A stoppage in traffic can occur at any moment and under a variety of circumstances. Upon approaching a congestion in traffic, drivers must use caution in allowing sufficient time to apply the brakes, as failure to do so increases the chances that dangerous car accidents will occur. One person has died and another suffered major injuries in a collision that took place under similar circumstances in Louisiana.
Louisiana State Police advised the incident occurred just after 4 p.m. on a recent Thursday as traffic came to a sudden halt following a separate collision. According to reports, a driver who was approaching the stoppage was unable to react quickly enough to bring his vehicle to a halt. Authorities advised that he swerved to avoid striking the vehicle in front of his and subsequently collided with the rear-end of a nearby Freightliner.
The driver of the car suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash soon thereafter. A passenger in his vehicle reportedly suffered severe injuries and was rushed to a nearby medical facility for treatment. While riding in another person's vehicle, passengers may have little control over what takes place on the road, and their safety is in part placed in the hands of the driver.
Car accidents can be catastrophic incidents, and when a driver's negligent actions lead to a dangerous collision, there is a chance a passenger may suffer harm in the process. Those who suffer serious injuries in such an incident could benefit from speaking with an attorney for guidance on their available options for pursuing restitution. An attorney can examine the accident thoroughly and assist a client in pursuing the full amount of compensation entitled through a personal injury claim.