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March 2018 Archives

Improperly loaded trucks can lead to an auto accident

There are many different vehicles on the road in Louisiana and all must share the road, be predictable and take all the necessary steps to ensure that everyone remains safe. Large trucks are part of that. These vehicles can be intimidating, with their size and the speeds at which they travel. For the most part, their owners and operators take the required steps to make certain that all the safety boxes are checked. However, given the need to cart heavy items and equipment, some of it must be strapped down. This can result in danger.

Two high schoolers in crosswalk hurt in pedestrian-auto accident

In Louisiana, pedestrians are vulnerable to injuries and death as a car accident victim. Since vehicles can be large, heavy and travel at significant speed, a pedestrian has little chance of emerging from a crash unscathed. The injuries can lead to massive medical costs, lost time at work and other problems. Fatalities are a very real possibility. Notably at risk for being in pedestrian-car accidents are children and teens. Many of these accidents happen in the morning when youngsters are heading to school, or in the afternoon when they are heading home. After such an accident, it is critical to know how best to move forward to seek compensation for all that was lost.

Factors beyond cellphones can go into being a distracted driver

Louisiana residents who are on the road in any capacity for even a short period of time will likely see many people behind the wheel of a motor vehicle who are texting and driving or doing other things that lead to them being a distracted driver. This is a known problem throughout the country as 47 of the 50 states - including Louisiana - have prohibited texting while driving. A meta-study from the journal Human Factors examined cellphone use and driving. It conducted experiments to come to its conclusions and included other distracting activities, such as talking to passengers.

Car accident with police car sends two people to hospital

In Lake Charles and across Louisiana, the roads can be a dangerous place. Oftentimes, that danger is related to reckless drivers, drivers under the influence, distracted drivers and other factors. An understated issue that places people at risk is law enforcement or other first responders speeding to get to a scene. While these drivers are trained to operate their vehicles in such circumstances, there can still be car accidents. People who are injured or lose their lives in an auto accident with a law enforcement vehicle should know that they have the same rights to file a lawsuit after a crash with a police car as they do in a crash with any other vehicle.

3 common construction hazards that could leave you injured

You may love working in construction because it allows you to make structures that you know will last. Having any part in the creation of something useful could fill you with pride, and you may enjoy going to work day in and day out. Of course, as a construction worker, you know you face numerous hazards on the job simply due to the tasks that you need to complete.

Worker at Louisiana chicken plant dies in fatal accident

Workers in Louisiana can be injured or killed in many lines of work. Even those who are in jobs that are automatically labeled as "risky," such as law enforcement, first responders, construction workers and factory workers, will not expect it. Unfortunately, workplace accidents do occur and some are of sufficient severity that it is a fatal accident. For a variety of reasons, the family of the person who died must have a full investigation into the accident so that they can attempt to lay the foundation for a potential wrongful death legal filing.

Auto accident between car and motorcycle kills rider

Motorcyclists in Louisiana face dangers that those in conventional vehicles do not. Regardless of the safety precautions that riders might take, they can suffer catastrophic injuries, and even death, in a crash. Oftentimes, these are motorcycle-car accidents that happen when a vehicle does not see the motorcycle because of negligence or distraction. The rider who has been injured and the family of a rider who lost his or her life may want to have legal assistance for a full crash reconstruction so they can pursue compensation in a lawsuit.

Vehicle crossing into opposite lane leads to fatal accident

When out on the road in Louisiana, there is an expectation that other drivers will follow the law, operate their vehicles safely and take the necessary steps to avoid crashes with other drivers. Unfortunately, there are times when accidents will happen for a variety of reasons, including driving under the influence, operating the vehicle recklessly, driving while drowsy or simply because the driver makes a mistake. This can result in injuries and, in a worst-case scenario, wrongful death. People who have been hurt or suffered the loss of a loved one in a car accident may need legal help in considering a lawsuit.

Study shows pedestrian-auto accident statistics stay high

Pedestrians in Louisiana must always be vigilant about their surroundings when they are sharing the area near roadways with motor vehicles. The dangers of being a car accident victim as a pedestrian are obvious. People who do not have the protection of a vehicle can be severely injured and even killed when hit by a car. Despite new safety features being implemented in vehicles, the risks are still significant for pedestrians. This is shown in a new study from the Governors Highway Safety Association that has examined the data from the first half of 2017.

Deaths due to medical malpractice are a nationwide problem

Anytime a Louisiana resident or anyone across the nation goes to the doctor, there is an expectation that the issues they have will be correctly diagnosed and treated. Unfortunately, mistakes happen. The scope of the problem might be vaguely understood without research into this issue, but the research is showing the dangers of a medical error and death to be far higher than previously thought. Those who have been affected or believe they might have been affected and lost a loved one because of a medical mistake should know their rights to seek compensation in a lawsuit.

Fatal accident kills oil and gas worker not far from Lake Charles

Since Louisiana has a shoreline on the Gulf of Mexico, a great number of state residents work in various industries on the Gulf. Oil and gas is a key industry in the state and neighboring states as well. Platforms are a necessary part of this endeavor and they need maintenance and workers stationed on them. These structures can have accidents for a variety of reasons and there can be injuries and death. People who have suffered the loss of a loved one in a work accident on an oil and gas platform should be aware of the process to have an investigation into the circumstances of the accident and seek advice on a potential wrongful death lawsuit.

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