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What hazards do construction crews face at night?

Louisiana construction workers like you often work around the clock in potentially dangerous conditions. Those who work at night face increased hazards as well. Here are a few of the most common issues that you might run into if you're a construction worker with a graveyard shift.

Work Zone Safety has a document focused on working at night on construction sites, as well as steps that can be taken to minimize the dangers you face. First, we'll examine the risks.

Preventing construction site accidents

Working on construction sites in Louisiana pose a number of unique dangers. These issues can be amplified even further in the dark. This is why it's so important for construction sites to have strong safety guidelines that are strictly enforced and followed. Here are a few other ways to help cut down on construction site accidents and mishaps.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has a number of solutions to the hazards of construction. This includes different protective measures in numerous categories, such as:

  • Fall protection
  • Scaffolding safety
  • Electrical wiring and other sources of electricity
  • Protective gear
  • General safety procedures

Have you been hit by a garbage truck?

In Louisiana, garbage trucks on the road are just another part of life. They come into your neighborhoods on a schedule, picking up trash to take to the dump. But what if you get into a crash with one of these large vehicles? McGlynn, Glisson & Mouton, are here to help.

First, garbage trucks are cumbersome vehicles that are somewhat difficult to navigate through cramped quarters. Due to their bulky size, they often have specialized mirrors placed around the truck's body to help drivers see into all of their blind spots. Unfortunately, a truck that isn't equipped with proper mirrors or one with faulty equipment can be risky to drive around. Smaller vehicles could remain unseen if a truck driver can't get a good look at those blind spots.

How can you reduce the dangers of night driving?

Louisiana residents know that driving at night is dangerous. While it's good to be aware of that, it's even better if you know how to combat or counteract these dangers. Below are some tips that you can use to combat the risks associated with night driving, if being on the road during those hours is unavoidable for you.

Popular Mechanics lists ten tips that you can use to make it safer for you to drive in the dark. These tips primarily revolve around improving your ability to see and include the following.

Do you have the grounds to bring a wrongful death suit in LA?

Losing a loved one in a tragic accident can leave you in a difficult position. You probably have a lot of grief to deal with, from things left unsaid to all of your hopes for the future that will never come to fruition. On top of that, you have to deal with the practical consequences of losing a family member.

If there is someone responsible for the accident that claimed the life of your loved one, you may find yourself wondering if there is any way to hold that person accountable.

How can you recover from injuries after a crash?

Louisiana residents who get involved with drunk drivers on the road have done nothing to deserve the pain you face. Look no further than McGlynn, Glisson & Mouton, injury attorneys, who are here to help you through the difficult recovery process after a crash.

Unfortunately, drunk drivers are often speeding and likely won't even notice it. Because of that, they often get involved in high impact, high speed accidents. What does this mean for you? Essentially that the damage both you and your vehicle face can be pretty severe.

What makes night driving so dangerous?

Plenty of people in Louisiana, likely including yourself, have had to drive at night before. You may even be lulled into a sense of security due to the fact that fewer cars are on the road, as that may make it seem like night driving is safer. However, that isn't always the case. There are many situations in which driving at night can be extremely dangerous.

The National Safety Council hosts a page on the dangers of driving at night. Most of these dangers can be broken down into the following categories: fatigue, darkness, difficulty seeing, and impaired drivers.

What are the hidden dangers of medication?

Louisiana residents trust the pharmaceutical industry to be providing medicines that are safe, or at least warn properly for all potential side effects. Unfortunately, that doesn't always happen. McGlynn, Glisson and Mouton, injury attorneys, are here to provide knowledge and support if you have been harmed by a prescription drug or over-the-counter medication.

The first thing to understand is that new drugs are being manufactured and tested all the time. Due to time and budget restraints, a test may only be conducted on a small number of people before the medication is released. This means that a tested medicine that has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidelines can, in fact, be unsafe for consumption. The smaller a test sample of people, the more risk there is that someone outside of the sample range could experience adverse effects. 

What types of injury are most common in crashes?

As a Louisiana resident who has recently gotten involved in a car crash, you may be facing injuries. The type of injuries you deal with will usually depend on several factors, including how fast you were traveling, how big the other vehicle is, and where your car was hit. 

FindLaw takes a look at some of the most common types of injuries associated with car crashes. Some are more related to certain crash sites than others. For example, if you get into a head-on collision, you are most likely to experience head injury. Injury to the hands and torso may also occur due to your seat belt or the position of your hands on the steering wheel when the airbag deploys.

State closes freeway after truck accident

People who live in the southern part of Louisiana know just how important of a thoroughfare Interstate 10 is. They also know that this type of freeway is not likely to be closed for anything other than something very, very serious. Apparently something quite severe did take place recently as the Louisiana State Police shut down the entire stretch of I-10 that connects Lafayette to Baton Rouge in both directions.

Very few details about the actual collision have been released but according to The Advocate, a tractor trailer managed to overturn on the freeway. It was on a Friday morning in mid-August that this occurred. Images have been published showing the truck at rest on its top with the top of the vehicle smashed in. It is not known what caused the truck to rollover and if the driver was injured or even survived the crash.

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