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Killeen Man Strikes Truck, Causes 5-Vehicle Accident that Killed 2 People

Posted on Friday, January 25th, 2019 at 1:29 pm    

Car Accidents

A five-vehicle accident that left two people dead is currently under investigation near Lafayette Parish.

According to the Louisiana State Troopers, the accident happened after 1:00 AM Thursday on eastbound I-10 east of Louisiana Avenue.

Crash that Caused a Chain Reaction

The 18-wheeler truck involved was driven by William Rawlings of Killeen, Texas. Rawlings had encountered a slowdown on I-10 and wasn’t able to stop in time, hitting the back of a Dodge Ram driven by 45-year-old Kenneth McNeil. This resulted in a chain reaction of vehicles, including a Ford Escape driven by 24-year-old Geri Glasco who then crashed into the 18-wheeler.

Both McNeil and Glasco died from their injuries.

Fatal Crashes in Louisiana

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) compiles yearly data on car accidents for each state. Louisiana’s fatal traffic accidents involved over 400 passenger vehicle fatalities, followed by pedestrian incidents amounting to 127 fatalities. Motorcycles and bicycles came in with 99 and 22 fatalities respectively.

Causes of Fatal Accidents in Louisiana

  • Intoxicated drivers
  • Speeding
  • Neglecting to use a seat belt

How to Stay Safe While Driving on a Highway

Highways have more fatalities than cities. They also have dangers from wrong-way driving by other motorists and unexpected traffic collisions.

It’s essential to understand road safety and be prepared when driving on highways.

Make sure you have enough gas

Ensure you have enough gas on your trip or plan a fuel stop on your way. Running out of gas on a highway poses a risk of getting hit or run over.

Always wear a seatbelt

Not wearing a seatbelt is one of the common causes of vehicle fatalities.

Eyes on the road

Distracted driving is another cause of highway accidents.  Do not text, email or talk on the phone when driving.

Obey traffic signs and laws

Traffic signs and laws exist for your safety. Other causes of fatalities on the road are drivers who don’t obey these laws.

Be alert

Anything can happen while you’re on the road–an accident in front of you, a car careening off the highway, an item falling from a truck, animals running across the road, etc. Keep your eyes on the road and stay aware.

Traffic Fatalities and the Law.

Families who have lost their loved one in a highway accident should seek the help of a lawyer. The attorneys at Williams Kherkher specialize in personal injury cases, including truck accidents, workplace injuries and wrongful death.

Visit us today or call (888) 220-0640 for a free consultation.

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