Most residents of Louisiana are aware of the risks of leaving their vehicle to change a tire or check a strange noise under the hood. Most people who are forced to change a tire pull entirely off the driving lane and attempt to complete the tire change on the shoulder. Occasionally, however, a driver is required to remain in or close to the lane of travel to make whatever change or adjustment is required. A recent truck collision in Lafayette shows how a seemingly safe activity can lead to a fatal collision.
According to Lafayette police, the victim was attempting to reattach his utility trailer to his truck. Both appear to have been partially in the travel lane. The driver of another truck struck the victim’s trailer and slammed it into the victim, crushing him between his trailer and his truck. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police arrested the other driver, who was not injured, and charged him with vehicular homicide, operating a vehicle while being intoxicated and careless operation of a vehicle. He is currently incarcerated in Lafayette Parish Correctional Center pending posting of a bond of $77,500. The Lafayette Police Department is continuing to investigate the accident.
The status of the dead man’s family is unknown, but it can be reasonably assumed that he had a spouse and one or more children. He may also have had siblings. Depending upon who has survived, the family has a strong claim for damages against the defendant for the wrongful death of the man who died. In a wrongful death case, damages depend upon the amount of financial support the decedent provided to his survivors. Damages may include lost financial support, lost comfort and support.
Anyone who has lost a loved one due the negligent act of another may wish to seek advice from an experienced injury attorney. A knowledgeable lawyer can evaluate the evidence and provide an estimate on the likelihood of recovering the kinds of damages listed above.