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Having your kids in the right car seat could save their lives

Experiencing a collision in a motor vehicle can change the entire story of your life in just a few moments. You and the people in your vehicle may suffer severe injuries. For parents, motor vehicle collisions are even more of a risk.

Cars are one of the most dangerous places to have a child. Injuries resulting from an accident in a motor vehicle remain a leading cause of death for minor children. As a parent, you want to do everything you can to keep your kids safe. Unfortunately, you can't simply avoid traveling in motor vehicles unless you intend to live on an Amish farm somewhere.

Avoid these things when making a car insurance claim

If you have a good relationship with your car insurance agent, it's easy to believe this person will do what's best for you after an accident. While they may be helpful to a certain degree, your agent isn't on your side.

After an accident, such as one in which another driver struck your vehicle, it's important to file a car insurance claim as soon as possible. When doing so, there are five mistakes you want to avoid:

  • Forgetting to read your policy: Your car insurance agent will know your policy inside and out. However, since you don't work in the industry, you may not spend much time reviewing your policy to understand your coverage. Don't contact your agent until you first review the finer details of your policy.
  • Providing a written or recorded statement: You think you're answering basic questions about the accident, but you could say something that prohibits you from collecting all the compensation you deserve. You have the right to tell your agent you're not answering a question if you're not comfortable with it.
  • Accepting the first offer: Your agent may send you a low-ball offer shortly after your accident, hoping that you accept it without considering your other options. Making this mistake could result in leaving a lot of money on the table.
  • Signing a waiver or release: If your agent asks you to sign anything, review it in detail before putting pen to paper. You may soon find that they're trying to trick you into signing something that's not in your best interest.
  • Don't accept a check marked as final payment: At some point, you may accept a final payment, but you don't want to do this until you exhaust all your options.

What are the best qualities in a motorcycle helmet?

If you go to a motorcycle store, you'll find a lot of variety when it comes to motorcycle helmets. In fact, there are so many styles and configurations that you may find yourself scratching your head wondering which is best. That's why we'd like to share this short list of characteristics that you should look for when shopping for a new helmet:

Durableness: You'll want your motorcycle helmet to be hard and durable enough that it withstands the test of time. Do your research before buying and make sure that the helmet reaches a high durability standard. Or, ask the sales representative at the store to tell you about the different characteristics of the helmet you want to buy.

Seeking compensation for emotional losses and suffering

Recovering from a car accident is not always as simple as undergoing treatment and attending physical therapy. For most victims, the recovery process is long and difficult, and often impacts every area of their lives.

Not only can a car accident leave a victim with mounting medical bills and weeks or months of lost income, it may also negatively affect the personal life of a victim in ways they may not expect. It is not easy to calculate the practical value of these losses, known as non-economic damages, but the law does acknowledge that these losses are legitimate as long as the victim demonstrates their effects clearly.

Your right to take action after a fatal Louisiana car crash

After someone you love dies in a car accident, your legal rights are likely the farthest thing from your mind. Most of your mental and emotional energy will likely go toward getting through the stress of arranging a funeral and learning how to live without someone you love.

However, it is important for you and for any other members of your family that you do spend some time exploring your legal rights under Louisiana law. Your loved one would surely not want your family to suffer as a result of their passing. More importantly, you and anyone else in your family can likely achieve closure if the courts award you some kind of justice.

Worldwide study shows auto accident statistics are stagnant


Motor vehicle accidents are such a prominent problem in Baton Rouge, throughout Louisiana and around the world that it is imperative to pay attention to research on the subject. For those who are in a crash and suffer personal injury, they will understand the life changes they will experience as a result. When a family has lost a loved one, they too will be confronted with short and long-range issues that must be addressed.

According to a World Health Organization report, the number of road fatalities has been rising. In 2016, there were around 1.35 million road deaths around the world. This is problematic as there is a goal of lowering the number of such deaths by 50 percent by 2020. Since the study is worldwide, it also found that U.S. roads are two times as dangerous as Canadian roads. For Group of Seven nations, the danger is quadruple that of U.S. counterparts. The WHO says that traffic accidents are the most common reason for fatalities of young adults and children. The victims are predominately males and more vulnerable people, such as bicycle riders, pedestrians and those on motorcycles.

