Was trucker negligence responsible for recent crash?

Law enforcement officials in Louisiana are attempting to determine what caused a recent accident involving at least two vehicles. One of those vehicles was identified as a logging truck. Local authorities have called in assistance to help ascertain whether trucker negligence was the cause of the crash.

The crash occurred on Louisiana Highway 12. Fortunately, the logging truck was not carrying a load at the time. At least one person who was identified only as one of the drivers involved in the accident suffered injuries serious enough to necessitate being transported to a hospital in the area. The nature and extent of the driver's injuries, along with his or her current condition, were not available. No other injuries have been reported at this time.

The Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office was forced to shut down the section of the highway where the accident took place. No estimate could be given at the time regarding when the road may be passable again. The Louisiana State Police was contacted as well.

Local authorities did not speculate regarding who caused the crash or what factors may have been involved. If it is determined that the driver of the truck was responsible, it is not only that driver who could face a personal injury claim. If he was working at the time, his employer could also be named as a defendant under the legal theory of respondeat superior, which makes an employer vicariously liable for the negligent actions of an employee.

Therefore, if trucker negligence turns out to be the cause of this accident, damages may be sought against more than just the driver. The injured party is most likely incurring a significant amount of medical bills and possibly losing income as a result of the accident. Those losses and other damages may be awarded by a civil court if it is proved that the truck driver was negligent in a way that caused the accident and injuries that resulted.

Source: kplctv.com, "TRAFFIC: La. 12 shut down between DeQuincy and Ragley", Anne Robicheaux, Sept. 2, 2014

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