Certain issues can cause drivers to need to pull off the roadway. In some cases, the issue may be so significant that they cannot wait until they find a parking lot or reach an interstate exit to pull off the road. Instead, they must simply stop on the shoulder. Unfortunately, this is not the safest places for drivers, and if other travelers do not give them room, stopped motorists could end up in commercial vehicle accidents.
It was recently reported that an accident in Louisiana involving two motorcyclists and an 18-wheeler proved fatal. Apparently, the motorcyclists had pulled off the interstate onto the shoulder of the roadway for unknown reasons. The two individuals were side by side on the shoulder, and the motorcyclist closest to the roadway was struck by a passing 18-wheeler.
The incident resulted in the motorcyclist suffering fatal injuries as a result. He was reported as being 52 years old. The report indicated that the other motorcyclist did not suffer any injuries. The tractor-trailer driver did come to a stop at a nearby rest area. Details were not given regarding whether charges could result from the fatal incident.
Commercial vehicle accidents are typically serious, and as this tragedy shows, they can easily prove fatal, especially to people in smaller vehicles or who outside their vehicles. The family of the man killed in this Louisiana accident will likely face a number of difficulties as they work to understand what happened and learn to live their lives without their loved one. It may be worthwhile for them to consider their legal options for seeking compensation against the driver of the 18-wheeler and any other parties considered responsible in the incident.