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What can be done after being injured in a hit-and-run?

There is a reason that there are so many traffic laws in Louisiana. They keep motorists safe, but they are effective only when people follow them. But, people routinely violate these laws and sometimes, car accidents occur as a result. In some accidents, people suffer injuries. That is why it is also a law that people have insurance and are required to stop and exchange information.

Unfortunately, people do not always follow this rule. These are commonly called, hit-and-run accidents. This leaves the victim in a difficult position because they may not know whom to contact to receive compensation for their injuries.

Who can initiate a wrongful death lawsuit in Louisiana?

Motor vehicles have been one of the more important inventions for people in Louisiana. The majority of people not only own motor vehicles, but also now rely on them to get through life. These use them to drive to work, school, go shopping, to visit family and friends and for many other tasks. This means that there are many vehicles on the roads every day, and unfortunately, there are also many accidents as well.

These accidents do not result in major damage or injuries, but sometimes, they are fatal accidents and people lose loved ones. This is never easy, but it can be even more difficult when it happens unexpectedly and in many instances, could have been avoided. In addition to the emotional pain caused by fatal accidents, it can also cause financial problems, if the victim provided a significant income for the family.

Drinking and boating can result in criminal charges and accidents

Many people in Louisiana own boats or know people who do. Boating can be a fun way to relax on the water for people of all ages. However, boats are not simply toys for people's amusement. They need to be controlled and driven correctly; otherwise, the boater is putting both themselves and others on the water in danger. That is why it can be dangerous to operate a boat while intoxicated.

Not only can it lead to boating accidents, it is also illegal and can lead to criminal charges. It is illegal for anyone over 21 to operate a boat with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) over .08, and it is illegal for anyone under 21 to operate a boat with a BAC over .02. If a person is caught doing so, they face up to six months in prison and a $1,000 fine. They could also lose their driver's license in addition to their ability to operate a boat as well.

Law proposes lower speed limits to prevent truck accidents

Understandably, Louisiana drivers must be aware of the dangers of large trucks on the road. These vehicles are frequently moving at high speed and travel long distances. Sometimes, a truck company has drivers who flout the laws and rules of operation. When there is a truck accident, their sheer size leads to significant injuries and fatalities. Law enforcement and legislators are constantly trying to find ways to reduce the danger of a trucking accident. One lawmaker is pushing a change to the law that would require vehicles above a certain size to reduce their speed by 10 mph when on the interstate.

The vehicles that are part of this proposed law are trucks, trailers, semi-trailers and school buses. The goal is to make the roads safer. The statistics for a truck accident do not make clear that this strategy will be an overall solution to the dangers of trucks on the road. The lawmaker who proposed the law is researching the link between speed and truck accidents.

Louisiana is second for prevalence of a distracted driver

Distracted driving is an issue across the nation and statistics are accumulated to determine how dangerous and common it truly is. A recent study has found that Louisiana is second in the U.S., in terms of drivers using their phones while driving. This information came via an app that lets its users see how frequently their family members are using their phones while driving.

Highway officials in the state say that the practice has reached the level of being a "dangerous epidemic." With April being Distracted Driving Awareness Month, drivers are warned to pay attention to the road. On average, Louisiana drivers use their phones 2.4 times each time they drive. This is approximately a 20 percent rise from the national average.

Fatal car accident claims life of Lafayette disc jockey

Nothing can prepare a Louisiana family for the unexpected death of a loved one in an accident. When it happens through, the negligence of another, it is even more difficult to confront. While any accident with a fatality will be tragic, they might be explainable as they happen because of the weather, due to a mishap at work or from another circumstance. However, a fatal accident that comes about because of another's irresponsibility, combined with the issues a family will face in its aftermath justifies a wrongful death case.

A fatal car accident that killed a popular Lafayette disc jockey resulted in the arrest of one man. The accident occurred at around 1:45 p.m. The man who was arrested, 24, is believed to have been speeding when he rear-ended the vehicle being driven by 28-year-old D.J., Brad Wedlock. Mr. Wedlock frequently used the stage name, "Brad Striker."

