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Deadly Dangers From Drowsy Drivers

Various factors can lead to a truck colliding with another vehicle. Investigations often reveal speeding, reckless operation, and other types of negligence. The advent of smart phones has lead to tragic collisions caused by distracted driving of a tractor-trailer. Far too many crashes have resulted from drug or alcohol abuse.

Sleep deprivation from staying on the road too long or avoiding breaks is also cited as a common cause of 18-wheeler collisions. However, drivers who try to get the rest they need may suffer from a common, dangerous and often undiagnosed sleep disorder.

What you need to know about exposure to asbestos

During most of the 20th century, asbestos was a common component of insulation in places where fire or extreme heat was a threat. It is for this reason that most oil refineries in Louisiana were built using asbestos. Not only was the substance used in building materials, but a fibrous form was used in protection gear as well.

The rampant use of asbestos has exposed many workers to serious health issues, including mesothelioma. If you have been exposed to asbestos in the work place and become ill, resulting in significant medical expenses and loss of wages, you may have a claim to recoup lost income and seeking the advice of an experienced personal injury attorney is advisable.

What to do if you're injured by an 18-wheeler

Car accidents are a leading cause of injury and even death in the United States. In fact, the number one cause of death for children in this country is death by vehicular accident. Any collision between vehicles can cause damage to property and risk the life and bodily health of those involved. When there is a massive discrepancy between the size of the vehicles, as is the case when semi-trucks or 18 wheelers are involved in the accident, the chances of severe injury or death of the people in the smaller vehicle rises substantially. While the rates of fatal accidents have declined in recent years, there are still thousands of trucking accidents that kill or maim people every year.

Recent Tow Truck Accident Claims 3 Lives, Others Injured

When people are seriously injured or lives are lost in a crash here in Louisiana or elsewhere, the families of the victims have the right to file wrongful death claims against the party or parties deemed to be at fault. In a commercial truck accident in which the driver of the truck is considered responsible, the victims and/or their families may include the driver's employer as a defendant in the lawsuit. Sometimes, it can be a challenge to determine what company should be included in the lawsuit.

Failing To Follow Care Standards Could Be Medical Malpractice

The primary duty of doctors here in Louisiana and elsewhere is to do no harm. In fact, those words are still contained in the oath they take when they become doctors. At the heart of nearly every medical malpractice claim is the alleged failure of doctors and other medical professionals to follow care guidelines and standards meant to keep patients safe from harm.

Charges are pending in fatal accident on Louisiana Hwy 13

Determining the cause of a crash can take some time. Louisiana law enforcement agencies often require more than just the investigation conducted at the scene of a serious or fatal accident in order to determine what happened. Only after that investigation is substantially completed is a determination made regarding whether any charges should be filed against the driver believed to be at fault.

This is where troopers with the Louisiana State Police were at last report in connection with an accident that recently occurred on Louisiana Highway 13. What is known thus far is that a pickup truck headed southbound on the highway veered into the oncoming lane of travel for reasons that have yet to be determined. The pickup slammed into a northbound car.

Investigation into deadly car accident ends with an arrest

On May 17 at approximately 11:30 p.m., troopers with the Louisiana State Police responded to the scene of a crash that involved one vehicle. The deadly car accident happened north of U.S. Highway 71 on Louisiana Highway 3225. After months of investigation, officials arrested the man that was driving the pickup truck that night.

The 24-year-old driver was traveling northbound on the highway when he somehow lost control of the pickup. The vehicle then left the road, careened through a private driveway and slammed into a parked semi-trailer. The driver was taken to an area hospital for treatment of the moderate injuries he suffered in the accident. 

Driver of the bus in fatal accident on I-10 speaks out

Three people lost their lives on Aug. 28 in a crash involving a bus, a fire truck and two passenger vehicles. The accident occurred on Interstate 10. Louisiana authorities report that the driver of the bus who is said to be responsible for the fatal accident is illegally in the country and does not have a valid driver's license. He remains incarcerated in a Louisiana parish jail, but he is now speaking out about what he says happened that day.

He admits that he did not have the proper license to drive, but he says that he told his boss as much before he got behind the wheel. He claims that his boss told him to drive the bus despite his protestations. He was told that the bus was checked out and that it was road worthy.

Louisiana man killed, woman injured in car accident on I-20

Even for experienced motorcycle riders here in Louisiana and around the country, maintaining control of their vehicles is not always an easy task. When there is a loss of control, the driver and/or passenger could fall off the motorcycle and into the roadway. This eventuality led to a recent car accident in which a man was killed and a woman was injured.

On a recent Saturday night, a 43-year-old man was operating a motorcycle eastbound on Interstate 20. Somehow, he lost control and his passenger fell onto the roadway. As he was helping the 43-year-old woman up and to a safe place, a car came along and struck both of them. The man died from the injuries he suffered in the impact.

Is Louisiana ambulance driver responsible for fatal accident?

When emergency response vehicles here in Louisiana and elsewhere have their lights and sirens on, they are supposed to be given the right-of-way by other vehicles. As they respond to calls, police cars, fire trucks and ambulances routinely go through intersections even if the light is red and use oncoming lanes of travel if they need to in order to get where they are needed. However, simply having lights and sirens going does not allow drivers of emergency response vehicles to completely ignore traffic rules, which could lead to a serious or fatal accident. They are still required to make sure the way is clear and that they will not impact another vehicle as they travel.

At approximately 5 p.m. on a recent Monday, an ambulance was on its way to a call on U.S. 61 with lights and sirens going. Reportedly, the driver of the ambulance drifted into the oncoming lane and struck two vehicles. The second vehicle hit was pushed off the road, and when it came to a stop, it burst into flames.