A car accident involving just one or two cars is stressful enough, but chain-reaction crashes can result in many more ruined cars, injuries or even death, which leads to a wide range of legal problems to work out. An as-yet-unidentified man was killed on Saturday crossing Interstate 10 in Louisiana. The man had been involved in an auto accident in eastern New Orleans and was struck by a third vehicle. The man was returning to his vehicle after checking on the occupant of the vehicle he had hit.
The 31-year-old man was driving a Chevrolet pickup truck when he struck a car, sending it spinning out of control. The drivers were able to get their vehicles into the emergency lanes — the pickup truck driver on the left side of the highway and the Cavalier driver on the right side of the highway — before the driver of the pickup went to check on the 25-year-old driver of the car. As the pickup driver was returning to his vehicle, a car driven by a 24-year-old woman hit him. He died at the scene.
As the car that hit the man came to a stop, it was rear-ended by another vehicle driven by a 17-year-old boy. The injured woman was taken to an area hospital for treatment of what were initially described as minor injuries.
It will now be left to authorities to investigate the facts and circumstances surrounding all of the accidents. Skid marks, damage to the vehicles involved and witness statements will all be used to determine exactly what happened. While crossing an interstate is a dangerous undertaking, formal conclusions as to fault will necessarily await the publication of the official accident investigation report.
An auto accident can be nerve-wracking, but when people are injured or killed, the stress can be enormous. Adding to the trauma of the accident itself, those involved will have to worry about medical bills, property damage and potential lawsuits. It is important for anyone involved in an auto accident to be advised of their rights and responsibilities under Louisiana law and to contact an attorney to represent them.