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Study: Texting and driving and distractions rise near schools

In Louisiana and throughout the nation, distracted driving is a problem that is simply not going away. Despite attempts on the part of government agencies and law enforcement to discourage drivers from operating their vehicles while distracted, it is an ongoing issue that causes injuries, deaths and substantial damage. Researchers are consistently examining data and formulating methods to measure the scope of the issue. One recent study shows that the practice is even more dangerous to the most vulnerable victims than previously thought.

A study from Zendrive reports there is an increase in risky activities when drivers are behind the wheel in school zones. Phone use is viewed as a major reason for the rise. People near schools were found to be in the most danger between 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. due to pick-up activity. Urban schools are also prominently featured with this problem. This is important because of several factors. Since a vast chunk of schools -- one out of 11 -- is within 500 feet of busy roads and the leading reason for teen deaths is an auto accident, the combination of these two factors places people in greater risk when a driver engages in texting and driving and other distractions.

Machine exposes children to possible serious injury after surgery

Surgical procedures are worrisome for people in Louisiana regardless of the kind of surgery it is. It is not just the procedure itself, but that there is always the chance that there will be a mistake made by a doctor, nurse, anesthesiologist or anyone else involved. A machine might not work correctly. Other mishaps can occur. This can result in worsened condition, serious injury and even death. When this happens, those who were affected must be cognizant of their right to file a medical malpractice lawsuit.

A machine that was used when doctors performed open heart surgery on children was found to have been the cause of infections in 12 of the patients so far. This machine is meant to cool the patients as the surgery is being performed and their hearts are stopped. After the procedure, the machine warms the person as the heart is beating once more. Four of the patients were found to have an infection at the site of the incision. It is not yet known if there are any other infections.

Worker killed in construction site accident

Construction is a prominent source of employment in Louisiana and there are many benefits to it. People who work in the industry take pride in their jobs and contribute a great deal to the state. However, that does not eliminate the reality that there is a litany of risks that go along with the work. Heavy machinery, large tools, working at great heights and with large vehicles places workers and passersby in jeopardy. If there is an accident at a construction site, there can be severe injuries and death. Those who have been hurt or suffered the loss of a loved one should be aware of how to file a workers' compensation claim.

One construction worker was killed and another suffered critical injuries as they worked on a site that is building a new volleyball facility. The accident happened at around 6:00 a.m. when a concrete pump came loose in the ground and tipped over, hitting the men. Investigators from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration were on the scene to see what happened. It is believed that the arm of the pump bent forward as the ground loosened. The worker who died was employed by a local contractor. There was another worker who was operating the pump at the time of the incident.

Fatal accident claims the life of Louisiana bicyclist

People who are on the Louisiana roads must always be cautious whether they are driving, walking, riding a bicycle or doing anything else. An accident can happen in an instant and lead to significant injuries and death. Those who are not in a vehicle and are hit by one are particularly vulnerable to injuries and fatalities. People who suffer the loss of a loved one in an accident should know how to move forward with a wrongful death lawsuit to pursue compensation.

An early morning accident on August 22 between a car and a bicycle killed the bicyclist. The accident occurred at around 5:30 a.m. A 33-year-old man was riding his bike when he was hit by a 2007 Mazda CX-7. Both were heading east and the bike was hit from behind. The rider was not wearing a helmet. The bike had lights on its back and law enforcement believes they were working. The rider was pronounced dead at the site of the crash. The driver was given a test to determine if he was under the influence, but he is not believed to have been impaired. The investigation is ongoing.

Understanding how medical expenses are paid after a work injury

Louisiana workers who suffer workplace injuries or illnesses might have questions and concerns as to how the medical expenses will be covered through workers' compensation. There are certain facts that people need to know as they are receiving medical care for their issues. Some are important to the worker in the initial stages. Others are more in-depth and are related to forms that must be filled out before payments are made.

The employee can choose one doctor of choice in every specialized field to treat the work-related injury. The employer or workers' compensation insurer must pay for approved expenses to treat the person as well as travel to get treatment. These will be paid within 30 days of the employer or the insurer getting written notification or within 60 days if the provider does not use electric billing rules and regulations under the law. There must be an itemized list of medical costs that come out of pocket as well as receipts for what the employee paid so he or she can be reimbursed.

