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March 3, 2024

Evangeline Parish, LA – Luke A Fontenot Dies in Crash on St. Landry Hwy

March 3, 2024

Evangeline Parish, LA (September 07, 2021) – On Tuesday, September 7th, at about 8:00 a.m., the Louisiana State Police Troop responded to a fatal, two-vehicle collision on St. Landry Highway in the area of Paradise Lane in Evangeline Parish. 

The deceased has been identified as 19-year-old Luke A. Fontenot, a resident of Oakdale.

An investigation revealed that Fontenot was driving eastbound on St. Landry Highway in a 2013 Nissan Rogue. At the same time, a 2006 International tractor-trailer towing a logging trailer backed out of a worksite on the northbound side of the highway. 

Fontenot’s Nissan crashed into the tractor-trailer’s passenger side diesel tank in the eastbound lane causing both vehicles to become engulfed in flames.

Fontenot was pronounced deceased at the scene. 

The driver of the tractor-trailer sustained minor injuries and declined medical treatment. He showed no signs of impairment and a breath sample indicated no alcohol present. 

This accident is under investigation.

We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victim, Mr. Luke A. Fontenot, at this time.

Fatal Tractor-Trailer Accidents in Evangeline Parish

Evangeline Parish, LA - Luke A, Fontenot Dies in Crash on St. Landry Hwy

Even though any traffic collision could potentially be catastrophic, collisions including tractor-trailers or any other oversized truck are much more likely to end badly. Oversized trucks, like 18-wheelers, sanitation trucks, tanker trucks, and flatbed trucks normally weigh well over 80,000 pounds, approximately 40 tons, which is enough in itself to make them very dangerous. 

Along with their weight, these big trucks are troublesome 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 obligated to take. Should the truck operator or the trucking company be even the tiniest bit negligent, it could cause a serious or even fatal accident.  

Evangeline Parish Trucking Accident Attorneys

The Evangeline 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 courses of action available to them. By seeking the legal counsel of an Evangeline Parish wrongful death lawyer after losing a family member, loved ones of 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 Evangeline 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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