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Star Trek actor's parents file wrongful death suit

It is hard to imagine what goes through a family's mind when they lose a loved one. In addition to grieving the loss, they may wonder who was responsible for what happened. Parents of Star Trek: Beyond actor Anton Yelchin believe that the maker of Yelchin's Jeep may be responsible for their son's death.

Yelchin was killed on his driveway when he was crushed by his own 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee. His parents have filed a wrongful death suit against manufacturer Fiat Chrysler, dealership AutoNation and ZF North America for punitive damages. The suit is based on the belief that the electronic transmission shift in the vehicle was defective, causing the vehicle to roll in Yelchin's accident.

Drowsy driving is a major cause of accidents nationwide

Every day, we hear about how distracted driving is responsible for countless accidents on the roadways. But there is another common cause of accidents that we don't pay as much attention to. The AAA Foundation estimates that drowsy driving is responsible for an average of 328,000 car accidents each year. In a survey by the AAA Foundation, 43.2 percent of drivers admit to having fallen asleep behind the wheel at some point in their lives.

Drowsy driving is difficult to diagnose and drowsy drivers may be afraid to report their sleepiness after an accident. However, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration finds that drowsy driving has caused a minimum of 72,000 accidents from 2009 to 2013. These crashes caused approximately 800 deaths and 41,000 injuries.

How to file a lawsuit after a truck accident in Lake Charles

While all types of motor vehicle accidents can cause injury, motorists involved in truck accidents are especially vulnerable to serious injuries. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, over 100,000 people were injured and close to 5,000 were killed in large truck accidents in 2006.

Commercial trucks are typically much larger and heavier than the average passenger vehicle. As a result, those traveling in personal-use vehicles may suffer severe injuries when their car is hit by a truck in a commercial vehicle accident.

Louisiana family files lawsuit after alleged medical malpractice

Physicians who do not adhere to the appropriate standard of care when treating patients may be held liable for medical malpractice. If the patient dies as a result of the doctor's medical mistake, the patient's family may file a wrongful death suit against those responsible.

One Louisiana family is filing suit against a woman's doctor and his medical group after a woman's death. The suit, filed by the woman's widower and son, asserts wrongful death and breach of the applicable standard of care.

Misdiagnosis common source of medical malpractice suits

People who suffer from illness or injury in Louisiana have to place their trust in doctors, nurses and other medical professionals every day. However, even the most experienced medical professional can make a mistake that leads to further harm of the patient. If this happens, the patient can file a medical malpractice lawsuit against the parties responsible for the mistake.

Many medical malpractice suits stem from misdiagnoses or failures to diagnose. In order for their suit to be successful, the patient must prove that the misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose caused injury or disease progression that would not have occurred with a proper and timely diagnosis.

Spinal cord injuries can require long-term treatment and rehab

Victims of Louisiana car accidents and pedestrian accidents often face serious, life-changing injuries. Some of the most severe injuries involve the spinal cord. Once the spinal cord is damaged, there is no way to reverse the damage. As a result, many people end up paralyzed and have to work to regain at least some of their function and mobility.

Many forms of treatment and rehabilitation are available for those suffering from a spinal cord injury. Treatment often starts at the scene of the accident. Emergency professionals will try to immobilize the spine using a rigid neck collar and carrying board to get the victim to the hospital. Once there, the hospital will make sure that the person is still able to breathe, while preventing further damage by immobilizing the neck.

Louisiana men file suit against driver for negligence

The difficulties suffered by accident victims can feel insurmountable. Between the severe physical injuries and the seemingly endless medical bills, those who have been involved in an accident can have a great deal to worry about. One of their options is to file a lawsuit against anyone who played a role in the accident.

Two men from Louisiana are filing suit against another motorist and his company after a car accident on Interstate 10. The men were traveling on the highway where they were stopped due to excessive traffic. The motorist named in the suit rear-ended another stopped vehicle, which set off a chain-reaction that caused the vehicle behind the men to crash into them. The men claim physical and mental pain and suffering and lost wages, as well as medical expenses and property damage.

Drowsy young drivers use cell phones, despite car accident risks

According to an April 2016 study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, about 70 percent of drivers reported talking on the phone while driving. Earlier this year, we posted about a new bill in Louisiana that would increase fines for texting while driving. Recent statistics show why this new bill is so necessary. A new study by Rutgers University researchers shows that cell phone use behind the wheel is still prevalent among young drivers nationwide. Distracted driving car accidents occur regularly nowadays, injuring and killing a number of Louisiana motorists.

The Rutgers study involved over 110 undergraduate drivers between the ages of 18 and 25. One in six of the students admitted to using their phones while they were drowsy. This is one of the few studies that focused on the use of cell phones by sleep deprived drivers.

Laws help protect Louisiana maritime workers injured on-the-job

Every day, hundreds of maritime workers in Lake Charles head to work, putting them at risk for injury. Fortunately, there are laws in place to protect these workers and their families.

The Jones Act was implemented to help provide injury compensation to seamen who were seriously injured while working. In order to file a successful lawsuit based on the Jones Act, the worker must prove that his employer or vessel operator was negligent in allowing an unsafe vessel to hit the water and that the worker suffered an injury because of this negligence.

New bill increases texting and driving penalties in Louisiana

Distracted driving is consistently one of the most talked about traffic safety issues all across the country. Texting and driving is a major cause for concern with the increased use of cell phones. According to the National Safety Council, texting and driving is responsible for 1.6 million motor vehicle accidents each year. Young people, particularly teens, are especially at risk. Statistics show that eleven teens are killed in texting and driving accidents every day.

A bill was recently approved by the Louisiana state House and Senate with the goal of putting an end to texting and driving accidents. The bill will increase fines for texting and driving statewide. Currently drivers could be fined up to $175, but with the new bill, that amount will increase to $500 for the first offense and up to $1,000 for a second offense. Teen drivers under the age of 18 face additional consequences. First time offenders could face a license suspension of up to 60 days. State officials believe that the new bill will reduce the number of devastating accidents on the Louisiana roadways