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August 2016 Archives

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.

Trucking accidents are often caused by distracted driving

Long-haul drivers spend several hours behind the wheels of their big rigs. They, too, can get bored and complacent, which can lead them to look for distractions to keep their minds active while they travel. Sadly, distracted driving causes many trucking accidents in Louisiana and elsewhere.

Fatal accident blamed on racing, surviving driver charged

The "Fast and Furious" movie franchise has made street racing appear glamorous, which could prompt some drivers to risk partaking in such a dangerous activity on Louisiana's streets and highways. These drivers risk both their lives and the lives of those who unknowingly end up sharing the roads with them. Anyone could become the victim of a fatal accident under these circumstances.

Serious car accident possible due to defective door latch

Of all of the things that can go wrong while driving, one of the last things that many drivers expect is for their doors to come open as they travel. Unfortunately, this is exactly what could happen to approximately 830,000 vehicles manufactured by Ford Motor Company. The recall, which most likely includes many here in Louisiana, indicates that a serious car accident is possible due to a defective latch.

Toxic exposure to asbestos is often deadly over time

Asbestos is a material made up of numerous mineral fibers that are chemically altered and/or treated. The substance was manufactured as an insulation, a building material and floor tiles. It has also been used in vehicle clutches and brakes. Many industries that used to work with the substance here in Louisiana and elsewhere discontinued its use due to toxic exposure caused by its microscopic fibers that are not visible to the naked eye.