A distracted driver can sabotage attempts to drive defensively

Drivers in Louisiana and throughout the nation if not the entire world are cognizant of the dangers of encountering a distracted driver. With April having been designated Distracted Driving Awareness Month, the issue is coming to the forefront in new ways. It is an unfortunate reality that it does not take much effort to spot a fellow driver who is using his or her smartphone while behind the wheel. There are numerous ways to use a device that go beyond texting including searching for music, updating status on social media, taking pictures, taking videos and more. When there is a car accident, drivers must always have it in their minds that it might have been due to a driver not paying attention.

From 2014 to 2015, there was a rise in fatalities on the road. This was a reversal of a trend in which these accidents had been in decline for seven years. For 2016, the early numbers indicate that this is continuing. More people died on the highways in 2016 than they had in any year since 2008. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states that the highest percentage rise of fatal accidents that were deemed to have resulted from "human choice" came due to distracted driving.

Man killed in head-on truck accident in Louisiana

It is an unavoidable reality that Louisiana drivers will need to share the road with large trucks as they travel. For the most part, these trucks are operated safely and within the law with everyone from the truck company to the operator understanding that the vehicles can cause significant injury and death if there is a crash with a conventionally-sized vehicle. However, there are times when circumstances arise and there are truck accidents. These can happen for a variety of reasons. They might lead to severe injuries and, in a worst-case scenario, death. Those who have been affected by a truck accident must remember their rights to consider a legal filing for compensation.

A head-on crash between an 18-wheeler and a car led to the death of the car's driver. The accident occurred at around 7 a.m. as the truck went over the center line on the road and headed into traffic going in the opposite direction. It crashed into an Acura Integra. The 69-year-old driver of the Acura was killed. The truck driver, 27, attempted to flee the scene on foot. He was caught by a law enforcement officer and placed under arrest for vehicular homicide, fleeing the scene of a fatal crash, and driving on the wrong side of the road. The police investigation indicated that the truck driver was impaired. Toxicology tests are being conducted on the two drivers, but the man who died is not believed to have been under the influence.

Legal help in filing a boat injury claim based on the Jones Act

Since Louisiana has such a thriving maritime industry, there are certain protections that people who work as seamen have available to file a claim after injury. The Jones Act is in place so a lawsuit can be filed against an employer to receive higher compensation than what would be available under other laws. Maritime law allows workers in this industry to utilize the Jones Act. Alternatively referred to as the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, this lets a worker who was injured file a lawsuit against an employer for negligence while they were working.

This could be negligence stemming from the employer or another employee. The employer is obligated to have a safe working environment for employees, make certain the proper training has been given regarding safety, and the workers are given safety equipment. Under the Jones Act, a worker can seek compensation for pain and suffering, mental and emotional aftereffects and lost wages. Maritime workers have much more to gain under the Jones Act than they do under a workers' compensation insurance claim.

Head-on collision in Louisiana kills man, age 22

There are many reasons for an auto accident in Louisiana and all can lead to injuries and fatalities. When these car accidents occur, those who have been affected need to make sure that they understand their legal rights. An integral factor in any case involving a car accident is the investigation as to its cause. This is particularly important when there is a fatality and it is believed that there was impairment involved.

A head-on collision claimed the life of a 22-year-old man in an overnight crash. The incident happened at around 3:40 a.m. as a pickup truck being driven by a 21-year-old man went out of control and crossed the center line. It crashed into the northbound vehicle. The 22-year-old was wearing his seatbelt, but suffered severe injuries and died. The driver of the pickup and his 24-year-old passenger did not have their safety belts on, but suffered only minor injuries. Upon investigation, law enforcement conducted toxicology tests on the driver of the pickup. They are waiting for the results, but it is believed that he was driving under the influence.

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