Not all accidents are due to driver error. Sometimes a mechanical failure will push a car into an accident. When this happens, the insurance companies and the courts will want to know if the driver with the broken car was negligent about repairing it. KTBS reports about a fatal crash that happened on I-220 near Shreveport on Friday. According to Lt. James Houston, a pickup was merging onto the outside lane of the interstate from Lakeshore Drive. A car in the next lane over had a tire blowout and lost control. The car struck the pickup and flipped it over. The driver of the pickup was killed at the scene. The report does not indicate that the surviving driver was charged with anything. When a mechanical failure happens, a tire failure is the most common cause. A suddenly blown tire makes a vehicle difficult to steer. It can yank a car suddenly sideways. If you feel a tire failure, stop accelerating and use the wheel to guide it to safety as best you can. If the tire was bald or otherwise damaged and you chose to drive on it, you can open yourself to liability. Don’t neglect your car’s maintenance! You could save your life and save yourself a lot of money.
Shreveport Car Accidents News
Americans do love to watch racing, but participating in street races can lead to fatal accidents. That’s what happened near Shreveport last weekend. The Louisiana State Police and Arklatexhomepage.com reported that there were several late-night racing events happening on Sunday. At one stop, troopers said a teen driver and five others in a car ran away from police, leading to a chase on multiple streets. That car failed to negotiate a curve on LA Highway 511 near Meriwether Road. It lost control and struck a tree, killing the driver at the scene. The other five passengers were taken to the hospital. It is unclear if any of them were restrained. There was no information in the report about the other street racing locations. Racing is thrilling, but public roads are not designed for races like these. Professional drivers go through years of training to be able to race on street circuits, and even then accidents happen that can kill. Seek out a race track and get training if you want to race. Don’t put yourself and others at risk. Also, this accident is a good reminder to wear your seatbelt. You can cut your chances of a fatal accident in half by wearing one. Don’t leave yours off!
A car accident in Shreveport has left one man dead, and a woman injured. The accident happened last Wednesday, according to the Shreveport Times. The police report states that the female driver was fleeing a shooting at a high rate of speed because someone fired shots at her vehicle. She was speeding east on Jefferson Paige Road when her SUV crossed into the other lane and hit another vehicle head-on. The driver of the other vehicle was killed at the scene. The woman was taken to the hospital for her injuries and given standard toxicology tests. Police are investigating the claims of the shots. This is certainly an unusual situation. You don’t hear many news stories talking about a driver getting shot at for no reason. That would make most people flee from a scene as fast as possible, but that still makes you responsible if you cause a crash. Tricky situations like this need the help of a personal injury attorney, or a criminal attorney, to defend your rights in court. If you need help and you live in Shreveport, Morris Bart is ready to help you. Call us today for a free consultation. We’ll hear your case and give you a fair assessment of your chances.