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Truck accident leads to 1 death, multiple injuries

On Behalf of | Mar 2, 2021 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

A teenage girl has sadly lost her life in a tragic semi-truck collision in Louisiana. Several other individuals have also been injured in the collision, which involved multiple automobiles. Sometimes, these types of crashes occur due to a motorist’s negligence, in which case the at-fault driver may be held liable for any deaths or injuries resulting from the crash.

How the unfortunate incident occurred

The recent motor vehicle accident took place along a bridge on a Tuesday morning. According to police, a 42-year-old man was driving a semitruck on the bridge. However, police reported he could not stop the truck while going downhill along a slope.  Authorities said multiple cars were in front of him at the time.

Police said a minimum of 16 automobiles ended up being involved in the chain-reaction crash. A girl, 13, passed away in the crash after the car that was carrying her was rear-ended by another automobile. Meanwhile, several other individuals suffered injuries and received treatment at the crash scene or were transported to a medical center. It was not clear whether the semi-truck driver who reportedly caused the collision would face charges as a result.

Legal options following the crash

If Louisiana police determine that the semi-truck driver caused the crash due to driving too quickly for traffic conditions, then the surviving loved ones of the deceased teenage girl may opt to file a wrongful death claim against him and possibly his employer. Likewise, any of the injured crash victims may choose to file personal injury claims against him and his employer, seeking the reimbursement of financial damages. If the plaintiffs are successful, they may receive damages to cover their hospital bills, funeral costs and other losses related to the multi-vehicle accident.