As this blog has stated in the past, Interstate 49 can be a dangerous trucking corridor. It links many parts of the state and is often used to cross the state as well. With this increased use though, comes increased dangers as a recent truck accident demonstrates.
According to Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies, the two-vehicles that crashed were a private passenger-vehicle and an 18-wheeler. It happened on southbound I-49, just north of the Powhatan exit at milepost #153.
Several first responders were needed, including NPS Deputies, two Natchitoches Regional Medical Center EMS Units and Natchitoches Fire Department Rescue, among many other departments at the state and local level. Though, upon arrival, NPS Deputies several citizens were already assisting the accident victims.
According to the Louisiana State Police, a SUV was traveling southbound on I-49. Concurrently, the 18-wheeler, which was pulling several thousand pounds of cargo, was traveling behind the SUV. The 18-wheeler then impacted the SUV from behind, which caused the truck to careen down a ditch and overturn.
The drivers and passengers were all taken by first responders to the Natchitoches Regional Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries as everyone was wearing their seat belts. The reason why the accident occurred is still unknown, but the investigation is ongoing.
The rights of victims after truck accidents
Victims of car accidents and truck accidents have options. Even if the person responsible for the accident is not charged criminally, accident victims can sue the negligent driver in civil court with a personal injury lawsuit.
The personal injury lawsuit will allow the victim of negligent drivers to recoup their costs they incurred as a result of the negligent driver’s actions. In addition, it can help make them whole again by awarding damages for pain and suffering, among other injuries accident victims often experience. Though, the first step to this recovery is often calling a personal injury attorney.