For those who ride motorcycles, the open road provides both freedom and peril. In spite of the caution an experienced rider may exercise, no amount of diligence can protect against the negligence or malice displayed by some motorists. One truck driver is facing charges in Louisiana after what may be considered the wrongful death of a motorcyclist.
According to several law enforcement eyewitnesses, a motorcyclist was driving his bike eastbound down a local road. Following closely behind the motorcyclist was a semi tractor hauling a tanker. Officers had responded to an earlier incident and witnessed the motorcyclist yelling at the trucker. As the officers attempted to wave the two vehicles over, the trucker purportedly accelerated and hit the rear tire of the bike repeatedly in quick succession.
Before officers could take action, the trucker then struck the bike hard enough to eject the rider from the motorcycle. As the rider landed on the road's surface, he was run over by every wheel on the passenger side of the semi. The victim died immediately. When the trucker was taken into custody, he claimed that he was unaware of the presence of the motorcyclist and he thought he had struck a pothole.
The trucker was charged with negligent homicide and is awaiting further proceedings in this case. Traffic surveillance disputes the driver's claim that he did not see the motorcyclist as it shows the vehicle several yards ahead of the truck before he was struck. It is unknown why the victim was upset with the trucker before the fatal incident though he may have had concerns for his safety. Those who have lost loved ones in a fatal Louisiana crash caused by the actions of another motorist may have recourse for pursuing recovery of their monetary damages through a wrongful death civil suit.