Louisiana will always have large trucks sharing the road with conventional vehicles. This is necessary for the economy and to transport a variety of goods back and forth. However, it glosses over the reality that these trucks can pose a danger to people in smaller vehicles. With a crash involving a truck, there is a good chance that there will be serious injuries and even a fatality. Those who have suffered the loss of a loved one in a truck crash must make certain that they keep their options open to consider a wrongful death lawsuit.

A crash killed a 29-year-old woman when an 18-wheeler rear-ended the vehicle she was in. The woman was a passenger in a 2000 Toyota pickup that was being driven by her mother. The others in the pickup – one a toddler – were in the vehicle and suffered minor injuries. The woman who died was thrown from the vehicle. The truck, a 2016 Freightliner, crashed into the back of the pickup sending it off the road and forcing it to overturn. It then hit numerous trees. The woman was declared dead at the site of the crash. Alcohol is not believed to have been a factor in the accident, but the truck driver was arrested for several charges including three counts of negligent injuring, negligent homicide, and following too closely.

There is an inherent trust that drivers of conventional vehicles will put in drivers of large trucks that they will operate their vehicles safely and within the rules of the road. When that trust is betrayed, it can lead to a fatal accident. The family left behind after a fatal crash will need to pay for funeral expenses and be confronted with the emotional and personal reality that their family member is gone and will never come back. There could be financial ramifications and more. A legal filing might not bring the person back, but it can help to cover some of what was lost.

In this accident, a large truck ran into the back of a pickup and killed a passenger. The investigation into the case is ongoing, but the woman’s family must make sure to protect themselves. For help with a lawsuit to receive compensation, they should contact a lawyer immediately to prepare to take the next steps to a legal filing.

Source: nola.com, “Woman killed, truck driver charged in Tangipahoa accident,” Kim Chatelain, Nov. 15, 2017