Tractor trailers are the largest vehicles on the road. Their immense size and weight dwarfs that of a car or a pickup truck, which can make a motorcycle seem like a bug when compared to the massive machine. A collision between the largest and smallest motor vehicles on the road almost always end in a fatality, but on August 7th a motorcyclist defied the odds. A man survived an 18-wheeler crash—but how?
A 50-year-old motorcyclist was riding up to U.S. 190 West and preparing to turn onto the highway. He came to a full stop, looked around, and then an 18-wheeler smashed into him and his bike. The truck had taken a sudden right hand turn, barreled over the motorcycle and careened into a drainage ditch.
How Did The Rider Survive?
Luckily—though painfully—the Harley rider was thrown clear from his bike during the initial impact. Tuesday the 11th, his condition improved from critical to serious.
“There is no doubt in my mind that his guardian angel was with him during the accident,” says Slidell Police Chief Randy Smith.
What Happened To The Truck Driver?
The 56-year-old truck driver from Hudsonville, Michigan was unsteady, slurring his speech, and appeared to be under the influence of both alcohol and drugs. He is being held in the St. Tammany Parish Jail and faces charges of reckless driving, first-degree negligent injury, and DWI.
Because their vehicles are so much larger than others, truck drivers have to conform to a higher standard of highway safety, but sometimes truckers neglect those standards. All drivers need to be cautious around 18-wheelers, but remember that motorcyclists are vulnerable to all vehicles. Help avoid motorcycle accidents, and keep an eye out for motorcyclists.
Galloway Jefcoat LLP—Personal Injury Attorneys in Lafayette, LA