These days, roadways across the state of Louisiana are crowded and constantly flooded with traffic. Traveling by motorcycle on these congested streets and highways can be incredibly dangerous. Motorcycles have a smaller profile and are more difficult for other drivers to spot. Since motorcyclists are totally exposed, motorcycle accidents usually end in serious injury or death. Recently in Baton Rouge, a motorcyclist was killed after being struck by a tractor-trailer.
The accident happened during the late afternoon hours along the eastbound lanes of Florida Boulevard. According to reports, the driver of a tractor-trailer struck a motorcycle from behind. Reports said the motorcycle became lodged under the front of the truck and ejected the motorcyclist. Tragically, the tractor-trailer then ran over the motorcyclist and killed him, authorities said.
Prior to the accident, witnesses said the motorcyclist yelled something to the truck driver, who then struck the motorcycle several times from behind. Reportedly, an officer who was in the area at the time ordered the vehicles to pull over, but the truck driver accelerated and again ran into the motorcycle. Police said the truck driver was arrested and charged with negligent homicide.
Motorcycles can definitely be a fun way to travel, but those who ride motorcycles face dangers and challenges that are not present for those in passenger vehicles. To prevent motorcycle accidents, Louisiana drivers should always pay attention to their surroundings and remain focused behind the wheel. When a loved one is lost due to negligence in an accident, the surviving family members have the option take legal action. A successful lawsuit could provide much-needed compensation to help families with end-of-life expenses and other monetary losses.