Covington, Louisiana – A man died when the 2024 Toyota Camry he was driving collided with a 2020 Kenworth truck on Interstate 12 near La. Hwy. 1077 in St. Tammany Parish. The accident happened Saturday night before 10 p.m.
According to reports, the driver of the 2020 Kenworth truck slowed down due to traffic congestion, and the Camry driver collided with the rear of the Kenworth’s trailer, traveling in front of him.
The driver of the Camry, Treddis Russell, sustained fatal injuries and died at the crash scene.
The 18-wheeler driver was uninjured.
Thoughts on Rear-End Collisions with Semi-Trucks
Like many other crashes, this incident may be more complex than at first glance. People assume rear-end collisions are solely the fault of the person colliding with the back of a vehicle. This is not always the case.
This devastating crash leaves us with a lot of questions. For one, did the vehicle’s crash avoidance technology work properly? If the safety features placed on our vehicles do not work, then we are not given the protection we expect. When this happens, the manufacturer may be partially at fault for serious injuries or deaths caused by their faulty product that failed to deliver as promised.
Another question that comes to mind is whether the Camry driver had proper visibility. Did the semi-truck in front of him have adequate lighting? Large trucks are required to have proper, functioning lighting that will make them visible to other motorists. If all the lights did not work correctly or if the driver failed to have them on, the trucking company and the truck driver may share some fault in this incident and may be held accountable.
Only a thorough investigation conducted by trained professionals will answer these questions.
May the family of the deceased get the answers they deserve.
The Ammons Law Firm represents clients nationwide in catastrophic injury and wrongful death litigation, with extensive experience in complex auto/tire defect and commercial vehicle cases.
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