Many motorists drive Interstate 10 through Louisiana every year. The sheer number of vehicles traveling this well-worn stretch of interstate increases the possibility of becoming involved in a car accident. Not surprisingly, numerous accidents occur each year, some of them fatal.
For the occupants of a Ford F-150 headed along Interstate 10 through Lake Charles, their trip along this highway ended in a tragic crash. According to Louisiana State Police, the accident occurred shortly before 2 a.m. when the driver of the pickup truck lost control and spun out on an overpass. The pickup came to rest in the middle of the road. In the wake of the incident, both the driver and one passenger stepped out of the truck to assess the situation.
At the same time, a westbound tractor-trailer was approaching the overpass at highway speeds. The truck ended up slamming into the driver of the Ford pickup. The impact then pushed the pickup into the passenger that had also exited the vehicle. The driver of the Ford died because of the injuries that he suffered. The surviving passengers, including the one that was outside of the pickup when it was struck, were all transported to a local hospital to be treated for moderate injuries that they each suffered; the semi-truck driver and his passenger were not injured in the wreck.
The driver of the 18-wheeler was subject to a toxicology screening as a matter of routine in Louisiana during a car accident investigation involving the death of a motorist. It is unknown at this time whether any charges will be filed against the driver of the semi. Regardless, the family of the deceased driver of the Ford truck could potentially file a wrongful death claim against the truck driver. The company that the driver was employed through may be held culpable as well. Likewise, the passengers are likely entitled to file personal injury claims for damages as well.
Source: kplctv.com, LSP: Winter driving conditions a factor in Calcasieu fatal crash, Anne Robicheaux, Jan. 24, 2014