Truck drivers, like people driving in other vehicles on New Orleans' roadways, are prone to the occasional lapse in concentration while they are driving. The difference is that trucks are much bigger and heavier than smaller motor vehicles like cars and SUVs. This means that if a truck driver loses concentration and causes an accident, the consequences can be much more severe than when this happens with the driver of a car.
Big rig trucks and other large commercial vehicles are typically driven by professional drivers who must have special licenses. This means that the drivers of these vehicles should have special training oh how to safely operate these heavy vehicles. However, as noted above, even these professional and specially trained drivers can sometimes cause a truck accident.
Such was the case recently when the driver of a cement truck lost control of the truck and struck six other vehicles on a New Orleans road, including an 18-wheeler. The accident occurred at about noon on the North Claiborne Avenue Bridge. Members of the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD), along with firefighters and an EMS crew responded to the multi-vehicle crash scene. According to one witness, the cement truck hit the five other vehicles and then struck the 18-wheeler before coming to a stop.
Four people suffered injuries and emergency responders took them to a nearby hospital. A spokesman for the NOPD reported that none of the injuries were serious. None of the reports indicated what caused the driver to lose control of the cement truck.
Many truck accident victims are not as lucky as the ones in this case. These kinds of accidents often result in severe injuries or death to the people in the smaller vehicles.
If an accident like this occurs at the hands of a distracted truck driver, victims or their families are entitled to compensation. Although the injuries in this case may not have been serious, the victims will still have medical expenses to pay and damages to their vehicles. Accordingly, they have legal rights against the truck driver and the truck company.
Source: The Times-Picayune, "4 taken to hospitals as cement truck crashes into 6 vehicles on North Claiborne Ave.," Jonathan Bullington & Michael DeMocker, March 4, 2015