Semi-trailer trucks may be the least maneuverable vehicles that regularly travel on the country’s interstate highways. When the driver of a big-rig attempts to avoid a dangerous situation by turning sharply, the truck and trailer’s inherent instability can lead to a serious accident. A recent four-vehicle accident on I-10 in Acadia Parish demonstrates the point.
According to the Crowley Police Department, the incident began when an east-bound vehicle tried to stop suddenly and skidded into the guardrail. (No reason was given for the vehicle’s quick stop.) An eastbound 18-wheeler attempted to avoid the skidding car and overturned. The truck’s momentum carried it into the westbound lanes of I-10, where its cab was struck by another truck. According to police, the driver of the big rig died on impact. The accident caused traffic delays of several hours.
Two individuals involved in the accident were taken to nearby hospitals for treatment of their injuries. No information about their physical condition was released.
More information will be needed to ascertain which driver may have been at fault. The reason for the quick stop by the first vehicle will be critical, as will the speed of the 18-wheeler that skidded into the westbound lane. The speed of the truck that struck the 18-wheeler is also an essential piece of evidence.
Untangling claims and potential liability in a multi-vehicle accident similar to this one requires careful investigation and expertise. Anyone who may have been injured or lost a loved one in such an accident may benefit from consulting with an experienced personal injury attorney for an analysis of the evidence and an opinion of the likelihood of recovering damages for medical expenses, lost income, and partial or permanent disability.