Under any circumstances, distracted driving is a dangerous habit. One of Louisiana’s recent fatal car accidents may have been the result of a distracted driver. Sadly, a two-vehicle crash resulted in the death of an employee of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development.
A 25-year-old man was operating a dump truck and pulled it to a stop near an active road construction site. The truck was serving to operate yellow warning lights for the construction work occurring on the road. Unfortunately, another driver — an 88-year-old man — did not notice the warning lights or the stopped dump truck. The vehicle operated by the elderly driver struck a DOTD worker who was standing behind the stationary dump truck.
After hitting the man, the vehicle struck the back of the dump truck. Sadly, the seriously injured victim did not survive. The driver of the dump truck was not injured, but the driver believed responsible did suffer some minor injuries. He was transported for treatment at a nearby medical facility. Although toxicology was taken for analysis of the driver’s sobriety, authorities do not believe that the crash resulted from impairment.
Understandably, fatal car accidents are tragic. Families of deceased victims in Louisiana may benefit from speaking with a personal injury attorney concerning their options to pursue claims for wrongful death through the civil justice system. Unexpected funeral expenses and the loss of a loved one’s income contribution can create significant financial stress, and the law provides the opportunity to hold negligent drivers fully accountable for their actions.
Source: iberianet.com, “DOTD worker dies after truck strikes him on La. Highway 31“, Corey Vaughn, July 4, 2017