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Do I have underinsured/uninsured motorist insurance?

Underinsured and uninsured motorist insurance could handle your costs, even if someone responsible for your injuries during an accident did not carry adequate coverage. It could also help you if the other driver had no insurance at all.

The best way to determine the specific terms of your car insurance policy is typically to read through the documents yourself or have a trusted advisor do so. Louisiana law does have some rules about uninsured and underinsured motorist protection, but the laws do not mandate that everyone cover this type of liability. 

The scourge of drunk driving

According to MADD, repeat offenders make up about a third of the people whom police arrest or courts convict for DUI. We believe that our courts in Louisiana need to do better in order to keep our roads safe. That is why, at McGlynn Glisson & Mouton, we work tirelessly to help our clients hold other drivers and their insurance companies responsible.

One of the hardest parts about pursuing a case against another driver for an accident would probably be dealing with your opponent’s insurer. These companies often have experienced legal teams and a large pool of resources from which they fund their negotiation, research and litigation. 

Are expired medications dangerous?

All drugs, whether they’re over-the-counter or prescribed by a doctor, have expiration dates. Many people question whether drugs that have expired are still as effective or if they pose a threat when taken. The following information sheds some light on the thinking behind drug expiration dates, so you can make an informed decision on your health and well-being.

According to, the real problem with expired drugs lies in decreased potency. Many types of drugs, such as pills including capsules and tablets, actually remain quite stable beyond their expiration date. Additionally, studies have confirmed that certain drugs do retain potency for many years. Testing on behalf of the military, which typically has large stockpiles of medicines that aren’t always used before expiration, showed that amoxicillin and ciprofloxacin, two common antibiotics, showed no failures post-expiration, and for as long as 15 years in some cases.

Can prescription drugs make you depressed?

After taking your prescription medication for a while, you might start to feel depressed. If you cannot discern any other apparent cause for your change in mood, you should consider your medicine as a possible culprit. Sometimes prescription drugs can alter a person’s mood, and if you were not expecting this to happen, you should consult with your Louisiana physician as soon as possible.

WebMD points out that specific medications can create feelings of depression. After a period of consuming the medicine, you might feel sad, discouraged or apathetic. The reason these drugs may create these feelings is because they change the chemicals in the human brain. This alteration in a person’s mood is not the intended result of the medicine, however. Typically, these drugs are meant to handle other disorders, with depression only a side effect.

What is an open container law?

If you recognize that one of your friends is too drunk to ride on a Louisiana road, you may decide to step in as a designated driver. However, if your friend is carrying an open can of beer with him as he enters the vehicle, you might have a problem. While you are legally able to drive since you are not drunk, the mere fact that your friend possesses an open can of beer in the vehicle could still invite trouble from the law.

Louisiana has what is known as an “open carry” law. Under Louisiana Statute 32:300, a Louisiana passenger is not permitted to consume an alcoholic beverage or to possess an open container of an alcoholic beverage while in a vehicle driving on the road. This law permits a police officer to give you a citation if an open alcohol container is discovered in your vehicle.

What treatments are available for alcohol abuse?

Receiving a drunk driving charge in Louisiana will have very serious consequences. Along with legal concerns, you must also consider whether a problem with alcohol led to your charges, which is a factor for many people caught drunk driving. If you’re concerned that you have an issue with substance abuse, WebMD offers the following information on treatment options.

If you have a severe drinking problem that has persisted for a number of years, you may need to go through detox. This is the process of allowing alcohol to leave your body, which can have very serious effects. For instance, some people withdrawing from a severe alcohol addiction will experience tremors, hallucinations, and even seizures. These effects can be dangerous, which is why a medically-assisted detox is recommended in many cases.

How a car crash can impact the relationship with your insurer

You may have had the same motor vehicle insurance policy for years or even decades. Most people tend not to reconsider their policies unless something major happens that requires them to. Liability insurance for your vehicle helps keep you safe on the road and reduces the potential for a financial catastrophe as a result of a motor vehicle collision.

You may feel like you have been a valued and loyal customer to your insurance company. They may even use those words in communications with you, such as your annual renewal notices. Do not mistake the language of salespeople for a legitimate human relationship.

Be aware of Drowsy Driving Prevention Week

Many safety awareness topics are introduced when the timing is most relevant. At the law offices of McGlynn, Glisson & Mouton, we know this is especially true when it comes to numerous types of motor vehicle accidents. You and other Louisiana residents may be planning to travel over Thanksgiving and during the upcoming holiday season, which is a prime time for drowsy driving accidents.

The National Safety Council and the National Sleep Foundation have designated the first full week of November as Drowsy Driving Prevention Week. You might be planning to drive out of town to visit relatives over the holidays. It is important to understand your risks of being in a sleep-related accident.

How can an expired drug be harmful?

You place a great deal of trust in your doctor and pharmacist when you are prescribed a medication, especially one that can cure an infection or treat a life-threatening medical condition. Unfortunately, there are ways your trust might be misplaced. You could be prescribed the wrong dosage amount or given a medication with a similar name that would have devastating consequences if you took it. You and other Louisiana residents might not realize that an expired medication could also adversely affect your health.

As the U.S. Food and Drug Administration explains, some drugs lose their potency when they expire. For example, if you keep Tylenol in your medicine cabinet, despite it having expired several years ago, the worst it might do is not help you get rid of your headache. However, other medications, especially those prescribed for serious conditions like diabetes or congestive heart disease, might come with much worse consequences if you take them after they expire. Outdated insulin that has lost its strength could fail to manage your diabetes; the chemical composition can change in expired medication and cause an adverse reaction; bacterial growth in old medication can fail to treat an infection or cause you to become ill.

Louisiana tow truck collision leaves 2 dead

Motor vehicle accidents involving both cars and trucks in Louisiana can be devastating. Because a truck is so much larger than most of the passenger automobiles on the road, it can strike with a great deal more force in a collision with a car. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, in 2016, the most recent year for which statistics are available, there were 4,317 fatalities in accidents involving large trucks and 180,000 injuries.

crash between a tow truck and a passenger vehicle in Baton Rouge last week resulted in two deaths. Losing control of the car, the 21-year-old driver crossed the center line of the intersection, putting the vehicle in the path of the ongoing tow truck. 

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