According to recent news reports from Coushatta Louisiana an 18-wheeler driver has been killed as a result of cargo on his truck becoming loose. The accident occurred on Monday Dec. 20 around 4 p.m. on Highway 71 and LA 155. An 18-wheeler escorted by a state trooper was carrying a 100000 pound concrete beam when it became unsecured. The beam then swung into oncoming traffic. A truck swerved and missed hitting the beam. The 18-wheeler driver noticed what was happening and braked causing the beam to crash into the cab of the semi-truck. The 18-wheeler driver died at the Scene of the Accident. The beam broke into pieces and had to be cleared from the roadway. The accident is being investigated.
While many 18-wheeler accidents that make the news often seem to be the result of the negligent driving of an 18-wheeler there are likely just as many news stories in which an 18-wheeler accident occurs due to circumstances possibly beyond the drivers control such as the tragic incident described above. From the initial news reports it would appear that the driver attempted to do the best he could given a highly dangerous situation and it resulted in him having to pay the ultimate price for his actions. It should be noted that if a third-party cargo-loading company was used to load and secure the concrete beam that company may bear liability for this fatal 18-wheeler accident. Additionally a defective safety device could mean that a manufacturer may bear liability for such an accident. A close investigation can likely uncover if such outside parties may have been connected to this tragic accident.
- Texas 18-Wheeler Accident Attorney Michael Grossman