So far, the investigators have determined this is what happened; the 45-year-old Lake Charles truck driver was leaving a truck stop in his 18-wheeler and halted in a median crossover. The trailer portion of his rig was sticking out into the eastbound lanes and was struck by the 35-year-old New Iberia man, who was riding a Honda motorcycle. The New Iberia man was ejected from his motorcycle. Even though he was wearing a helmet, he was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Lake Charles truck driver has been cited for failure to yield. Toxicology samples, which are collected as part of any accident investigation, have been sent to a lab for testing. The results have of that testing have not yet been made public.
This story illustrates just how quickly devastating accidents can happen. At this point, there is no evidence that the 35-year-old New Iberia man was driving too fast or too recklessly, and yet he still wound up being killed. No one ever expects a thing like this to happen, so it can be absolutely devastating when a tragedy like this occurs. In many cases, the families of accident victims choose to work with attorneys and file a wrongful death claim in hopes of obtaining a recovery to assist with funeral expenses, lost wages and the like.
Traffic accidents of any kind are dangerous, but those involving large trucks and motorcycles tend to be the more dangerous than most. That means an accident between a large truck and a motorcycle, such as the one that happened not far from Lake Charles recently, presents a very dangerous situation indeed.
The motorcycle-truck accident happened last Thursday around 1 p.m. on Louisiana Highway 27. A 23-year-old man was traveling south on a motorcycle when he tried to pass a dump truck that, evidently unbeknownst to him, was about to make a turn. As the truck made its turn, it struck the man on the motorcycle.
The motorcyclist was taken to a Lake Charles hospital for treatment. His condition is not known. The driver of the truck was apparently not injured, but was made to undergo toxicology tests by law enforcement authorities. The accident remains under investigation by the Louisiana State Police.
Fault has not been determined in the accident. Witnesses reported the truck driver did have his turn signal on, but had had it on for a long time, suggesting the driver did not realize it was still active. For his part, the motorcyclist had allegedly been weaving in and out of traffic just before the accident.
Everyone – motorcyclists, truck drivers, people in cars – has a responsibility to behave safely on the roads. Accidents can happen in the blink of an eye, but they are less likely to occur when everyone is observing commonsense safety practices like watching for other drivers and observing the speed limit.