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Louisiana man killed in 18-wheeler accident

A New Iberia, Louisiana, man was killed in a recent two-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 90 just east of Louisiana Highway 92. The 18-wheeler accident involved a driver from Lake Charles.

So far, the investigators have determined this is what happened; the 45-year-old Lake Charles truck driver was leaving a truck stop in his 18-wheeler and halted in a median crossover. The trailer portion of his rig was sticking out into the eastbound lanes and was struck by the 35-year-old New Iberia man, who was riding a Honda motorcycle. The New Iberia man was ejected from his motorcycle. Even though he was wearing a helmet, he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Lake Charles truck driver has been cited for failure to yield. Toxicology samples, which are collected as part of any accident investigation, have been sent to a lab for testing. The results have of that testing have not yet been made public.

This story illustrates just how quickly devastating accidents can happen. At this point, there is no evidence that the 35-year-old New Iberia man was driving too fast or too recklessly, and yet he still wound up being killed. No one ever expects a thing like this to happen, so it can be absolutely devastating when a tragedy like this occurs. In many cases, the families of accident victims choose to work with attorneys and file a wrongful death claim in hopes of obtaining a recovery to assist with funeral expenses, lost wages and the like.

Source: The Advertiser, "New Iberia man dies in crash," Oct. 17, 2011,

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