Fatal 18 Wheeler Crash in Marrero, LA
On September 19, 2018, an 18-wheeler crash on I-10 in Ascension Parish left a Marrero man dead, when he drove his car into the back of a stationary 18-wheeler. The 18-wheeler had been pulled over to the shoulder of the westbound lanes of I-10. Dean Critten’s car slammed into it and slid beneath the rear axles. Critten was not wearing his seatbelt, sustained fatal injuries, and he was pronounced dead on the scene, according to the Louisiana State Police.
Blood samples were taken from both drivers. On September 22, 2018, the truck driver driving the 2007 Freightliner truck involved in the fiery 18-wheeler crash, Freddie Jackson, was arrested for DWI, according to Louisiana State Police. He was booked into Ascension Parish jail on counts of first-offense DWI and careless operation.
Apparently, Jackson was driving westward on I-10 in Prairieville and his 18-wheeler crashed into a concrete guardrail, rupturing the 18-wheeler’s fuel tank and causing it to burn.
Jackson received medical treatment for minor injuries.
The trucking industry is highly regulated by the federal government because of the danger that it poses to other cars on the road. Everything from the maximum driving time to required truck maintenance to the weight and size of a truck is regulated. Parties who fail to abide by these rules can be held liable for injuries. Yet, the latest statistics from 2016 show that 18-wheeler crashes are increasing. In 2016, there were 475,000 18-wheeler crashes.
By: Danny Russell, Baton Rouge area personal injury attorney, licensed in Louisiana and admitted in the following courts:
– All Louisiana District Courts
– All Louisiana Appellate Courts
– Louisiana Supreme Court
– U.S. Middle District Court of Louisiana
– U.S. Western District Court of Louisiana
– U.S. Eastern District Court of Louisiana
– U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
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