New Orleans, LA- A Louisiana police officer suffered severe injuries last week when his patrol car and a tractor-trailer collided. Police are still investigating the crash, but circumstances point to a failure to yield the right of way as the primary cause.
Louisiana Officer Hurt in Tractor-Trailer Accident
A law enforcement officer in Caddo Parrish was severely injured on December 19, 2017, when he was involved in a collision with a tractor-trailer around 6:00 p.m.
KSLA reports that the injured officer was traveling on Bert Kouns in the southbound lanes and the tractor-trailer was traveling in the northbound lanes when the crash occurred. At Julie Francis Drive, the tractor-trailer made a left turn in the path of the patrol car. The patrol car hit the truck and slid part of the way under the trailer.
Officials at the scene told KSLA that the officer’s car made contact with the tractor-trailer’s axle. The officer, who was responding to a call, suffered severe injuries.
The truck driver was not injured.
The accident remains under investigation, and no citations have were issued.
Failing to Yield the Right of Way
It is unclear who was at fault for the accident discussed above, but failure to yield appears to be the cause. Failure to yield the right of way causes numerous semi-truck crashes in Louisiana and includes actions such as pulling in front of another vehicle or turning into a motorist’s path when they have the right of way.
All motorists, whether they are in command of a car or a commercial truck, have what is referred to as a “duty of care.” It is a legal term which refers to a motorist’s obligation to drive in a manner that does not endanger other motorists. Under the “duty of care” standard, truck drivers and passenger vehicle motorists are negligent if they take actions that no other reasonable person would take and harm someone.
Examples of truck drivers ignoring their duty of care include:
Driving faster than the posted speed limit
Failure to yield to a turning vehicleWere you hurt in a commercial trucking accident? Call one of the truck accident lawyers at the Smith Stag Law Firm in New Orleans. You can reach their office by calling 504-593-9600.
Rear-ending a car because of fatigue or distraction
Running a red light or stop sign
Following too closely
Weaving in and out of a lane of travel
Any driver who engages in the behaviors above can be in breach of their duty of care and may be financially liable for a victim’s economic damages.
Consult with a Trucking Accident Attorney in New Orleans
When you want to recover compensation for your commercial trucking accident in Louisiana, you need to be able to show negligence on a truck driver’s behalf and prove that you were harmed because of that driver’s careless actions. To do that, you need a trucking accident lawyer working on your claim. We have a team of dedicated and skilled litigators in the Bayou State willing to go the extra mile for your case and secure the best possible settlement for you and your loved ones.
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