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Hit on Essen Lane or Interstate 10? You might have injuries

Drivers in Baton Rouge are often subjected to congested traffic. Essen Lane, the interstates, and just about everywhere around LSU can all be difficult to navigate, especially around rush hour and when there are events on campus. When you are driving around town, you are at risk of being hit by another driver. Many people don't realize that serious injuries can occur, even in slower speed crashes.

In some cases, you might not realize that you are injured at the scene of the car wreck. This is troublesome to some people because they might have thought they got away with only a little damage to their vehicle. Here are some important points you should know about whiplash, which is one potentially serious soft tissue injury.

Your right to file a wrongful death suit after a fatal car crash

We all know that motor vehicles are dangerous, but we all try to pretend that the risk will never affect our lives. People do die every day on the road in Louisiana. Losing a loved one to a sudden motor vehicle collision is a truly tragic and life-altering experience. You may find yourself struggling to believe that the loss is real. Your family may have a very difficult time adjusting.

It is common to overlook the financial consequences of such a loss until you had some time to process your grief. Losing yourself in grief will not benefit or protect your family. In the wake of a crash, you need to take time to familiarize yourself with your rights as a survivor. It is important for surviving family members to familiarize themselves with their rights under Louisiana state law to minimize the ongoing impact of a tragic crash.

Can you get compensated for a commercial vehicle crash?

Louisiana drivers like you face many different roadway hazards, including other vehicles. For example, 18-wheelers and other big industry trucks can cause a lot of problems if they hit another, smaller vehicle. McGlynn, Glisson and Mouton, injury attorneys, are here to help you out if you've gotten into a crash with one of these giant vehicles and suffered from injuries because of it.

In general, crashes that involve a commercial vehicle can be a bit difficult to deal with. This is because these companies often have a top notch insurance team working for them, and it's their job to make the process as daunting as possible to you.

Do trucker's medical qualifications affect road safety?

Louisiana drivers like you share the road with many different vehicles. Some of the most potentially hazardous are the large commercial trucks. While most companies use stringent procedures to ensure that their drivers are in top form, there are unfortunately some areas where unqualified truck drivers might make the cut.

Findlaw has a blog post dissecting one potential issue related to unqualified truckers that you may face. For example, there have been reports of fake trucker exams, which have begun to compromise roadway safety. Many people don't know this, but truckers have to pass a medical examination in order to be deemed safe enough to drive. This is because the grueling physical demands of the trucking industry can exacerbate existing medical conditions, leading to unsafe driving and potentially harming the driver's health as well.

State police target distracted driving

Residents in Louisiana who make an effort to driver safely should feel good about their responsible behavior and their positive contributions to keeping themselves, their loved ones and others safe. Unfortuntely not everyone who gets behind the wheel of a motor vehicle thinks about their safety or the safety of others. These negligent drivers can cause tremendous pain and challenges that really need not happen.

Drunk driving and speeding are certainly two big risks people face but in the past several year, distracted driving has become one of the most prominent dangers as people refuse to put away their phones while they are driving. KATC reports that the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development is placing extra emphasis on the dangers of distracted driving this year.

Is hands-free driving safe?

If you are like most people in Louisiana, one of the first things that comes to your mind when you think about distracted driving is someone holding their cell phone up to their ear while talking and driving or maybe someone sending and receiving text messages while they are driving. Certainly these actions can be highly dangerous and are forms of distracted driving but they are far from the only dangers that exist within the realm of distracted driving.

Research conducted by the AAA Foundation last year took a look at distractions that require drivers' mental attention or eyes. These cognitive or visual distractions it seems can be extremely dangerous. Interestingly the single most dangerous distraction uncovered by the research was the programming of navigation systems, something that has become almost routine for many drivers.

DWIs and driving privileges in Louisiana

Across the country many people might think about Louisiana as a state known for its hospitality and love of a good party. While there are certainly many responsible citizens in the state of Louisiana, there are also far too many who still refuse to give up their keys if they are going to be drinking alcohol at an event or gathering. As a result, people keep dying at the hands of drunk drivers.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicates that out of 757 vehicular deaths statewide in 2016, 225 of those involved alcohol. In East Baton Rouge and West Baton Rouge Counties combined, 16 out of 57 traffic fatalities occurred in drunk driving accidents.

How dangerous are Louisiana roads and highways?

Whether on your regular daily commute to and from work or while just out running errands in Louisiana, you likely have seen an accident happen or driven by the scene of a prior accident. You may even have been involved in a crash yourself. While some accidents might be minor, far too many result in the loss of life and adding insult to injury is the reality that most crashes should never happen because they result from poor judgement or negligent actions on the part of human drivers.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data shows that in Louisiana the number of people killed in motor vehicle accidents dropped from 723 to 703 between 2012 and 2013. However, the following three years saw increases in fatalities first to 740, then to 752 and finally to 757 in 2016. The crashes included a variety of contributing factors from excessive speed to alcohol. Deaths among motorcyclists and pedestrians increased in this time also.

What are signs you're reacting badly to a drug?

Louisiana residents take medicine every day for a number of reasons, whether it's for short-term or long-term illnesses, for allergies, headaches, or other health-related issues. However, medications for both preventative and prescriptive reasons can have equally negative effects if they're not produced or sold correctly.

One form of defective medication involves ingredients being left unannounced. This can cause a huge issue for people who have allergies or sensitivities to certain types of drugs or foods. In some cases, it might be the filler ingredients that cause issue. For example, many medications have fillers that contain wheat or dairy proteins. If these ingredients are not properly announced, you may have an allergic reaction.

Design elements of larger trucks can make them more dangerous

Sharing the road with massive commercial trucks is just a fact of modern life. The vast majority of consumer products, as well as raw materials and other supplies, get shipped around the United States by big rigs. Trucking is a major industry, offering a living wage to those who can drive safely for long hours every day.

Sadly, with so many large vehicles on the road, some people in passenger vehicles get hurt or killed every day in the United States. Trucks may help keep our country running, but they also increase the risk of a crash on the road. This is especially true when commercial drivers text behind the wheel, drink or do drugs or continue driving when tired. Of course, certain design elements of trucks also create risk to the public as well.

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