Those who drive big rigs have a great deal of responsibility, not only to deliver the goods entrusted to them, but to ensure the safety of those they encounter on the highways along the way. A truck operator who fails to appreciate the importance of this responsibility may act negligently, resulting in accidents that cause injuries to others. One example of this is a recent truck accident that left a Louisiana family mourning the loss of a loved one.
A 33-year-old man was traveling east in the right lane of a two-lane highway just after midnight one recent morning. At the same time, a tractor-trailer driven by a 60-year-old man was traveling in the left lane. Reports indicate that the trucker lost his mobile phone when it dropped to the floorboards of the cab. Apparently, when he reached to the floor to find it, his truck veered into the right lane and collided with the smaller vehicle.
The truck and car swerved off the highway, and the driver of the car was ejected from his vehicle. The coroner's office pronounced him dead at the scene. The truck driver suffered minor injuries and was treated at a local hospital. He was charged with a minor traffic infraction, but Louisiana police may file additional charges as the investigation continues.
Distraction does not always include having a cellphone in one's hand. Distraction can include eating, adjusting the radio or temperature, or searching for items on the passenger seat or floor. A truck operator who is not focused on the road and the operation of his or her rig is placing lives in danger. Those who suffer injuries or lose loved ones in truck accidents have every right to seek legal counsel about their options for pursuing legal recourse.