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Other people's impatience can cause unnecessary auto accidents

Many Louisiana drivers can empathize with being stuck behind a slower vehicle on a two-lane road. A driver may impatiently wait for an opportunity to pass the slower moving vehicle, but if that driver misjudges distance or fails to wait until he or she is certain the roadway is clear, the result could be a devastating crash. These types of auto accidents happen more often than anyone would like, sadly.

In fact, one occurred on a recent Friday evening not too long before 8 p.m. Three vehicles traveling on U.S. Highway 80 had no idea that their lives were about to be intertwined forever. The 25-year-old driver of a passenger car became impatient with the slower moving pickup truck in front of his car. He began passing the pickup, but failed to ensure that the roadway was clear before doing so.

His vehicle slammed head on into a big rig. That semitrailer then veered into the path of the pickup truck and struck its driver side. The pickup truck driver, a 46-year-old man from Texas, suffered fatal injuries. The passenger car driver was taken to an area hospital, and the truck driver escaped injury.

At last report, the crash remained under investigation, so charges may be forthcoming. Even if no criminal charges result from this tragedy, the surviving family members of the deceased pickup truck driver may file a wrongful death claim against the party or parties who caused or contributed to his death. If the evidence establishes that the fatal injuries were the result of someone else's negligence, a Louisiana court may award damages typically seen in other fatal auto accidents.

Source:, "Texas man dies in Madison Parish crash", Nancy Cook, Sept. 9, 2017

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