Rear-end collisions may commonly be thought of as minor incidents that take place mostly at traffic lights. However, they can also be dangerous at times, especially when commercial vehicles are involved. Truck accidents can have devastating consequences, and a recent collision involving a box truck in Louisiana has left one person with serious injuries and claimed the life of another.
Law enforcement agents assert the incident took place on a local interstate at around 11 a.m. on a recent Monday. According to reports, the driver of a box truck failed to react to a sudden halt in traffic and subsequently rear-ended another vehicle. Upon arriving at the scene, emergency responders transported the passenger of that vehicle to a medical facility for treatment of serious injuries, but the driver was pronounced dead at the scene.
Authorities have advised that an investigation into the crash is underway and that the driver of the box truck has been taken into custody. According to police, the driver is facing charges for negligent homicide and negligent injury. Although police do not suspect intoxication to be a contributing factor, toxicology samples were reportedly taken for testing purposes.
When serious or fatal truck accidents occur, the victims or surviving family members of deceased victims may wish to pursue restitution through the civil justice system. However, even in the presence of criminal charges, the process can be complex, and one may find it beneficial to seek guidance from a personal injury attorney. An attorney can examine the situation and assist a client in Louisiana in pursuing the full amount of restitution to which he or she is entitled to receive.
Source: nola.com, "Metairie man arrested in fatal crash on I-10", Laura Mcknight, April 3, 2018