In some cases, traffic delays can be a minor inconvenience that may do little more than cause a person to become behind on schedule. However, in others, a sudden slow in traffic could prove disastrous, especially if the driver of a tractor-trailer fails to notice the delay in time to avoid causing a collision. A recent commercial vehicle accident that took place under similar circumstances in Louisiana has reportedly led to the death of four individuals.
Law enforcement agents advised the incident took place on a recent Saturday as numerous vehicles approached an area of congested traffic. Upon nearing the delay, police assert that the driver of a tractor-trailer failed to react quickly enough to allow ample time to stop and subsequently initiated a collision that involved as many as nine vehicles in total. The impact of the collision caused the truck and three other vehicles to erupt in flames.
Unfortunately, the driver of the semi and a driver and passenger of a car that was struck by the semi were pronounced dead at the scene. Another driver was rushed to a hospital for treatment shortly thereafter, but she passed away later on. Although it remains unclear what may have caused the driver of the semi to fail to notice the halt in traffic, authorities have advised that the investigation is still underway.
A commercial vehicle accident can be a dangerous incident that could leave a family grieving over a sudden and unexpected loss. Those who experience such loss may wish to pursue restitution through the civil justice system, and they could choose to retain the services of an attorney for assistance in the process. An attorney can examine the incident thoroughly and assist a client in Louisiana in pursuing the compensation entitled through a wrongful death claim against the party deemed culpable.
Source: arklatexhomepage.com, "UPDATE: Mother & son among four killed in south Louisiana crash", John Walton, May 27, 2018