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What are regulators doing to try reduce intersection crashes?

Intersections are referred to by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) as "planned points of conflict in any roadway system". Yes, you read that correctly. If it concerns you that federal officials would refer to intersections as places where conflict is planned to occur, then that's a good thing. Everyone could stand to be a bit more cautious in and around intersections. They're quite dangerous after all.

Data compiled by the FHWA during the past few years shows that at least 25% of all fatal crashes occur at intersections. At least 50% of all of the ones that have resulted in injuries have occurred at these crossroads as well.

How vicarious liability could help you make a car accident claim

If you have recently been involved in a car accident, your chance of gaining back significant damages may depend on your ability to show that the other party was to blame. If you were involved in a collision with a commercial vehicle, you could potentially have more options to show that they were at fault. This is because commercial drivers are held to higher standards than other drivers, and their employer may be liable through the legal theory of vicarious liability.

Vicarious liability means that the employer of a commercial driver could be held liable for their negligent actions if their behavior led to damages. If you are wondering if you could be able to hold a company liable for damages using the theory of vicarious liability, the following article will be able to answer some of your questions.

Does telemedicine increase the chances of malpractice?

Telemedicine is becoming an increasingly common way for doctors to see patients. Being able to see and talk to a doctor via Skype, FaceTime or other platform can be particularly beneficial for patients who don't live close to their doctor, for those who may not be able to drive or for patients who don't want to risk being exposed to other patients who may be contagious.

There are limits to what doctors can or should try to do via direct-to-consumer (DTC) telemedicine. It's typically best for patients who don't have a serious illness or injury or for those who may just need to check in regularly following a procedure.

Your delayed onset injury still needs medical care

You were in a significant traffic collision, but you were fortunate enough to be able to walk away relatively unscathed. You felt like you were okay, so you decided not to go to the hospital. You wanted to get on with your day, so you simply waited as the police took care of their records and then went on to work.

You did fine most of the day, but as things moved forward, you started to notice a little swelling in your leg. By the time you were ready to go home, it had started to become painful. You drove yourself to the hospital and told them that you'd been in an accident.

Distracted driving shouldn't ever happen

Distracted driving is a big problem throughout the Baton Rouge area. With the interstate and major thoroughfares snaking through the city, drivers must head out on the road only when they're ready to give their full attention to driving. Unfortunately, many people who live in Louisiana and those who are traveling through our beautiful state allow themselves to become distracted by various things.

There are three areas of distraction that directly impact drivers. These include:

  • Cognitive: not thinking about driving
  • Manual: hands not on the steering wheel
  • Visual: not looking at the roadway

Claiming damages after being hit by a drunk driver

Across the United States, it's illegal to drive a vehicle if your blood alcohol content (BAC) is .08% or higher. While most people make sure that they have not drunk any alcohol before getting behind the wheel, unfortunately, it's the case that some put other people's lives at risk by driving while drunk.

If you were recently involved in a car accident, you may or may not know what was the true cause. Often, several factors caused a collision to occur. In other cases, one key factor, such as the intoxication of one of the drivers, was the primary cause. If you have reason to believe that the other driver was drunk when the collision occurred, you should make sure that you get the settlement that you deserve.

Victims shouldn't have financial damages in wrecks

Semitrucks traverse the Baton Rouge area on a daily basis. With the Atchafalaya Basin bridge, I-10 and I-12 in the area, there are lots of challenging areas. These truckers must ensure they're awake and alert when they drive because parts of these routes, such as the ramp near Tigertown, don't leave much room for errors.

Unfortunately, truckers do suffer from fatigue and distractions. These make it much harder for them to handle the obstacles they face on the road. Innocent people can suffer injuries in crashes with these large vehicles. For those victims, the battle toward returning to their full abilities is often challenging.

Can I file a medical malpractice lawsuit in Louisiana?

What rises to the level of medical malpractice varies by state. This crime is a type of negligence that generally involves a health care provider offering services that are below the standard of care. If that medical practitioner's actions result in their patient being either injured or dead, then the patient or their loved ones may be able to sue for damages.

Some types of negligence are more common than others. If a patient is administered either the wrong dosage of or the incorrect medication by a member of their medical team, then they may be able to sue for damages. The same logic applies if a patient is misdiagnosed or develops a staph infection.

Defective drugs can lead to manufacturers being sued

Drug companies have a duty to manufacture medications that are as safe as possible. Because no drug will have a prefect cure rate without some risks, the drug manufacturers need to alert the public to the possible negative reactions of the drug. This is done by placing a warning on the drugs.

Unfortunately, not all negative impacts are preventable. There is a chance that a manufacturer either missed a fatal side effect or tried to cover it up. In both cases, seeking compensation for the damages is possible. We understand how difficult taking this step is.

Alleged drunk driver kills best friend in crash

A 20-year-old man from Baton Rouge is sitting in the East Baton Rouge Jail on multiple charges related to a recent motor vehicle crash.

According to the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office, the 20-year-old crashed his truck at the Jones Creek Bridge. His friend, a 19-year-old male, was in the passenger seat. The teen passed away from his injuries, while the 20-year-old driver fled the scene.

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