Residents in New Orleans encounter various types of weather. While snow and ice during the winter months do not frequently occur, Louisiana residents see their fair share of rain. A light shower may not create much of any hazards for drivers, but heavy rain could lead to severe dangers and risks on the roadways. Drivers should be cautious during inclement weather in order to reduce their chances of being involved in a car accident. Failure to do so could be deemed negligent.
Louisiana authorities are still investigating a recent crash that occurred on the Belle Chasse Bridge. According to preliminary reports, the accident happened when a pick-up was traveling at a high rate of speed during the rain. The speeding vehicle lost control, causing it to hit a guardrail, spin and catch on fire.
A second vehicle traveling on Louisiana 23 was not able to stop their vehicle in order to avoid the truck tat lost control. This resulted in a second collision. According to emergency crews, those traveling in the second vehicle suffered injuries but were not classified as serious. In addition, it was reported that this crash resulted in one death and a seriously injured victim.
When a vehicle is speeding, this could be considered negligent or reckless, especially when the roads are wet from the rain. If a negligent driver causes a crash, they could be liable for the resulting injuries, deaths and damages. A personal injury claim could be filed by an injured victim and could help them recover compensation for their losses and damages.
Following an automobile collision, accident victims should seek to understand the cause of a crash. Full and proper investigation should help them reveal cause and assign fault. Furthermore, these details could help them with any civil actions they seek to file.
Source: The Times-Picayune, "Fatal car accident on Belle Chasse Bridge leaves northbound LA 23 closed," Benjamin Alexander-Bloch, Jan. 23, 2015