Obeying traffic signals is an important part of safely operating one’s vehicle on Louisiana roads. Whether a person is driving a personal car or a work vehicle it is important that they follow the rules of the road to keep themselves safe and give other drivers information about what they are going to do. When individuals fail to drive in accordance with the legal mandates of the state then dangerous and sometimes deadly accidents can occur.

Recently a woman lost her life in Praireville when her vehicle was hit by a negligent driver. The woman entered an intersection with a green light and prepared to make a left-hand turn when her vehicle was hit by a Mack truck. The truck failed to stop at a red light at the intersection and plowed directly into the woman’s vehicle. As a result of the impact the truck pushed the victim’s vehicle into three more vehicles that were stopped at the intersection, causing injuries to the drivers of those cars as well.

Although authorities do not believe that the driver of the truck was under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the crash they have collected samples from him to analyze. He is facing criminal charges, though for his role in the crash, including negligent homicide and failing to obey a traffic signal.

This fatal car accident is just one more example of how negligence while driving may result in a tragic collision and the loss of a life on Louisiana roads. The details of this matter will be important as a case is built against the driver of the Mack truck. Those details may also prove important if the victim’s family chooses to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver. Wrongful death lawsuits can provide victims’ families with the compensation they need to help cover the many costs of losing loved ones.

Source: wbrz2.com, “Man arrested after deadly five-vehicle crash in Praireville,” Alicia Serrano, March 17, 2017