Failure of an 18 wheeler to stop for backed up traffic is a common scenario in a big rig accident. And the result if often catastrophic for people in passenger vehicles.
He dreamed of becoming a police officer, of protecting people and saving lives. Instead, five year old Xander Cruz Benoit was tragically killed in an 18 wheeler involved accident as he sat in the back seat of his family’s car. He was the victim of a common scenario in a big rig accident wherein an 18 wheeler failed to stop for backed up traffic ahead.
Loved his grandfather’s stories of saving lives
The crash happened in West Baton Rouge, Louisiana, September 26, 2017 as traffic ahead had slowed and come to a stop. The Advocate reports that the driver of the big rig, Yasin Ibrahim of Burnsville, Minnesota, failed to stop, plowing into three vehicles, shoving one underneath another truck. Xander was riding in the backseat of his family car when the big rig smashed into the rear. He died two days later at a local hospital.
His grandfather, Lee Benoit, has served as a paramedic. Xander loved hearing Benoit’s stories of the lives he had helped and the boy dreamed of becoming a police officer. After his death, the family decided to fulfill his heroic aspiration by donating his organs, that others might live.
“That was his dream: to grow up to be a hero and a lifesaver,” Benoit said. “We decided to grant his wish and donate his organs.”
Sheriff Mike Cazes reported that the driver of the truck faces counts of negligent homicide and has been cited on five counts of negligent injury and a count of careless operation of a motor vehicle.
Cars in backed up traffic completely vulnerable
All too often big rigs crash into the back of stopped traffic ahead with horrific results. Passengers in the vehicles ahead are completely helpless as a tractor-trailer weighing as much as 80,000 pounds hurtles toward them because the truck driver is not paying attention to the road ahead – whether due to distracted driving, driver fatigue, or inattention – and does not see the slowed or stopped traffic in time.
The following video gives a sense of the power of an 18 wheeler rear end crash where one big truck slams into the back of another, fortunately with both drivers surviving.
(Look for the collision around 0:38.)
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The average passenger vehicle weighs 5,000 pounds and in a crash, it is no match for a truck weighing tens of thousands of pounds. Sadly, many truck drivers while tired, or are distracted by a phone or something else in their cab, and crash into stopped traffic ahead.
When people in passenger vehicles are involved in a truck crash, the results can include debilitating injuries, surgeries, significant medical bills, loss of income, and permanent physical impairment. And worse, there are times when a truck crash results in the loss of life.
At The Callahan Law Firm, we are experienced Houston truck accident lawyers who will answer your questions and explain your legal rights. We have a long history of success in representing individuals and families hurt by negligent truck drivers and trucking companies. When we are hired in a truck accident case, we immediately go to work on the case by preserving evidence, taking steps to inspect the scene of the crash and the vehicles involved including the tractor and trailer, retaining necessary experts, and caring for our client. We represent individuals and families on a contingency fee basis which means we don’t get paid until and unless you make a recovery.