Summer is a time when American families hit the roads in droves. The children are out of school, you’ve got some time off work and you’ve saved up the money to treat yourself and your family to a fun vacation. But part of that road-tripping can involve dealing with the tractor-trailers that crisscross the nation’s highways and roads all year round.
It’s a situation that many have experienced. You’re driving down the freeway and get stuck between two 18-wheelers or between an 18-wheeler and a cement barricade. It’s a scary place to be. Not only are 18-wheelers much larger, they have less maneuverability than passenger cars and person has no way of knowing whether a given truck driver is driving drunk or fatigued. When a truck accident happens in which smaller vehicles are hit, the difference in size and power usually causes major damage, both to the vehicles and the individuals inside.
In another state, a truck driver is facing charges in relation to an accident that occurred last week. According to authorities, he was speeding in a construction zone when he triggered a chain-reaction collision which involved several other vehicles, killing four people and leaving four others with injuries. The truck driver has been cited for several traffic violations in the past and is being accused of doctoring his log book to show that he started driving later than he really had.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a negligent truck driver here in Louisiana, you may want to speak to an attorney. He or she might be able to help you get compensation for medical expenses, loss of wages or pain and suffering.
Source: NBC Chicago, “Truck Driver Held on $1M Bail in Fatal I-55 Chain Reaction Crash,” Lauren Petty, July 23, 2014