Large trucks are a huge part of local and national transportation efforts. Because of this we see them regularly on our highways and even on local roads in Louisiana. Large trucks, however, are not the safest vehicles to be around. If a car ends up going head-to-head with a tractor-trailer or other large truck, the occupants of the car rarely come out unscathed. Sadly, a situation like this happened just last week in Ascension Parish.
Last Thursday afternoon, an elderly man was killed when his vehicle and a dump truck collided. Police say the fatal truck accident happened close to the intersection of Ashland Road and Louisiana 75 in Geismar.
As of right now, it is not clear which vehicle caused the tragic collision. Hopefully police will continue to investigate until they have an answer.
This fatal crash illustrates far too clearly the destruction and devastation a truck accident can cause. Victims of truck accidents and their families should be aware, however, that it is possible to take action against the person or company responsible for the collision.
In a truck accident like this one, where the vehicle was likely owned by the city or a private company, an injured victim or the family of an individual who was killed in a truck accident can file a civil lawsuit against both the driver and the company that owns the vehicle. Looking for things like poor maintenance, negligent driving and other factors can help build a strong case that could result in much-deserved compensation for the victim or his or her family.
Source: The Advocate, "Crash kills one in Ascension Parish," Sept. 21, 2013