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18-wheeler accident claims life of Louisiana woman

No matter the time of day, navigating Louisiana's highways can be a challenging undertaking. With the increasing numbers of tractor-trailers sharing the roads, traveling from one place to another requires care and diligence, especially since many drivers allow distractions to take their focus off of the road. Sadly, one local woman was recently killed in an 18-wheeler accident.

According to the preliminary accident report, a 25-year-old man was operating a semitrailer loaded with logs. The driver had just exited Highway 171 Business and pulled out onto Highway 171 South. This maneuver placed the 18-wheeler into the path of an oncoming passenger vehicle. The 30-year-old woman driving that vehicle was unable to avoid a collision.

The smaller vehicle collided with the rear of the big rig. The woman was transported to a local medical center where she was later pronounced dead. The driver of the truck was not injured in the crash. Louisiana officials cited the trucker for failing to obey a stop sign.

The investigation has not been completed and it remains to be seen whether the trucker will face any additional charges in connection with this fatal crash. Officials are reminding all motorists to pay proper attention while driving and to always use their safety restraints. The victim's family are understandably distraught at the sudden and preventable loss of their loved one. Those who have lost loved ones or suffered serious injuries due to an 18-wheeler accident typically sustain significant monetary losses as well. An experienced attorney may be able to help families impacted by these crashes to obtain just compensation for their damages through the civil courts by means of a successfully navigated lawsuit.

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