The vast majority of a fatal car or motorcycle accident stories we hear involve a driver who was intoxicated, distracted or otherwise at fault, but not all crashes are due to improper operation of a vehicle. The causes of some collisions are not as cut and dry and require a bit of digging to discover the true culprit.
Take this recent Louisiana motorcycle accident for instance: around 10 p.m. May 16. According to police, a black Chevy Camaro was driving eastbound on I-610 around the exit to St. Bernard Avenue when a back tire blew out.
According to the driver, he tried to correct, but the vehicle spun out of control, causing a motorcyclist to slam into the back of the Camaro. The impact sent the 30-year-old motorcyclist flying off his bike. Officials pronounced the motorcycle driver dead on the scene. There is no word on the condition of the driver of the Camaro.
An investigation is being conducted into the accident and no charges have yet been filed. Police have not indicated whether they think the man who lost control of his car was impaired in any way.
So, if it turns out that the man was not intoxicated or inattentive at the time of the crash, this can be written off as a freak accident, right? Maybe not. There are several other possibilities here. Was the car properly maintained? Did the man neglect to keep the tires in a safe condition for the road? Did the tire have a manufacturing defect that caused them to blowout? Was the road properly maintained and free from hazardous objects?
If negligence can be proven in terms of the condition of the tire or in its manufacture, there may be cause for a Louisiana attorney to conduct an investigation that could lead to compensation for the family of the motorcyclist.
Source: wwltv.com, “4 dead in separate Friday car crashes,” May 17, 2014