Was trucker negligence the cause of 7-car pileup?

Most drivers expect congestion on Louisiana highways. They remain vigilant in order to adjust to the traffic patterns ahead of them. Unfortunately, not everyone pays close enough attention to the road to slow or stop when required. That kind of negligence can lead to disastrous results. In fact, trucker negligence is believed to have caused a recent pileup on Louisiana Highway 3132.

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development was forced to close a section of the highway known as Terry Bradshaw Passway for hours as the crash was investigated and cleaned up. Preliminary reports indicate that traffic had slowed ahead of an 18-wheeler. However, the truck driver failed to respond quickly enough and caused the accident.

Including the semi, a total of seven vehicles were involved. One of them, an SUV, flipped over when it was struck. Five people from four of the vehicles involved suffered injuries that were described only as non-life threatening. All of them were transported to a hospital in the area. No further information regarding the victims or the crash was available at the time of this writing.

Even though the injured parties' injuries were considered non-life threatening, that does not mean that they were minor. Some or all of them could be facing a lengthy recovery. During that time, some or all of them will likely be incurring medical expenses, lost income and other damages. Financial restitution may be available through the filing of personal injury claims against the truck driver and others. If trucker negligence is proved to a civil court's satisfaction, a monetary judgment could be entered in favor of each victim.

Source: ksla.com, "TRAFFIC ALERT: Terry Bradshaw Passway back open after major crash", Eric Pointer, Sept. 14, 2015

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