Attempting to pass another vehicle on a two-lane road can be dangerous. Even in areas where oncoming traffic is clearly visible, judging the speed of other vehicles can be challenging, and car accidents that occur under similar circumstances have the potential to end in disaster. A recent collision in Louisiana that took place under similar circumstances claimed the life of a 46-year-old man.
According to reports, the man was driving west just before 8 p.m. on a recent Friday when the driver of another vehicle approaching from behind attempted to pass him. This vehicle hit a tractor-trailer head-on, causing it to veer into the other lane and collide with the driver's side of the man's truck. Although authorities say he was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, unfortunately, he was pronounced dead at the scene.
It is unclear what may have caused the other driver to attempt such a dangerous maneuver. Those who exhibit such negligence not only endanger themselves, but they may also put the safety of everyone nearby at risk. In similar incidents, the victims generally have little to no time to react to the decisions of others and, in some cases, are left to suffer the consequences.
Negligence among drivers has been the cause of far too many fatal car accidents, leaving surviving family members to suffer the loss of loved ones. When facing a similar circumstances, a family could be entitled to compensation for their loss, but the process can be challenging to navigate, especially alone. By speaking with an experienced attorney, a client in Louisiana could obtain some much-needed assistance in pursuing restitution through a wrongful death claim against the party deemed at fault.
Source: knoe.com, "Two Madison Parish crashes kill two people overnight", Sept. 9, 2017