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18-Wheeler sends passenger to the hospital

When a driver gets behind the wheel, he or she must be prepared to share the road with a variety of different types of vehicles. One of the most dangerous vehicles on the road is the 18-wheeler truck. When truck accidents occur, the results can be devastating because of the size of the truck and even the cargo the truck is hauling.

A passenger of a Baton Rouge Toyota Camry is in the midst of recovering from this type of accident. Just before the July fourth holiday, the Camry was struck by a dump truck while driving West on the highway, causing it to lose control. Unfortunately, this was not the end of the chain of events, as shortly after the victim's vehicle was hit by the dump truck, it was also struck by an 18-wheeler, pushing it into the concrete median. The passenger in the Toyota was in the hospital listed in critical condition. The driver of the 18-wheeler was not injured in the accident. The Traffic Homicide Unit still has the 18-wheeler accident under investigation.

This situation highlights the dangers of the 18-wheeler. Though the cause of this accident is not yet known due to a multitude of factors, including the fact that two vehicles were involved, it is a fact that commercial drivers are often overworked. Overworked drivers cause accidents because they are distracted or fatigued. This negligent behavior can cause serious or fatal injuries to accident victims.

Recovering from a serious accident can result in large medical bills. When fatal accidents occur, surviving family members can be saddled with unexpected funeral expenses. Both scenarios can have financially and emotionally devastating consequences. In situations like this, New Orleans residents may find it helpful to seek the advise of an experienced accident attorney.

Source:, "Passenger in critical condition after being struck by a dump truck and 18-wheeler, Baton Rouge Police say," Quincy Hodges, July 02, 2013

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