No one doubts the essential functions 18-wheelers provide in the daily exchange of commodities as large truck drivers tend to cover as much as 5,000 to 6,000 miles a week. However, due to the inherent nature of such trucks, drivers are at a greater risk of injury or even death when being involved in an accident with an 18-wheeler. In fact, the number of fatalities resulting from large truck accidents increased by 31% nationally from 2009-2018, according to U.S. Department of Transportation’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS).
Unfortunately, Louisiana also experienced an increase in the number of fatal crashes involving 18 wheelers. According to FARS, Louisiana’s fatal crashes with large trucks increased by 42% as the number spiked from 67 in 2015 to a somber 95 in 2018. Nationally, there were 4,475 fatal crashes at the hands of 18-wheelers in 2018.
Just last week, an 18-wheeler traveling southbound on LA Highway 578 struck a 58-year-old man going east at a Highway intersection in Franklin Parish. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.