The sudden loss of a loved one in a traffic accident can be shocking and devastating to a family. In a moment, lives are changed, and a family is left to struggle with the aftermath. Speed and distraction play a major role in many Louisiana car accidents, and one local family is dealing with the grief and questions that follow such an accident.
A 58-year-old woman was driving eastbound with her passenger on a narrow road when a westbound wastewater truck crossed the line into her lane. The driver of the truck had apparently made an unsuccessful attempt to negotiate a curve in the road. As he tried to correct his mistake, he lost control of the truck, which collided with the woman’s vehicle and rolled on top of it.
The woman suffered crushing injuries, and authorities pronounced her dead at the scene. Her passenger was airlifted to a Louisiana hospital with serious injuries. The driver of the truck was not badly injured. Police cited him for careless operation of a vehicle, but the investigation continues and includes pending toxicology reports on the drivers.
While every driver has a responsibility to operate a vehicle with care and caution, those who drive large, heavy trucks pose an even greater danger when they fail to maintain their speed and focus on the road. Car accidents involving trucks can produce catastrophic results. Families who lose loved ones due to the negligence of a truck driver have the right to pursue compensation through the civil courts.