Summer has returned to the Bayou State, and Louisiana residents are out and about. With tourist season in full swing, drivers have likely noticed that the roads are more crowded than ever. From large trucks to small vehicles like motorcycles, drivers must use extra caution when traffic is heavy. Sadly, despite the best efforts of drivers, car accidents still occur every day. Car accidents can prove particularly devastating to motorcyclists, even if they are equipped with proper safety gear.
Recently, a man was driving on I-10 eastbound on his motorcycle, and was wearing a helmet for safety. A few vehicles back, a man in an SUV was traveling too fast and crashed into the back of a pickup truck. Though the driver of the pickup was reportedly not at fault for the collision, his vehicle hit the motorcycle as the result of a chain reaction. The motorcycle driver was thrown off of his bike, and despite the proper use of a helmet, suffered fatal injuries. Louisiana police say the motorcycle driver was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of the pickup was not injured, but the person who caused the accident suffered moderate injuries. After an initial investigation, Louisiana police have determined that speed was a contributing factor in the crash. They have indicated that charges will be filed against the driver of the SUV when the investigation is complete.
It is always traumatic when loved ones are killed as the result of car accidents. In this case, the driver of the motorcycle, a young man of 27, had made every effort to safely enjoy his drive. When serious car accidents are caused by another driver, victims and their families may feel angry because they have suffered great loss due to someone else’s negligence. In fatal accident cases, surviving family members may find it helpful to team up with an experienced attorney. An attorney might be able to assist them as they attempt to deal with the aftermath of the tragedy, which can often include things like medical bills, funeral expenses, legal action against the driver at fault and insurance matters.