With the inherent size and weight of a tractor-trailer, smaller vehicles may stand little chance of holding their own should a collision occur. A commercial vehicle accident can be a dangerous incident that could place the lives of everyone involved in harm's way. A recent collision involving a semi in Louisiana has left two individuals with injuries and claimed the life of another.
According to reports, the incident took place just before 3 a.m. on a recent Wednesday when a semi suddenly slammed into the back of another vehicle on Interstate 55. The initial impact forced the vehicle off the road and caused it to collide with several nearby trees after overturning. A passenger in the vehicle was ejected from within and was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, and the driver and a child also suffered injuries in the process.
Authorities launched an investigation into the incident, and suggest that speed may have been a contributing factor. They have also advised that the driver of the semi submitted to a breath test, which didn't indicate the presence of intoxication. However, he was taken into custody soon thereafter, and is reportedly facing multiple charges in relation to the accident, including negligent homicide and following too closely.
Losing a loved one in a fatal commercial vehicle accident can be a stressful and daunting experience. Families who face a similar circumstance may wish to pursue restitution through the civil justice system, potentially prompting a need to seek guidance from an attorney. An attorney can thoroughly examine the situation and assist a client in Louisiana in pursuing the full amount of compensation entitled through a wrongful death claim.
Source: theadvocate.com, "Greenwell Springs woman killed in Wednesday morning crash in Tangipahoa, police say", Nov. 15, 2017