Tractor trailer trucks, often referred to as “semis,” rarely collide with each other. Most accidents involving these large vehicles, usually involve smaller vehicles as “victims.” In an exception to this statistic, in a recent head-on collision in De Soto Parish, two semis collided with each other, resulting in the death of one driver.
How the accident happened
According to the police report, both trucks were traveling on LA Highway 5, one headed north and the other headed south. The driver of the northbound truck, a 2019 Peterbilt tractor-trailer, lost control of his vehicle, and his trailer struck the cab of the southbound truck, a Kenworth tractor trailer. Both drivers were wearing their seatbelts, but the driver of the southbound truck suffered fatal injuries. Neither alcoholic nor drug impairment is suspected, but police have no immediate explanation for the collision. As with most fatal traffic accidents in Louisiana, police are continuing their investigation. Routine toxicology samples were taken and are currently being analyzed. The driver of the southbound truck was wearing his seat belt and was not injured.
Determining liability in an accident of this nature can be difficult. The owners of each truck may be difficult to identify. Police must also determine whether either driver violated any traffic laws and whether any such violation may have caused the accident. The state’s workers compensation laws will also affect who bears first party liability for the damages suffered by the deceased driver’s family. One of the police officers on the scene mentioned inclement weather in his statement to reporters and reminded drivers to keep their speeds below the posted limits.
Anyone who has suffered an injury or lost a loved in a crash similar to this one and wants to explore seeking an award of damages from the negligent party may benefit from speaking to a knowledgeable auto accident attorney for an evaluation of the evidence and an opinion on the likelihood of recovering damages for medical expenses, lost income, and future lost income.