A lot of accidents on the roads of Louisiana are no one’s fault. At least, many of them are not directly attributable to someone’s negligence or malicious behavior. But, in some cases, one party or more may be clearly liable for the damage and injuries caused by a collision.
A truck crash that caused a massive gasoline spill near Baton Rouge involved a driver who should not have been on the road in the first place. The driver of a the truck that spilled thousands of gallons of the flammable fuel off the bridge carrying Interstate 10 over the Mississippi River at Port Allen had a suspended driver’s license.
Police believe the truck’s speed may have been a factor when it tipped over on a curve leading to the highway. The 30-year-old driver was cited for careless operation of his vehicle as well as driving with a suspended license.
Although there were fortunately no serious injuries reported as a result, the cleanup of the site may costs thousands and take a long time as soil contaminated with gasoline will have to be removed and replaced. The port of Baton Rouge also announced restricted access for the sake of safety.
People and companies affected by truck accidents may have a case for financial damages to help with recovery. This may include reimbursement for related expenses as well as fair compensation for pain, distress and other noneconomic losses that some may suffer. An attorney can help victims of truck crashes deal with the consequences and consider a lawsuit as part of their response.