• April 06, 2022

Jason Gilbert Killed in Truck Load-Shift Accident on US-90 in Paridis, LA

Paridis, LA -- April 4, 2022, 52-year-old truck driver Jason Gilbert was killed when a load shifted on his truck and hit him on U.S. Highway 90 in Paridis.

Authorities say the incident happened around 8:30 a.m. at the intersection of US-90 and Bayou Gauche Road. Preliminary investigation suggests Gilbert was driving a Kenworth semi-truck east on the highway with a heavily-loaded trailer when he started to brake for a traffic light at the intersection. As the truck stopped the load shifted forward and broke its straps, then passed through the cab and hit Gilbert.

Gilbert suffered fatal injuries in the accident.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Jason Gilbert Accident on US-90 in Paridis

In the unlikely but serious event that a truck's cargo breaks free, one might generally expect it to do so during a crash--not just from braking for a light. This obviously raises some troubling possibilities.

One fairly-uncommon but highly concerning possibility is that the equipment securing the cargo was defective. If the truck driver or their employer had no reason to suspect the cargo was loaded dangerously, it's possible that defective straps were the root cause of the incident. If that's true, other drivers using the same straps could be in danger and the problem must be identified as soon as possible. Looking into that and confronting the manufacturer would be an important step for the victim's family and the general public.

Jason Gilbert Killed in Truck Load-Shift Accident on US-90 in Paridis, LA

The more likely explanation, however, is that whoever loaded the cargo in the first place messed up. I'm not pointing fingers at anyone specific when I say that, least of all the victim; the process of loading up a big rig can involve more hands than folks may realize. If the cargo's source loaded it improperly to begin with, that's a major issue to take into account.

Based on early reports it's too early to even say exactly how this terrible event happened, let alone who's the most responsible for it. It'll likely take more thorough investigations to find the necessary details to tell the whole story. Being thorough and making sure all possibilities get attention will be vital while getting the victim's loved ones the help they need.

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