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September 26, 2021

DeSoto Parish, LA – Lakendrick Thomas Killed in Collision Between Two Tractor-Trailers on LA-5

September 26, 2021

DeSoto Parish, LA (September 14, 2021) – On Monday, September 13th, at about 11:00 a.m., troopers from the Louisiana State Police launched an investigation into a fatal collision between two tractor-trailers at the intersection of LA-5 and LA-3015. 

The deceased has been identified as 37-year-old Lakendrick Thomas, a resident of Shreveport.

The investigation determined that 42-year-old Chad Sharpley, a resident of Frierson, was traveling northbound on LA-5 in a 2019 Peterbilt tractor-trailer. At that same moment, Thomas was driving southbound on LA-5, in a 2020 Kenworth tractor-trailer. For unknown reasons, Sharpley lost control of his rig, causing it to collide with the other truck. 

Sharpley was properly restrained and was unharmed during the crash. 

Thomas, who was also properly restrained, sustained fatal injuries during the impact. 

Although impairment is not suspected, routine toxicology samples were turned in for analysis. 

We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victim, Mr. Lakendrick Thomas, at this time.

Fatal Tractor-Trailer Accidents in DeSoto Parish

DeSoto Parish, LA - Lakendrick Thomas Killed in Collision Between Two Tractor-Trailers on LA-5

While any traffic accident has the potential to be serious, accidents that involve tractor-trailers or any kind of oversized truck are much more likely to end badly. Oversized trucks, like 18-wheelers, garbage trucks, tanker trucks, and flatbed trucks generally weigh more than 80,000 pounds, approximately 40 tons, which is enough in itself to make them very dangerous. 

In addition to their excessive weight, these gigantic trucks are difficult to steer and, in addition to that, some of them are hauling dangerous cargo. For these reasons, truck operators, their crew, and their parent companies have precautionary measures they are legally bound to take. If the truck operator or the trucking company was even the slightest bit negligent, it could cause a serious or even deadly accident.  

DeSoto Parish Trucking Accident Attorneys

The Desoto Parish truck accident attorneys at Smiley Law Firm have decades of experience in bringing liable parties to account. Our team works hard to support their clients and make sure they receive the best possible legal advice. We will always answer any questions our clients have and handle each legal complexity as it arises. 

If someone sustains an injury in an accident because of another driver’s negligence, they will have legal avenues of action available to them. By seeking the legal counsel of a DeSoto Parish personal injury lawyer, victims can learn about the various legal avenues they may wish to pursue.  

Working with a legal team that is assertive as well as compassionate will give you your best shot at obtaining full and fair financial compensation for your damages.  

The personal injury attorneys at Smiley Law are committed to defending a victim’s legal rights and assembling the strongest claim possible in order to maximize their economic recovery. If you were injured in a road accident, contact our personal injury law firm in DeSoto Parish by calling 504-688-3494 or 504-822-2222 to schedule a free evaluation of your case at your earliest convenience.

Note: These posts are constructed with the use of secondary sources. These sources include but are not limited to local and state news stories, local and state police accident reports, social media platforms, and eyewitness accounts about injury accidents that take place in New Orleans and throughout Louisiana. We did not independently verify the fact surrounding this accident. If you locate any information that is inaccurate, please contact our firm and we will correct the post to reflect the most accurate information available. We will also remove this post upon request.

Disclaimer: These posts are created to raise awareness about the dangers of driving in Louisiana. We hope that by casting light on serious accidents like this one, other drivers will take heed, and avoid being seriously injured in a similar accident. This post is not a solicitation for business. The information contained in this post is not intended to be legal or medical advice. The photo used in this post was not taken at the accident scene.

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