It is every driver’s duty to follow the rules of the road. When a motorist takes his or her eyes from the roadway for even a split second and causes an accident, that person may be held responsible for any resulting injuries and property damage.

At approximately 9:00 on Tuesday evening, a 19-year-old Louisiana man was driving his 2002 Chrysler Concorde east on Interstate 10, about a half mile from south of the interchange of Interstates 10, 12 and 59. At one point, the car apparently veered to the left, crossing the median into the westbound lane of the highway.

The Chrysler then collided with an oncoming 2002 Freightliner 18-wheeler. The truck, operated by a 49-year-old man, was traveling west in the center lane at the time of the accident. The force of the impact caused the Chrysler to be split in two pieces.

The driver of the car was thrown from his vehicle into the westbound traffic. He was pronounced dead at the accident scene. Because of the extensive damage to the car, it is unclear whether he had been wearing a seatbelt.

In this accident, the truck driver was not injured. However, if he had been, the motorist who caused the accident may have been held liable for the injuries, as well as any property damage to the 18-wheeler. In any accident caused by another driver, Rizk Law can evaluate the situation and let the injured party know whether he or she has a valid claim.