A young girl was recently killed in a tragic truck accident after she was thrown from the pick-up’s cargo area. A local woman was moving her trashcans. Two young girls were riding in the bed of her truck to assist her. The two girls were sisters, ages 12 and 15. The woman temporarily parked her truck along the side of the highway in order to move her trash cans. Meanwhile, a young man was driving West in the same area. He attempted to avoid a crash, but he was unable to dodge the truck entirely.
When the two trucks collided, both of the young girls were thrown from back of the truck. The older sister was pronounced dead, and the younger sister sustained serious injuries. A helicopter rushed both girls to Our Lady Lake Medical Center in Baton Rouge.
The police do not believe either driver was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the truck accident. They issued a warning to remind citizens that highways can be dangerous, and that people should be cautious of oncoming traffic whether or not they have passengers in the back of their truck. They especially wanted drivers to remember that poor weather or turns along the road can substantially reduce your visibility.
Does Riding in Cargo Area Increase the Risk of Injury in a Truck Accident?
This does raise some question about the safety of passengers in the cargo areas of trucks. Many people carry passengers in the backs of their vehicles for a variety of reasons. It’s not illegal for children under twelve to ride in the back of a truck in Louisiana, but it may be a safety concern. It could add to the potential risks of a truck accident, since there is little protection to prevent passengers from falling out of the back. Hopefully, the injured girl will recover well. In the meantime, we should all try to do our part to keep our streets safer for everyone.
Galloway Jefcoat, LLP is a Louisiana personal injury law firm that fights to protect victims of negligence.