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Pedestrian injured in auto accident as car turns into crosswalk

Pedestrians in Louisiana are notoriously vulnerable to serious injuries and death in a car accident. In some instances, this is due to the driver not paying attention to the road, driving recklessly or operating under the influence. If a pedestrian is following all the traffic rules, watching where he or she is going rather than looking down at a device and walking in the crosswalk, then a pedestrian-car accident is unexpected and unnecessary. Considering all the problems that can come about after pedestrian-car accidents, those who have been injured should make certain that they understand how to seek assistance from a legal professional.

A 52-year-old woman was crossing the street near a hospital where she worked and was hit by a turning vehicle. The accident happened at around 7:25 p.m. as the pedestrian was in the crosswalk. The law enforcement investigation shows that the driver of a 2016 Ford Truck, a 36-year-old woman, was exiting the parking lot of the hospital, stopped at a stop sign and turned left. She did not see the pedestrian and hit her. The vehicle was not traveling at a high rate of speed. The injured woman was taken to the hospital and was seriously hurt. The driver was given a breathalyzer test and had no alcohol in her system. She was, however, cited for not yielding to a pedestrian.

A moment of inattention could lead to a long-term injury

With more and more vehicles out on Louisiana roads each new day, the sheer amount of traffic you encounter as a driver can seem hazardous enough in its own right. While you may face little danger if everyone around you is focusing on the task at hand, unfortunately, this isn't always the case.

You've probably witnesses it before, a vehicle remaining stationary after a light turns green, a car drifting slightly in and out of lanes. Distracted driving remains a serious issue across the country, and although you may wish to avoid these individuals, this could prove to be a challenging endeavor.

Study shows drowsy driving a common factor in car accidents

When there is an auto accident in Louisiana and across the nation, there are many different reasons why it might have happened. Today, it is instinctive to believe that a driver was not paying attention to the road and was distracted by a device. Another potential reason for a crash is a driver operating the vehicle while under the influence. While these are common factors, one that is also problematic is a drowsy driver. A recently released study indicates that an estimated one out of every 10 car crashes happens because of a drowsy driver.

Researchers from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety studied more than 3,500 drivers with dashboard cameras along with other equipment. It found that among those drivers, there were more than 700 accidents. In them, drowsy driving was a reason in as many as 9.5 percent. More than 10 percent of these accidents caused injuries, led to the airbags deploying, and damaged property. This study shows that the percentages of drivers who are driving while drowsy is significantly higher than the estimates from the federal government which assessed it to be a factor in around 1 to 2 percent of accidents.

Slight improvement in state's fatal accident work statistics

Regardless of the type of work a Louisianan does, there is a constant risk of there being a work-related accident and a fatality. Of course, some jobs are more dangerous than others, but accidents can happen in any career path. Whether they occur because of circumstances, negligence, recklessness or for some other reason is important to understanding the cause. This can also be crucial when the family left behind is considering a legal filing because of the loss of a loved one. Research is important to having a grasp as to why these incidents occurred. With that, it is wise to consider the statistics of a fatal accident on the job.

Recently released statistics show that although there was an increase in the number of fatal work accidents in the U.S. from 2015 to 2016, there was a reduction of such accidents in Louisiana. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries says that across the nation, there was a rise to 5,190 from 4,836. However, in Louisiana in 2016, there were 95 fatalities in a work-related incident. In 2015, there were 112. For every 100,000 full-time equivalent workers, there were 5.8 deaths in 2015. In 2016, that lowered to 5.0.

Head-on car crash kills 2 teens, injures 2 teens

An auto accident in Louisiana can happen for many reasons. Some of the most dangerous types of crashes are of the head-on variety. Regardless of the details of the crash, drivers are expected to stay at the scene and render aid to those who were also in the car crash. Unfortunately, some people do not adhere to this basic legal and human requirement and try to flee. Invariably, they are caught and will not only face the consequences of the accident, but also charges related to their attempt to escape. Those who were injured or lost a loved one in these car accidents must have a full investigation into the accident to assess the incident and consider seeking compensation in a legal filing.

A man has been arrested after a head-on crash killed two female teens in another vehicle and injured two males who were also in the car. The accident occurred in the evening as a 20-year-old man driving a 2013 Ford F-150 was going in the wrong direction on the road and crashed head-on with a 2012 Honda Civic. The two who died were ages 15 and 16. After the accident, the man driving the Ford took off on foot. He was caught and placed under arrest a short time later. Law enforcement does not believe that he was under the influence. He now faces charges of vehicular homicide, vehicular negligent injuring, being a reckless driver, hit-and-run, and driving on the wrong side of the road.

