JEFF DAVIS PARISH, Louisiana – Antonio William Vega, 71, passed away on Saturday, August 13, 2022, after his 1997 Peterbilt semi-truck exited the roadway and overturned several times. The accident occurred around 10:30 a.m. while Vega was driving east on I-10.
According to initial reports, Vega failed to navigate a right curve onto the exit ramp of I-10 toward Highway 165. Vega’s semi-truck then ran off the left side of the roadway and rolled. Vega was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police reports suggest speed may have been a factor in the crash, and a toxicology sample has been submitted for analysis.
The investigation is ongoing. No further information was immediately available.
Fatal Rollover crash in Jeff Davis Parish, Louisiana
It is easy to lose sight of the fact that a man lost his life if one assumes Vega was negligent in maneuvering the semi-truck. While it is possible that Vega could have been distracted while driving, driving over the speed limit, or under the influence of drugs or alcohol, that may not be the case. For instance, it is equally possible Vega lost control of the semi-truck due to a defect in the truck’s handling or tires. Another possible explanation to consider is the chance cargo was improperly loaded into the semi’s trailer, causing the rollover. In any event, Vega’s family may benefit from legal assistance to explore all options of legal remedy in this situation.
If the semi-truck was out of control due to malfunctioning brakes or another mechanical issue, a repair or trucking company may have to answer to Vega’s grieving family. Often, commercial trucking companies have their trucks serviced by one repair company. However, if Vega’s brake lines were not properly maintained or repaired before this crash, he could have lost all ability to stop the truck before it picked up speed and rolled over the ramp. Similarly, if Vega’s truck was not properly inspected for issues in its steering axles, then an axle may have failed when Vega turned onto I-10. Should any wrongdoing be associated with the maintenance or repair of the semi-truck, Vega’s family may wish to bring a direct claim against a trucking company or contracted repair company.
Alternatively, contents in Vega’s truck trailer may not have been loaded properly, causing the weight to shift unexpectedly on the turn and causing the semi-truck to topple over. If investigators determine moving cargo caused Vega’s fatal crash, Vega’s family may have a claim against a shipping company for failing to load cargo properly. These are only theories, however, and certain questions, such as whether Vega was driving for a commercial trucking company or an independent contractor, must be answered before any fault can be determined in this crash.
Vega’s loved ones will almost certainly need to seek assistance from lawyers experienced in semi-truck crashes, manufacturing defects, and negligence claims. Our firm offers comprehensive legal strategies for those affected by semi-truck accidents, providing families with the justice they deserve after losing a loved one in such a horrific event. With that, our deepest sympathies go out to the grieving Vega family.
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