Attempting to pass a vehicle on a two-lane road can be a dangerous maneuver, especially when operating a tractor-trailer. With the increase in length of similar vehicles, judging the time it will take to pass another vehicle can be challenging. Truck accidents that take place under similar circumstances can have devastating consequences, and a recent collision in Louisiana led to the death of an 86-year-old man.
Initial investigations suggest the incident occurred on a recent Tuesday afternoon as the driver of a freightliner attempted to pass another vehicle on a two-lane road. Upon entering the opposite lane, his vehicle proceeded to collide head-on with a nearby truck. A nearby car was unable to react in time to avoid the collision and subsequently struck the truck, while a fourth car collided with debris from the other vehicles.
According to reports, the drivers of the third and fourth vehicles suffered only minor injuries in the accident. Unfortunately, the driver of the truck was pronounced dead at the scene. Law enforcement agents initiated an investigation into the accident, and the driver of the freightliner was taken into custody and charged with negligent homicide.
Individuals who lose loved ones in truck accidents may wish to exercise their rights to pursue restitution. However, even in the presence of criminal charges, navigating the civil justice system can be a complex process. When facing a similar situation, a person in Louisiana could choose to retain the services of an attorney for assistance in pursuing the full amount of compensation to which he or she is entitled to receive.