Operating a vehicle in the wrong lane of traffic is never advisable, and far too many collisions have taken place under similar circumstances. While there may be numerous reasons in which a driver could exhibit an inability to maintain the proper lane, some tend to be more common than others, such as drunken or distracted driving. Car accidents of this nature run the risk of ending in catastrophe. A recent head-on collision in Louisiana has claimed the life of one, and left another with serious injuries.
According to authorities, the collision took place at around 10 a.m. on a recent Monday when a truck that was hauling an unoccupied trailer drifted into an oncoming lane. Soon thereafter, the truck struck another vehicle head-on, and the force of the impact caused a propane tank in the truck to erupt in flames, subsequently setting it on fire. The driver of the truck was reportedly pronounced dead at the scene, while the driver of the other vehicle was airlifted to the hospital for treatment of serious injuries.
It is unclear what may have caused the driver of the truck to cross into an oncoming lane, and an investigation into the incident is currently ongoing. Among similar incidents, distracted driving continues to be a significant concern. All it takes is a few seconds of inattention and a vehicle can travel several hundred feet without the driver being aware of what is taking place, which can prove extremely dangerous.
Should the investigation determine the wrong-way driver to be at fault in the collision, which is likely, the victim could be entitled to restitution through the civil justice system. Individuals who suffer serious injuries in car accidents of this nature could speak with a personal injury attorney for guidance on how to navigate the process. An attorney can examine the incident and assist a client in Louisiana in pursuing the compensation deserved through a claim against the party deemed at fault.
Source: katc.com, "One killed, another injured after head on crash on I-10 west Monday morning", Feb. 5, 2018