Baton Rouge Personal Injury Law Blog

Commercial drivers who text while operating are dangers to others

Texting and driving is a dangerous practice that has caused injuries and deaths to victims in Louisiana. When a driver takes their eyes away from the road in order to read or respond to a text message they are failing to use care in the execution of their driving responsibilities. A driver who is not looking at the road is a distracted driver and distracted drivers are threats to everyone else who must share streets and highways with them.

Because texting and driving is such a public safety issue several federal agencies have implemented regulations that ban the practice for commercial drivers. Both the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration have prohibited certain commercial drivers from engaging in text messaging while operating their rigs.

Helping you collect damages following a motorcycle accident

Year round, Baton Rouge residents can expect to encounter or see motorcyclists on the roadways. Because of the nice weather, it is ideal for locals and visitors to cruise around on their bikes and enjoy the outdoors. While it is an enjoyable and efficient way to get around, motorcyclists are susceptible to certain risks and dangers. Because of their small size, motorists do not always see them, this could result in a collision by a vehicle failing to check their mirrors and blind spots, signal a turn or even yield to an oncoming biker. Thus, a motorcycle accident ensures, resulting in serious and catastrophic injuries.

Unlike other vehicles, motorcycles are not equipped with certain safety features such as a seatbelt, airbags and a hard exterior shell. Thus, when a motorcycle crash occurs, not only is the biker not protected by safety features on the bike, there is not that keep them on the bike. Therefore, make riders are thrown off the bike in the event of a motorcycle accident. Although a helmet and protective clothing can prevent and reduce the severity of injuries, most motorcycle crash victims suffer some form of injury in a crash.

Off-duty Louisiana police officer dies in motorcycle accident

Motorcycle accidents often occur when drivers of larger vehicles fail to stop for motorcycles with the right of way or fail to see motorcycles when the vehicle drivers are making maneuvers with their cars, trucks and sport utility vehicles. These common mistakes often result in significant injuries to the motorcyclists who were unfortunate enough to be in the vicinities of negligent drivers. In some cases motorcyclists and their passengers are killed due to the dangerous driving practices of others.

A very sad situation recently occurred in Slidell when a loved member of that community's local law enforcement family was killed while riding his motorcycle. The deceased officer was off duty and traveling on Brownswitch Road in Slidell at around 10:30 in the evening. As he was riding, a vehicle driven by a 29-year-old woman made an improper turn in front of him. The victim was not able to stop his motorcycle in time and crashed into the passenger side of the negligent driver's car.

The concerning rate of cellphone use by motorists

Everyday, motorists in Louisiana and elsewhere get behind the wheel of their personal vehicles. They might be heading to work, school or the store, but chances are that more than, where they are headed to are on their mind. Drivers are faced with a multitude of distractions, many of which come from technology.

In order to understand how many and how often drivers are distracted by their cellphone, researchers conducted an extensive study. This study was rather extensive, looking at the driving habits of smartphone owners. After analyzing the collected data over a course of three months that looked at three million drivers, it was found that roughly 9 in 10 drivers use their phones while driving.

Motorcycle safety: Avoid the lane-change collision

If you're a motorcycle rider, you've undoubtedly experienced this one: you're riding along and, while you're briefly in the blind spot of a vehicle a little bit ahead of you, the driver decides to move into your lane.

If you're lucky, you safely brake or move over, or the driver sees you with enough time to make a course correction. Since this type of situation is so prevalent, and since we can't control the drivers around us, how do motorcyclists avoid a lane-change collision?

Suspect in police chase causes fatal Baton Rouge crash

Negligent drivers can turn up anywhere. Whether one is traveling on the interstate, city streets or residential area, if a motorist is distracted, reckless or intoxicated, this can prove to be a very dangerous situation. Even when one follows the rules of the road and is completely attentive, this unfortunately is not always enough to avoid a negligent driver.

This is what occurred in a recent fatal crash in Baton Rouge. According to reports, a two-vehicle crash occurred when authorities were pursuing a suspect in a car chase. Authorities were chasing a 30-year-old motorist that narcotic detectives were investigating and suspected of illegal activities in the area. The suspect attempted to run two officers over with his vehicle before fleeing the scene.

What are the common causes of motorcycle accidents?

Residents in Louisiana enjoy the ability to ride their motorcycles year-round. Because the weather is often nice, traveling by motorcycle can be an enjoyable and efficient way to get around. While there are many benefits for riding a motorcycle, there are some downsides. These small vehicles face many risks on the roadways, and when a motorcycle crash occurs, bikers are likely to suffer a wide range of serious injuries.

While motorcycle safety is important and numerous campaigns have been initiated to further this effort, this does not always prevent a negligent driver from colliding with a biker. What are the common causes of motorcycle accidents?

Taking action after a commercial truck accident

Life in Louisiana brings with it many surprises. While some of these are positive, like the birth of a child, a job promotion or moving across country, others can be devastating, like losing a job, being robbed or being a victim of a serious commercial vehicle accident. Like any surprising event, accident victims do not anticipate being harmed by a negligent driver. Thus, victims are not prepared to deal with the aftermath of the crash.

Although commercial trucks have a valuable role in society, these large vehicles present many risks and dangers. If these vehicles are not operated safely or if a truck driver is fatigued, distracted or even intoxicated, this could result in a traumatic collision. While some of these crashes unfortunately result in fatalities, other victims survive the crash with life-threatening injuries. Because a commercial truck crash could alter the life of a victim, it is important to understand the step required to take legal action.

Navigating a legal action after a commercial vehicle crash

In Louisiana, commercial vehicles play a vital role in society. Whether it is a semi-truck delivering a shipment, a garbage truck serving a community, a dump truck servicing a construction site, a bus transporting passengers or a taxi taking an individual to their final destination, companies, communities, industries, families and individuals rely on commercial vehicles to complete certain tasks. However, the drivers of commercial vehicles are hired by a company, which could result in numerous liable parties in the event of a commercial vehicle crash.

Operating a motor vehicle, whether it is a large truck or a taxicab, comes with much responsibility. Every motorist is required to follow the rules of the road. This duty can rise to a higher standard when a driver is operating a large vehicle, is carrying passengers or is transporting hazardous material. At the Lucky Law Firm, PLC, our experienced legal team understands the harm and devastation that could follow a commercial vehicle accident; therefore, we are dedicated to helping victims in the Baton Rouge area navigate a civil action.

Wrongful death claims: When a child is lost

Parents of young children may be able to pursue wrongful death damages if their child died in an accident caused by someone else's negligence. However, wrongful death claims relating to children present unique challenges.

When it comes to the death of an adult, courts can calculate financial losses by looking at the adult's income and future income-generating capacity. It is also possible to estimate the value of domestic services provided by an adult. However, with children, damages related to future earning capacity and the potential for offering future care to the parents are much more difficult to estimate.

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