December 2017 Archives

Drunk driving accident victims have legal rights

Just recently, this Baton Rouge personal injury legal blog discussed the very serious topic of drinking and driving. The post offered a brief overview of the many ways that alcohol may impact a person's ability to drive, from the way it may dull their reflexes and reaction time to the manner in which it inhibits their decision-making processes.

How does alcohol impact a person's ability to drive?

It is a scary sight to see on a Baton Rouge highway: a vehicle traveling too fast for traffic and conditions, swerving in and out of its lane, following too closely to other vehicles and passing with too little space in between it and other automobiles. A likely reason for the vehicle's erratic and dangerous actions is the condition of the driver, as when alcohol is in a driver's system, it can cause them to make these and other dangerous driving decisions.

Distracted drivers are as dangerous as drunk drivers

For years, we have known that drunk drivers present one of the biggest threats on the road. But now that texting is prevalent throughout society, drunk driving now has a rival. Some studies suggest that texting while driving is actually just as dangerous as driving while impaired.

Common carriers and the role of negligence in accidents

Many Baton Rouge residents use their personal vehicles to travel to the locations that they must visit. Whether it is for their daily commute to work, shuttling their kids to school or just getting to the store to purchase groceries they rely on their cars, trucks and SUVs to carry them where they need to go.

What role does negligence play in a car accident claim?

Generally, a Louisiana resident cannot sue another person if the other person owed them no duty of care and caused them no harm. In the personal injury context, a victim is considered a person who suffers due to the actions or omissions of another person and who should have been protected from the responsible party's conduct through the presence of a duty between the parties. It is usually when negligence is involved that civil legal claims may arise and victims may pursue their damages.

Drivers of commercial vehicles must hold special licenses

It is a rite of passage for most teenagers to obtain their driver's licenses. Most cannot wait to experience the freedom of getting behind the wheel of a car and taking off on their own. Each and every day, Baton Rouge teens earn the privilege of operating motor vehicles on Louisiana road and freeways.

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