TheTownTalk reports on a tragic collision that occurred early last Thursday on La. Highway 124 between a passenger car and a loaded log truck. A 26-year-old man driving a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu was heading east near the Winn-LaSalle parishes line with two passengers in the vehicle when he lost control at the wheel.
Louisiana State Police Troop E claims the man then caused a head-on collision, striking a 1993 Peterbilt truck that was traveling west. The truck was loaded with logs at the time of the crash.
The Chevy driver died at the scene, as did his 22-year-old passenger. The 24-year-old passenger who was riding in the Chevy sustained minor injuries and refused medical aid.
A 55-year-old man was driving the log truck. He was wearing his seatbelt when the crash occurred and sustained minor injuries. He refused medical aid, as well.
This was the 29th fatal collision in Troop E in 2017. The results of routine toxicology tests following the crash are pending.
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Why Do People Lose Control of Their Vehicles?
Can you remember what your first thought was the last time you saw a vehicle swerve or drift out of its lane? Depending on the time of day, you may have assumed the driver was drowsy or perhaps even driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Drunk and drowsy driving are two of the most common reasons why people lose control of their vehicles, but they are not the only causes. Other possible reasons include:
- Distracted driving;
- Poor road conditions;
- Reckless driving;
- A vehicle malfunction; and
- A medical emergency.
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How Can I Reduce the Risk of Losing Control of My Vehicle?
You can reduce the risk of causing a serious and even fatal collision by maintaining control of your vehicle at all times. In order to do this, you should:
- Eliminate distractions;
- Adjust your speed to the weather and road conditions;
- Maintain your vehicle so it is always in good working order;
- Designate a driver if you plan on drinking; and
- Avoid driving when you are not well rested.
Sadly, you can make it a point to follow all the rules of the road and still end up in a devastating collision. If you were hurt in a car accident despite following all local traffic laws, an Alexandria car wreck attorney from Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers will investigate your case and gather evidence to prove negligence, liability, and the value of your damages.
In addition to medical records, photos of the crash scene, and the police report, we may use testimonies from medical experts, financial experts, and accident reconstruction experts to support your claim. Call (337) 777-7777 to schedule a free case evaluation.