. on that Thursday night. Upon arrival, they discovered a man lying on the street. Emergency personnel were unable to revive the man who apparently succumbed to fatal injuries received in an accident.
Preliminary reports indicate that a tractor-trailer and motorcycle were headed the same direction on the Westbank Expressway through Gretna. Somehow, the motorcycle ended up underneath the trailer, which rolled over the motorcycle killing its rider. Police do not yet know how this happened.
Whether any charges are being considered in this crash is not yet known. Until the investigation is complete, that information may not be released. Additionally, the identity of the victim was not revealed at last report since authorities had not yet contacted his next of kin to inform them of his sudden death.
This man’s family may have more questions than answers in the days and weeks ahead, which may only exacerbate their grief. As time passes, the family may exercise its right under Louisiana law to file a wrongful death claim against the party or parties deemed responsible for the victim’s death. The details gathered by authorities in this unfortunate truck accident may be useful in proving negligence in this case, which could lead the court to award the family damages that could lessen the financial burden placed on it due to the passing of the victim.