Following closely behind another vehicle can be a dangerous decision. Should that vehicle decide to slow down to make a turn, a driver who doesn't allow enough space might find it difficult to react in time to avoid collision. Although many rear-end car accidents may be nothing more than mere fender benders, some can be devastating. A recent rear-end collision in Louisiana has claimed the life of a 44-year-old woman.
Law enforcement agents have advised the accident took place at around 4 p.m. on a recent Wednesday. According to reports, the woman was slowing down to make a left turn when her car was suddenly rear-ended by a truck. The impact of this collision forced her vehicle into an oncoming lane, which subsequently caused it to hit a tractor-trailer head on.
While the drivers of both trucks weren't injured in the incident, the woman was reportedly pronounced dead at the scene. The road was shut down for several hours while authorities performed an investigation into the crash. Although impairment isn't suspected to be a contributing factor, police have advised that blood samples were taken and that criminal charges are pending.
In some cases, it may take little more than a moment of inattention for disaster to strike. Should the driver of the first truck be deemed at fault in the accident, which is likely, the surviving family members of the victim may wish to pursue accountability through the civil justice system. Since this can be complex, a family in Louisiana could consult with a personal injury attorney for assistance in navigating the process.
Source: wafb.com, "1 dead in crash on Florida Blvd. in Livingston Parish; victim identified", Mykal Vincent, April 11, 2018