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Trucker negligence blamed for fatal wreck that killed 1

A young man in Louisiana recently lost his life in an accident with a dump truck. Trucker negligence is believed to have caused the multi-vehicle crash that occurred in Zachary on Oct. 21. Criminal charges are expected to be filed in this case.

According to reports, a 26-year-old male was operating a dump truck on U.S. Highway 61, when he allegedly ran a stop sign then came to a stop in the median. The driver of a car on 61 then hit the dump bed, lost control of his vehicle and struck a pickup in the oncoming lane. The driver of the car -- a 29-year-old male -- was killed in the crash. It was not reported if the driver of the pickup -- a 59-year-old male -- suffered any injuries.

The driver of the dump truck survived the incident, though he did suffer minor injuries. He was transported to an area hospital for treatment. According to police, upon his release from the medical facility he is expected to be arrested. Charges to be filed against him include failure to stop at a stop sign and negligent homicide. Impairment is not suspected to be a contributing factor in this collision.

When trucker negligence is believed responsible for an accident, the driver and his or her employer may be held legally responsible for any damages sustained by the victims or -- in the event of fatality -- their surviving family members. In this particular case, the decedent's loved one's may pursue wrongful death claims in a Louisiana civil court in an effort to seek compensation for their losses. The surviving victim, if he suffered any injuries, may also pursue civil actions in order to seek relief for any damages he may have sustained.

Source: therepublic.com, "State police: Dump truck driver blamed for fatal wreck", Oct. 25, 2016

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