Many people in Louisiana may remember a time when wearing seat belts was not commonly done when riding in vehicles. Today, the inclusion and use of seat belts is common and considered a basic element of protecting people in cars, trucks and other vehicles. However, the United States took a whopping 10 years from the time these restraints were first introduced until they were built into all vehicles.
Most people in Louisiana assume that someone who holds a commercial driver's license is held to a high standard for safety and that their driving record is carefully monitored and reviewed. Unfortunately, it seems that there are several loopholes that allow a negligent person to continue to drive commercially. An example can be seen in a case involving the recent death of seven motorcyclists at one time.
Common types of driving distractions have been detailed on this blog in the past. One that might immediately jump out to many in Baton Rouge is eating and drinking while driving. These acts are likely considered to be so natural that few might actually classify them as distracting. Yet the statistics detailing the dangers of eating while driving cannot be overlooked. According to information compiled through a joint effort between The Auto Alliance and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, those who eat behind the wheel are 3.6 times more likely to be involved in an accident than those who do not.
The necessity of road construction projects in Louisiana is undeniable. Nevertheless, areas of construction pose unique hazards for everyone. Construction workers themselves are particularly vulnerable, and nothing illustrates this vulnerability more dramatically than an accident in a construction zone that injures or kills a road worker.
As a Louisiana resident who has recently been involved in a crash, you understand just how devastating the resulting injuries can be. However, there are some injuries that may be deceptively low-key at first while actually being quite harmful. Knee injuries can fall under that category. We at MGM Injury Attorneys will discuss the potential impact of a knee injury on your overall well-being.
Someone is driving on a Louisiana highway when that person abruptly loses consciousness and collides with another vehicle. The colliding driver later explains that he had suffered a heart attack and was not at fault for the accident. In this scenario, you might wonder if a court would accept this argument as valid. In some cases, courts do recognize such an argument, which is also known as a sudden medical emergency defense.
Should you receive a neck or back injury in a Louisiana car crash, you face becoming paralyzed in part or all of your body. Spinal cord injuries represent some of the most catastrophic injuries your body can sustain, and most of them result in your never walking again unassisted, or worse yet, having to live in a wheelchair.
People in Louisiana and throughout the South may well be known for their love of celebrations but they are also known for their devotion to their friends and families and their desire to keep their loved ones safe. Unfortunately, this is not always possible and can be made even harder when some people refuse to act responsibly. Despite widespread awareness, many drivers continue to get behind the wheel of a vehicle even when they are taking medications that would make them incapable of driving safely.
Louisiana residents across the state can be impacted by negligent drivers, driving, and roadway behaviors or habits. These actions, though seemingly harmless or trivial in some cases, can lead to crashes that can change a person's life forever.
Louisiana residents like you have likely heard of the many ongoing campaigns that intend to bring an end to texting while driving. This is indeed a very serious problem. However, it isn't the only way distracted driving can potentially cause harm.