Ocean Springs, MS- When we see a broken down motorist some of us will stop without thinking twice about the possible risks. We stop without thinking that we could be struck by a passing motorist, but that’s what happened to a Louisiana woman who was killed along Interstate 10 in Jackson County.

Police say 44 year-old Wendy Snelling and her family was traveling on I-10 last Friday morning (Oct. 17), when stopped to help a stranded motorist. As Snelling stepped out of her vehicle, she was struck by a passing tractor-trailer, the Sun Herald reported.

The truck that hit Snelling was hauling several cars.

The accident occurred just after 8:30 a.m. and caused traffic to back up for two miles.

Police have not provided any additional information about the accident.

While we don’t know the reasons Snelling, accidents like this would give rise to questions about the truck driver’s behavior. To determine if a truck driver was negligent a truck accident attorney will have a number of questions such as: Was the driver distracted? Were they fatigued?

Fatigue is a major cause of truck accidents since truck drivers are on the road for long hours. Fatigue played a major role in an Illinois accident, similar to this Mississippi accident, which left one man dead and seriously injured a state trooper.

For that accident, which took place in January, a highway worker and a state police officer  stopped to aide a trucker, who had broken down.The highway worker, Vincent Petrella and Trooper Douglas Balder were helping move the stranded truck when another tractor-trailer slammed into Petrella, his vehicle, and Trooper Balder’s Patrol car. The impact of crash caused the stranded truck, Petrella’s truck and the patrol car to be engulfed in flames

The accident took place in January 28th around 9 p.m. as a Tollway worker, Vincent Petrella, and Trooper Douglas Balder were helping a stranded tractor-trailer driver. As they were attempting to move the stalled truck another tractor-trailer slammed into the two men and set off a fiery chain-reaction collision.

Petrella was killed instantly and Trooper Balder suffered critical injuries and is still recovering.

The truck driver responsible for the crash told police his vision was obscured by another tractor-trailer but after examining his log books they found he was behind the wheel longer than legally allowed. He was also ticketed for speeding.

The truck driver told authorities that his vision was obscured by another tractor-trailer and by the time the vehicle merged out of his line of vision it was too late for him to do the same.

If you have been seriously injured in a truck accident, you need a Mississippi truck accident working on their case. They will determine the cause of the accident and make certain all responsible parties compensate you for the harm you have suffered.