Arthuris Rapp Killed in Crash with Dump Truck on I-10 near Slidell, LA
Slidell, LA — August 6, 2022, 20-year-old Arthuris Rapp died in a collision with a dump truck on Interstate 10 near Slidell.
According to reports the incident happened Saturday morning along eastbound I-10. Preliminary investigation suggests Rapp was riding in a Toyota Corolla driven by 20-year-old Reubon Kelly. For reasons not yet known, the Toyota crashed into the back of an eastbound Mack dump truck ahead of it in the roadway.
Rapp, reportedly not wearing a seat belt at the time, died at the scene. Kelly and two other passengers in the Corolla received moderate injuries. The trucker was unhurt.
The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Arthuris Rapp Accident near Slidell
Some may consider this pretty cut-and-dried if reports have their facts straight and the victims' car crashed into the back of the dump truck. However, few accidents are really as simple as a few sentences in the news make them sound. For instance, nobody has said (or can say) why the car and the truck collided. That's obviously a critical detail, but clarifying it may take independent efforts rather than waiting around for police to release their report.
Furthermore, challenges inherent to Louisiana's state laws make just about any crash more difficult for victims. Of particular concern is the state's statute of limitations, which requires victims and their families to file any potential injury or wrongful death claims within one year of their accident. It's easy for that filing deadline to sneak up on people, especially when they're busy trying to put things back together after their injuries or loss.
It's because of complications like those that I hope the people affected by this crash will take appropriate steps, and soon. They deserve all the answers and help they can get, and little as I like to say it they're much less likely to get either without taking action of their own.