Pedestrian-car accident risk high on LSU campus


Pedestrians are always at risk of being injured in a car accident in Baton Rouge and across Louisiana. Today, drivers are either in a rush to get from one place to the other and ignore basic traffic laws and safety procedures, or are distracted behind the wheel. Accidents happen due to these issues every day. One place where people are supposed to be safe, however, is a college campus and near schools. Unfortunately, the number of vehicle-pedestrian accidents on school grounds is worrisome. This is especially true for Louisiana State University.

Statistics and anecdotal evidence shows how dangerous the LSU campus is to pedestrians. In the past five years, there have been 41 pedestrian-motor vehicle accidents. In four of those accidents, the pedestrians had catastrophic injuries that left them incapacitated. One woman was put into a coma after she had spinal injuries in an accident, and it lasted for two weeks. One woman was in a crosswalk heading to class when a vehicle went onto the sidewalk and crashed into her. She suffered brain injuries that impacted her memory, and she also suffered a broken ankle and a sprained ankle. She needed to spend six weeks in a wheelchair and leave school. Of the 41 incidents, 15 pedestrians suffered injuries. The rest were unhurt.

Vehicle exiting private driveway sparks fatal motorcycle accident


Motorcyclists in Baton Rouge will have many things to think about as they take to the road. Other drivers might not be as cautious and conscientious as they should be with motorcyclists sharing the road, there can be road hazards and a crash can cause serious injuries and death simply because of rider vulnerability. One of the biggest risks that a motorcyclist can face is when a vehicle is exiting a driveway and enters the motorcycle's path. There is a split-second for the rider to avoid an accident and they often fail. When there is a motorcycle accident of this kind, the aftermath can be terrible, making it necessary to consider a lawsuit.

According to a recent report, a motorcycle rider was in a crash with an SUV drove into his path. He died as a result. The accident occurred at around 7:30 p.m. when the 24-year-old rider was heading west. The SUV, a 2003 Ford Explorer, was exiting a private driveway and there was a collision. Emergency service was called and the man was declared dead at the site of the accident. The investigation is continuing.

Failure to yield leads to auto accident that injures deputy


Usually, it is Baton Rouge law enforcement officers who arrive at an accident scene to help those who have been in an auto accident and might have suffered injuries. What is easily forgotten, however, is that law enforcement vehicles are on the road just like any other vehicle and are vulnerable to the same dangers that everyone else is. A reckless driver, a negligent driver, a driver who is under the influence or a driver who simply does not follow the rules of the road can crash into a police cruiser just as easily as it can hit any other vehicle. When there is a crash, law enforcement officers can suffer injuries. They too can seek compensation in a legal filing after a crash.

According to a recent report, a car accident between a civilian's vehicle and a deputy's cruiser led to the deputy suffering injuries. The accident happened at approximately 5:45 p.m. It was at an intersection and the civilian driver is believed to have failed to yield. The sheriff's cruiser was hit and he was taken to the hospital. His injuries were not reported as life-threatening. The deputy was heading to the site of another accident and was going through the intersection at the time of the crash. The investigation is ongoing.

Spate of motorcycle accident deaths sparks focus on safety


Most drivers are aware of motorcyclists and make certain to share the road with them so everyone remains safe. Behaviors that improve safety include keeping an eye on them when they are in the vicinity, making sure to yield when it is required and giving them room on the road. However, motorcycle accidents still happen, in part because drivers of conventional vehicles are guilty of motorcycle unawareness, distracted driving recklessness and more.

Because motorcyclists are so vulnerable, serious injuries can happen with long-term consequences. In the worst cases, there is a fatality. There has been a recent run of motorcycle crashes in the area and a group is trying to bring these issues to light to improve safety. Their actions came about because of four fatalities in the previous two weeks before their efforts became public.

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