Accidents on two-lane highways are prevalent throughout Louisiana. Often, these highways are older and do not have turn lanes which would provide added safety for drivers and trailing cars who need to slow down and make turns off the highway. Any occasion that forces a driver and trailing cars to slow down significantly or stop completely, increases the likelihood that a car accident may occur.
A recent four-vehicle accident occurred when a Chevy Cobalt was stopped on highway 112 waiting to make a left turn. Stopped behind the Chevy Cobalt and waiting for the vehicle to turn, was a PT Cruiser driven by a 49-year old woman. Reports indicate that a Chevrolet pickup truck driven by a 62-year old man rear-ended the PT Cruiser, causing the car to crash into the Chevy Cobalt and then propel across the median and into the path of an oncoming 18-wheeler truck.
The 18-wheeler and PT Cruiser collided. Severely injured, the 49-year old driver of the PT Cruiser was taken to the hospital where she later died. The 62-year old driver of the pickup who caused the accident was treated for minor injuries. The drivers of the Chevy Cobalt and 18-wheeler truck were not injured.
The accident is under investigation and toxicology reports have been ordered for all involved parties. While the specific cause of this accident hasn't been determined, it's possible the 62-year old driver of the pickup truck hit the PT Cruiser at a high speed because he was distracted or not paying attention.
In Louisiana, inattentive and distracted driving are the leading causes of motor vehicle accidents. Many of these accidents could easily have been avoided and result in serious and debilitating injuries or even death.
Source: Beauregard Daily News, "Fatal accident on Hwy. 112 near DeRidder," Linda Barron, Mar. 1, 2012