On the morning of August 11th, four vehicles collided after a prior wreck caused a sudden traffic jam. In the aftermath, a local law enforcement advocate dies, and now a truck driver waits to see if he will face charges.
What Caused The Truck Accident?
On that Tuesday morning, the founder of Louisiana Law Enforcement Support was driving on I-10 when her Ford Focus was struck from behind. A 57-year-old man driving an International box truck had somehow been caught off guard by a slowdown in traffic, so he swerved to avoid crashing into the car directly in front of him. He instead collided with the advocate’s Ford, which bounced off another vehicle to its right and then crashed into the rear of a Peterbilt 18-wheeler.
Though the woman was wearing her safety belt, she sustained mortal injuries and was pronounced dead on the scene. The community and her family are mourning the loss.
What Will Happen To The Truck Driver?
The driver of the box truck stayed on the scene and cooperated with police. He gave a sample, as did the other drivers involved, to test for alcohol or drugs, but impairment is not suspected as the cause of the crash. Police did not charge the man while on the scene, but the Iberville Parish District Attorney’s Office is reviewing the case and considering negligent homicide charges.
Considering the circumstances of this crash, no one can be sure if criminal charges will be pursued, but the families of crashes like this still have options. Sometimes a truck accident can leave victims and their families reeling from medical expenses, property damage, and funeral costs, but an experienced attorney can help. Truck drivers, and the companies they work for, can still be taken to civil court, even if they are not criminally charged. For more info, visit our truck accidents page, and keep following our blog for the latest news that affects our community.
Galloway Jefcoat LLP—Personal Injury Attorneys in Lafayette, LA