With the inherent size and weight of a tractor-trailer, any mistakes in the operation of the vehicle can be catastrophic. A commercial vehicle accident can be exceedingly dangerous, potentially placing everyone nearby in harm's way. A recent accident involving a semi in Louisiana ended with three vehicles catching fire and three individuals suffering injuries.
According to reports, the incident occurred on a recent Sunday night as a tow truck was attempting to load a nearby vehicle. A tractor-trailer suddenly slammed into the side of the tow truck, and all three vehicles became engulfed in flames. During this process, two individuals inside the semi and the driver of the other vehicle were all thrown off the side of the bridge into the spillway below.
Emergency responders were able to extract the individuals from the water and rush them to the hospital for treatment. According to police, diesel fuel and an unspecified product from the semi covered all lanes of traffic, which led them to close the road until it could be cleared of all hazardous materials. Although an investigation into the incident is underway, it is unclear what might have caused the semi to sideswipe the tow truck.
With the extensive costs of medical treatment, those who suffer serious injuries in a commercial vehicle accident may face numerous hardships following the incident, physical and financial alike. If another party is deemed at fault in the collision, the victim could be entitled to restitution accordingly, but the process can be complex. When facing a similar situation, an individual in Louisiana could speak with an attorney for assistance in pursuing the full amount of compensation deserved through a claim against the party or parties deemed responsible.
Source: nola.com, "3 people thrown into spillway in accident Sunday night, closing I-10 West for hours", Marie Simoneaux, Sept. 18, 2017