Many box trucks are made to carry heavy loads, and the increase to size and weight of similar vehicles inherently makes them more difficult to maneuver. Should a driver lose control of a box truck and cross into another lane, the results can be cataclysmic, and car accidents of a similar nature could lead to serious injuries. One person has died and another suffered major injuries in a recent collision involving a box truck in Louisiana.
Authorities have advised that the collision took place at 11:30 p.m. on a recent Friday. According to reports, the driver of a box truck crossed into the opposite lane and collided head-on with an oncoming vehicle. The driver of the truck suffered fatal injuries and died soon thereafter, while the driver of the second vehicle was rushed to a hospital for treatment of severe injuries.
Police have advised that impairment doesn't appear to have been a contributing factor and no further information was provided as to what might have caused the accident to occur. With the decrease in maneuverability, once a box truck veers off path, drivers may find it difficult to maneuver back into the proper lane. Should another vehicle be in the path of a wayward truck, the consequences can be disastrous.
While all car accidents can be dangerous, collisions involving large trucks pose a greater threat to a person's safety. Those who suffer serious harm in such an accident may be entitled to pursue restitution through the civil justice system, but they might be uncertain about the next steps to take. Fortunately, there are attorneys that can assist a client in Louisiana in pursuing compensation through a personal injury claim against the party deemed responsible.