Traveling the highways throughout Louisiana and everywhere else can be a dangerous undertaking due to the heavy traffic and presence of commercial vehicles. The majority of motorists take precautions to ensure that they drive carefully to ensure their safety as well as that of their fellow travelers. Unfortunately, horrific accidents occur much too frequently and can often be attributed to the actions of a negligent truck driver.
Louisiana police recently responded to the scene of a tragic collision involving a small passenger car and an 18-wheeler. According to the preliminary report, the car, which was being driven by a 17-year-old female, was slowing down in preparation to navigate an upcoming turn. The driver of a tractor-trailer following the vehicle purportedly failed to take evasive measures to prevent an accident and the two vehicles collided.
The force of the wreck caused the passenger vehicle to overturn and the tractor-trailer continued crashed into a tree. Three of the car's occupants, a 45-year-old woman, a 24-year-old woman and a 3-year-old child, were all killed in the crash. The driver suffered moderate injuries and was transported to a nearby hospital. The truck driver was also injured and taken for medical care.
Crash scene investigators initially believed that the child was not secured in a safety restraint; however, further investigation revealed that the child was securely fastened but the condition of the wreckage made it difficult to confirm that fact. Officials charged the trucker with several counts, including three counts of negligent homicide and reckless driving. These types of tragic accidents cause untold pain and financial hardships for victims and surviving family members. When they are caused by a negligent truck driver, it may only add to the grief and feelings of senselessness families endure. Victims -- or their family members -- may elect to pursue recovery of their financial losses through a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit against the parties deemed responsible for their damages.