Many individuals take to social media when they want to share exciting news, their thoughts or feelings on a matter, or even when tragedy strikes. But sometimes, individuals take it a step too far and post things that might leave others outraged or appalled. This was the case when a Louisiana truck driver who had hit and killed a man posted comments on one of his social media accounts that contained a “racial slur” and showed “a shockingly cavalier attitude about the fatality” [Source: The Town Talk].
 
Here are the events that led up to the comments being posted.
 
According to Louisiana State Police, it was around 3:15 p.m. just a few days ago when 31-year-old Sherell Lewis Jr. of Leesville had stopped his vehicle on the southbound shoulder of U.S. Highway 171, just north of Pickering. Lewis was attempting to remove some debris from the roadway with another pedestrian when he was hit by 18-year-old Matthew Martin of Hineston. Emergency medical personnel transported Lewis to Byrd Hospital and it was only a short time later that officials were informed he had passed away. Lewis had just turned 31.
Louisiana State Police stated they were investigating the accident and that routine toxicology tests are still pending. State Police Sgt. James Anderson did mention, however, that it appears “this man was trying to do a good deed. There was debris in the roadway and he didn’t want any other motorists to strike it.” Unfortunately, when he got out of his vehicle to move the debris, he was struck by the truck driver.
 
But, here’s the reason why Vernon Parish Sheriff Sam Craft along with many others are displeased with Martin.
 
Sometime after the incident occurred, Martin allegedly posted some rather distasteful comments on social media, including one comment where he said, “y’all I just hit a whole guy on the highway,” followed by three laughing sob emojis. More messages were exchanged between Martin and his friend and these messages were later screenshotted and shared by others. The conversation caught the attention of many who quickly became outraged by what they read. And after Craft saw the messages exchanged between Martin and his friend, he took to Facebook, posting a comment stating that he was “appalled” by Martin’s posts but the “morally and socially unacceptable” language does not constitute as a crime.
You can read the conversation held between Martin and his friend by visiting The Grio and Craft’s full statement on The Town Talk.
Martin also shared some photos which showed the damage his truck had sustained, and it almost appeared as though he was more upset with the dents rather than the fact that he had hit and killed a man who was simply trying to clear debris from the roadway.
 
Because police and even insurance companies skim through social media accounts for pertinent information, you run the risk of compromising your accident claim by posting photos and/or information on your social media account pertaining to your accident.
And here’s why it is not a good idea to post on social media following an accident.
 
Despite the cold and callous comments that were allegedly made by Martin, anyone who has been involved in a truck collision is encouraged to refrain from posting anything on social media pertaining to their accident. Truck accident lawyers in Alexandria, LA suggest you avoid doing this as it could potentially affect your claim and/or case in the event criminal charges are filed against you. And if you are a victim, the last thing you want is to post something via social media that could result in your claim being denied or reduced.
 
And if you have been involved in a truck accident recently in LA that resulted in an injury or death of a loved one, don’t wait to contact the Alexandria, LA truck accident attorneys at the Jones Law Firm. Not only will this team of personal injury lawyers help you recover the compensation that can make this time a little less burdensome, but they will also help you hold a negligent individual accountable for their careless and negligent behavior.
 
You can reach the Jones Law Firm at:
1330 Jackson Street
Alexandria, LA 71301
318-442-1515

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