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September 2014 Archives

New rules address truck driver fatigue

Most Louisiana drivers are aware that it can be dangerous to drive when they are tired, and it can be especially hazardous if an individual is driving an 18-wheeler.  It has been over a year since new rules instituted by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) took effect on July 1, 2013. An increasing number of truck accidents involving driver fatigue prompted the FMCSA to amend certain rules to increase safety for truck drivers and the public alike. 

Impairment suspected in Louisiana car accident

A recent tragedy gave the Louisiana State Police the opportunity to remind drivers of the dangers of driving under the influence even though it is not yet clear whether the presumably at-fault driver was impaired.  The results of a toxicology sample are pending.  The same driver died from injuries suffered in the car accident.

When birth trauma results in Erb's Palsy in a Louisiana birth

Virtually every parent in Louisiana would agree that one of the most natural occurrences in the world is the birth of a child. Women's bodies are designed to handle the strain of pregnancy and birth. However, on occasion, something can go wrong, resulting in permanent conditions such as Cerebral Palsy or Erb's Palsy. These two conditions are a direct result of trauma during birth.

Police need help in hit-and-run car accident in Louisiana

Law enforcement officials sometimes need the assistance of the public to locate vehicles and their drivers that are involved in hit-and-run collisions. Recently, police began asking anyone with information about a car accident that put a Louisiana man in the hospital to come forward. Now, a week after the driver fled the scene of that crash, the man's family has made the painful decision to take the victim off the machines believed to be keeping him alive.