Victims of truck accidents can have lengthy recoveries

Many people in Louisiana are fortunate enough to walk away from an accident involving a tractor trailer. More often, however, victims of truck accidents endure lengthy recoveries because, even though they survive, their injuries can be severe and life threatening. This was the fate of a pickup truck driver recently injured in a crash with an 18-wheeler.

Around 10:30 p.m., a semi was heading south on Highway 79. At the same time, a pickup truck pulling a trailer was northbound on the same highway. As the two vehicles headed toward each other, the big rig veered into the oncoming lane and smashed into the pickup head-on. The truck finally came to rest in the woods. The vehicle on the trailer flew off during the impact and struck an SUV behind it.

No one in the SUV was injured. The 52-year-old man driving the 18-wheeler was injured and remained hospitalized in good condition at last report. The man driving the pickup truck was the most seriously injured. He was flown from the scene to a hospital in the area with injuries considered to be life threatening.

It took deputies in Caddo Parish eight hours to clear the scene. It is not yet known what citations will be issued to the truck driver, but officials say he will be cited. In addition, the pickup truck driver may file a personal injury claim against him. As is the case in other Louisiana truck accidents, the driver's employer may also be listed as a defendant. Any award of damages received by the victim due to a successfully presented claim in which negligence is proved could help him deal with the financial impact of the crash.

Source: ksla.com, "Hwy 79 reopens after near fatal crash", July 16, 2015

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