Two killed, 2 injured in head-on auto accident near Lake Charles

Drivers in Louisiana will never expect to be involved in an auto accident when they head out on the road. Most will certainly have it in the back of their minds that it is a possibility, but few will think about it the entire time they are driving or riding in a vehicle as a passenger. The same holds true for people who see loved ones go out on the road. However, car accidents happen every day and they can cause catastrophic injuries and death. A car accident victim and the victim's family must make sure they understand the possible long-term ramifications of a crash and consider a legal filing to be compensated.

A head-on crash involving a truck and a sedan led to two people dying and two others being injured. The accident happened in the mid-morning at around 10:15 a.m. The law enforcement investigation shows that one of the vehicles cross the center line in the road, leading to the collision. It is not clear which vehicle crossed the line. The sedan's driver, a 24-year-old man, and a 19-year-old male passenger in the back were both killed. The passenger in the front seat was taken to the hospital via airlift and was listed in critical condition. The truck flipped over. It then caught fire. The driver escaped the vehicle and was also hospitalized. His injuries were listed as serious. The investigation is ongoing to determine which vehicle crossed the line.

Number of deaths in a fatal accident at work increase

It is not uncommon for Louisianans to be injured on the job regardless of the type of work they do. Many people in the state work on oil rigs and in construction. Accidents, however, can happen regardless of the job and if it is considered safe, risky or somewhere in between. In some unfortunate instances, these accidents will be fatal and a family will suffer the loss of a loved one after a fatal accident on the job. Statistics are released intermittently to detail the number of fatal work accidents and their causes. People who have lost a loved one in a wrongful death incident at work should keep track of these statistics as they can be useful for a potential legal case.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics' Census of 2016 Fatal Occupational Injuries indicates that there was a rise in fatal accidents at work from the previous year. In 2016, there were 5,190 deaths. That is a rise of 7 percent from 2015. For full-time equivalent workers, there was an increase to 3.6 for every 100,000 workers from 3.4 for 100,000 workers in 2015.

A lawyer can help seek compensation after a dump truck crash

Almost everyone in Louisiana has a near-miss story with a dump truck at one time or another. This can happen as a driver, a bicyclist or a pedestrian. Even people in their own homes might be frightened when one of these large vehicles whose mandate is to pick up trash, deliver construction materials, or cart heavy objects is speeding through the neighborhood. Those who have been involved in an accident with a dump truck and been injured or lost a loved one should be aware of their right to seek compensation in a legal filing.

Certain areas of the state like I-20 and I-10 are known to be more dangerous than others with dump trucks. Their size and the speed at which they carry is bad enough, but they are also carting heavy items that make it more dangerous when there is a crash. Those in a conventional vehicle do not stand a chance when they are involved in an accident with a dump truck. Since these vehicles are performing a job that is based on pickup and delivery, the drivers will often want to get it done as quickly as possible. This can lead to speeding, recklessness, negligence and an auto accident.

Fireman killed he helps at separate accident

Car accidents can happen to anyone in Louisiana and occur for a variety of reasons. Some accidents lead to injuries and others can cause death. A combination of factors can lead to these crashes including weather and a person simply doing his or her job being in the wrong place at the wrong time. A fatal accident must be fully investigated so the family can move forward with a wrongful death legal filing if one is applicable. To know whether it is possible to receive compensation after a fatal accident, it is important to discuss the matter with an attorney.

A firefighter died in a car accident as he responded to a separate crash. The accident occurred at around 9 a.m. when the firefighter had stopped to help with an earlier accident. A 2018 Dodge Ram 5500 being driven by a 51-year-old man was towing a trailer when he came upon the earlier crash. The driver lost control of his vehicle because of icy conditions on the road and hit several of the emergency response vehicles and then the firefighter. Two other people were injured. The firefighter was taken to the hospital and later declared dead. It is not believed that the truck driver was under the influence and the conditions are believed to have been a factor in the accident. The firefighter was married with two children.

Can I have a mediator to settle my workers' compensation dispute?

When a Louisiana worker suffers workplace injuries or has an occupational disease, he or she will be within their rights to seek workers' compensation benefits to cover for the lost time one the job, pay for medical expenses and provide other benefits. However, these cases are sometimes in dispute. While there are alternatives to try to get the workers' compensation the employee feels entitled to, one strategy that might be beneficial is to have a mediation conference.

With a mediation conference, there will be an informal meeting with a mediator. The mediator is neutral and will not take sides in the dispute. The goal is to settle the issues without the case going further. There are licensed lawyers who listen to the issues for the Office of Workers' Compensation and seek to find common ground. These individuals will help both sides to deal with the case before it must go to a judge who will decide. This can be beneficial as it is a negotiation and not a final decision by the judge.

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