Car accidents and its factors contribute to high insurance rates

Louisianans who are in a car accident and suffer injuries or have lost a loved one who was in a crash will have a lot to consider after the fact. One issue that comes up is seeking compensation. Often, insurance is a major factor in the case. Insurance rates across the nation might not seem to be a consideration in the initial aftermath of an accident, but this can be an important factor as insurance rates are largely contingent on several factors that can be important in what causes a car accident and how to deal with it.

Based on information from Insure.com, inexpensive gas, a great number of drivers who are distracted and people driving without insurance has raised the rates in Louisiana to the second highest in the U.S. The average premiums annually are more than $1,900. This is 46 percent higher than the average in the U.S. second only to Michigan. In three of the past eight years, Louisiana was the most expensive. The report says that almost 14 percent of drivers in the state do not have insurance. The Insurance Commissioner says 40 percent have the minimum necessary to comply with the state law.

Legal help after a workplace neck or back injury

Louisiana workers who suffer a neck or back injury because of their job will quickly learn how debilitating these injuries can be. The neck and back are involved in so many different movements and activities, that simply getting up in the morning can be an exercise in endless pain. Working can be difficult if not outright impossible. For those who are suffering from these injuries, workers' compensation benefits can be a lifeline, providing payments for lost time at work and medical care. However, getting these workers' compensation benefits can sometimes be problematic, leading workers to seek the assistance of an attorney.

These injuries might be treatable by resting and receiving therapy. Surgery might be necessary and the person could be disabled for an extended period. There are many different injuries that can happen to the back and neck including disk herniation, fractures to the vertebrae, whiplash, a back strain, sciatica, spinal cord injuries and more. Workers who are suffering from injuries will often say that it is their back that they have hurt.

Workplace accident with explosion burns two oil and gas workers

Certain jobs in Louisiana are more dangerous than others. When there is an injury, illness or condition suffered as a result of the work that a person does, workers' compensation can be a figurative life-saver. After the incident in which the injuries are suffered or the condition manifests itself, it is imperative that the worker and his or her family take steps to get their benefits. If there is a problem, having legal help is also important.

Since Louisiana is a state in which oil and gas jobs are prevalent, there is a substantial chance of workers suffering injuries while doing these jobs. Such was the case when two workers at an oil and gas plant suffered serious burns after an explosion and fire. The accident happened not long after 9:30 a.m. According to the investigation, a third worker had bumped a tank valve. Gas was subsequently released and when it connected to a flame, there was an explosion. The two men were hurt with what was believed to be burns in the second and third-degree to their upper bodies. They were hospitalized and placed in the burn unit.

New research examines car accidents numbers across the nation

Government agencies and other research outlets keep a close eye on auto accident statistics to determine how they happen, why they happen and to craft strategies to prevent and reduce them. Louisianans and people across the nation should be aware of these numbers to try and avoid potential dangers. Naturally, it is impossible to steer clear of all auto crashes, and if one does occur, the information as to its cause can help when filing a legal claim for compensation.

The National Safety Council (NSC) has released its car crash data for the first six months of 2017 and found that the numbers have increased significantly from 2015, but have lowered from what they were in 2016. There were close to 18,700 fatalities in car accidents through the end of June 2017. That is a reduction of 1 percent from the same time span in 2016. Deaths, however, had risen by 8 percent in comparison to the first six months of 2015.

Hands-free tech may still contribute to serious accidents

It is not unusual for many Lake Charles residents to use their cell phones to stay connected. Even while out with other friends, you may find yourself checking social media, emails, texts or other communication outlets on your phone. Though your device can help you stay connected almost anytime and anywhere, you also know that it can act as a distraction when you should otherwise pay closer attention.

Cell phones can especially cause issues with distraction when it comes to driving. Numerous individuals choose to talk and text while they attempt to operate a vehicle, and these actions can put themselves, you and others at serious risk. Even the use of hands-free technology does not offer as much safety as some parties may believe.

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