WBRZ2 reports on yet another motor vehicle collision on I-10 East, right before the exit for La. 415. This particular stretch of highway is notorious for its congestion—and for the devastating crashes that often result.
In fact, there have been several fatal accidents near this area over the last few months. Fortunately, the most recent collision did not cause any fatalities; however, it did injure two.
Responders had to cut one of the accident victims out of the mangled cab of a semi-truck. It took them more than 30 minutes to free the man from the wreckage, and he was rushed to a local hospital with critical injuries. Another individual involved in the collision also sustained critical injuries.
Crashes involving tractor-trailers might be common on this stretch of road, but the most recent accident had one element that past collisions have not: a dermatology resident. Upon approaching the accident scene, the doctor stopped to help first responders render aid.
The state has recognized that Baton Rouge traffic routinely backs up on this stretch of interstate. In an attempt to alert motorists of the congestion, officials have installed yellow, diamond-shaped signs that say “Be prepared to stop” and have flashing yellow lights.
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How Can I Avoid a Collision During Rush Hour?
More congestion typically means more collisions, and I-10 East is a prime example of this principle. Although the only foolproof way to avoid getting into a collision during rush hour is to stay off the road entirely, there are steps you can take to reduce the risk of causing an accident. For example, you can:
- Eliminate distractions;
- Drive defensively;
- Keep your eyes on the road;
- Adjust your driving for the conditions when the weather is poor;
- Follow all local traffic laws;
- Refrain from switching lanes; and
- Watch out for any debris in the road.
How Can I Avoid a Semi-Truck Collision?
If you must ride alongside semi-trucks on your way to work each day, you may be concerned about getting into a collision with a vehicle that is much heavier than your own. You can reduce the risk of getting into a truck accident by:
- Avoiding truckers’ blind spots;
- Maintaining plenty of stopping distance between your car and the truck ahead of you;
- Letting trucks turn without passing them; and
- Driving in a predictable manner by following the rules of the road.
If you had the misfortune of getting into a collision with a reckless driver or a drowsy trucker, you may be able to recover compensation for the damages you incurred. A Baton Rouge accident lawyer from Laborde Earles Law Firm will investigate your case and gather evidence to help you prove negligence, liability, and the value of your damages.
Call 800-522-6733 to schedule a free case evaluation. You can learn more about truck accident claims in Louisiana by visiting USAttorneys.com.