A family from a neighboring state recently traveled to Louisiana only to lose a loved one soon after crossing the border. Deputies from the Caddo Sheriff's office issued an APB for a truck operator whose trailer might be missing a wheel. This followed their response to a crash on Interstate 20 in the early morning hours of a recent Saturday.
Along with firefighters, deputies arrived at the scene to find an SUV that had been struck by a wheel and tire said to have detached from a tractor trailer. Reportedly, the SUV was eastbound into Louisiana when a westbound big rig lost one of its wheels. The impact was on the SUV's windshield, causing the death of the 38-year-old passenger in the front seat.
The deceased woman was the wife of the SUV driver and mother of four children who were also in the SUV at the time of the incident. Reportedly, none of them suffered more than minor injuries. They were all treated at the accident scene. Footage of surveillance cameras on the interstate will likely help in the investigation of this crash.
In a case such as this one, the surviving spouse can pursue recovery by filing a wrongful death claim in a Louisiana civil court. However, with the help of an experienced motor vehicle accident attorney, there may be several parties who can be named as defendants. Along with the truck operator, the owner of the truck, and possibly also the company that is responsible for maintenance on the vehicle, may be held accountable for damages if negligence can be established. A lawyer can explore the potential avenues that can be utilized to obtain recovery of financial and emotional losses suffered by the surviving family members.
Source: shreveporttimes.com, "Errant tire from truck strikes SUV on I-20, claims life of Oklahoma woman", August 5, 2017