Baton Rouge Personal Injury Law Blog

Boating accidents lead to hundreds of deaths each year

While all Americans are aware of the dangers of driving while intoxicated on the roads, it is also worth taking into consideration that boating accidents claim hundreds of lives and injure thousands throughout the United States, including victims from the Baton Rouge and New Orleans, Louisiana area, every year. Considering that there are far fewer boats on the water at any given time, and there is more space on the waters than on the roads, many hazards can be overlooked.

Can I file a claim for loss of consortium?

A loss of consortium claim allows the spouse of someone injured in a car accident to seek additional compensation. Let's say your husband was permanently disabled in a motor vehicle accident due to no fault of his own. Your husband is no longer able to spend time with you, have sexual relations with you, and he will not be available to provide domestic services like fixing things around the house, cooking meals and watching the children.

A loss of consortium claim seeks to compensate you for this loss. Although it's difficult to quantify the monetary value of the loss of companionship and other loss of consortium matters, Louisiana courts will strive to come to a fair level of compensation for these damages.

5 causes of distracted driving on I-10

I-10 is a busy corridor that spans the width of Louisiana. Except for the short burst, you can travel on I-12 if you are bypassing New Orleans. Drivers going from one coast to the other using the southernmost route travel I-10. The congestion on this route as drivers travel around New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Lafayette and Lake Charles means drivers need their full attention on the road. Distracted drivers pose a hazard to everyone on the interstate, and victims of distracted driving accidents need to be aware of their legal options for obtaining full and fair compensation.

Truck Accidents

Although whenever we get behind the wheel of our car and head out on the roads we may take for granted the many potential hazards that exist, many are hidden in plain sight each day. Trucks. Whether it is a commercial 18-wheeler barreling down the highway or a dump truck heading up and down the road you live on, we see trucks so often that many of us are simply unaware of their potential dangers.

Man killed in "drag racing" accident in East Baton Rouge Parish

Last Saturday night on May 6, 2017 at approximately 10:30pm, police responded to the report of a serious accident on Route US 61 at Barringer Foreman Road in East Baton Rouge Parish. It is believed that two cars, including a 20-year-old driver from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, were drag racing on the southbound lanes of Rt US 61. At the same time, a teenage driver was attempting to make a U-turn, and collided head on with one of the drag racing vehicles.

Baton Rouge sees flurry of drunk drivers over the weekend

Despite the serious offenses that face someone accused of drunk driving, it appears that it still runs rampant and remains a problem for everyone on the roads throughout the United States, including those from the Baton Rouge, Louisiana area. According to records, last weekend alone authorities arrested at least 15 drivers with various drunk driving and other driving charges between Friday night and Sunday.

Louisiana resident killed in multi-truck accident

A five vehicle crash including two 18-wheeler tractor-trailers claimed the life of a 26-year-old Alexandria, Louisiana resident last Wednesday, April 19 at about 5:30 in the afternoon during rush hour on Interstate 10 west of La. 415. The accident occurred when an 18-wheeler failed to slow down approaching congestion on the highway.

Injured in a pedestrian accident? Know your full range of legal options.

When you're walking on the sidewalk, on the side of the road or crossing the road, you're probably very aware of any ongoing traffic. Sadly, not everyone operating a motor vehicle will be as aware of you. Some people decide to drive while intoxicated, distracted or otherwise incapacitated, putting pedestrians at unnecessary risk.

In 2016 in Louisiana, there were 1,470 pedestrian injuries caused by motor vehicles and 127 pedestrian fatalities. If you or someone you love was injured by a motor vehicle while walking or running, you need to speak with an experienced Louisiana personal injury attorney immediately.

What happens when you lose a loved one to a motor vehicle crash?

Car accidents happen every day. Most times, people involved in accidents are able to walk away. Sometimes, however, that is not the case, and whole families are shattered as a result.

Sudden loss can be difficult to cope with. Surviving family members, particularly if they were in the vehicle at the time of the accident, may need extensive therapy to process their loss. Most times, money and an lawsuit are the farthest things from your mind after losing someone you love. However, it is important to remember that working with an attorney can protect your family after a fatal crash.

Understanding the types of compensation victims may recover

When victims are harmed in a car accident, truck accident, motorcycle accident or drunk driving accident, it is likely to harm both them and their family members and loved ones. Victims and their families may need compensation to help them with the physical, financial and emotional damages they have suffered in an unexpected car accident caused by a drunk driver or other negligent driver.

Victims and their families involved in car accidents and fatal motor vehicle accidents may be able to recover compensation for economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages are designed to compensate victims for the financial losses they have suffered. Economic damages that victims and their families may be able to recover through a personal injury or wrongful death legal claim for damages include lost wages or salary; lost earning capacity; and past and future medical expenses.

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