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Louisiana motor vehicle accidents: 2 hurt, 1 killed in crash

A recent car crash in Louisiana claimed one life and left two other people injured -- including the driver responsible. Motor vehicle accidents with such outcomes are difficult for friends and family to overcome. This wreck is particularly heartbreaking as the victims are all teenagers. 

According to reports, on the morning of April 9, three students from Northeast High School were in a vehicle on their way to school when the 19-year-old driver failed to stop at a stop sign. When the Honda Accord entered the intersection at Port-Hudson Pride Road and Plank Road, it was struck by a dump truck. The truck driver was okay, but all three teenagers were not properly restrained and suffered serious injuries. One of the teens -- a 14-year-old male -- later died at the hospital. 

Birth injury: things to know

When preparing to bring a new bundle of joy into the world, the last thing any parent in Louisiana or elsewhere wants to think about is everything that could go wrong. While, technically speaking, child birth is not a medical condition -- it is a natural event -- a number of problems can occur during the process that result in medical crisis for mom, baby or both. A birth injury can have serious -- if not fatal -- results. 

A birth injury is any physical injury that occurs during the birthing process. Believe it or not, birth injuries are very common -- most only causing temporary issues. Babies are more likely to suffer injury during the birthing process if:

  • They are too big
  • They are born prematurely
  • Labor is prolonged
  • They are born in breech position
  • A mother's pelvis is too small

Louisiana wrongful death: Couple killed in recent wreck

A Louisiana couple recently lost their lives in a crash in Baton Rouge. This incident occurred in the early morning hours of Sunday, April 8. Under certain circumstances, family members of the victims may be entitled to pursue a wrongful death claim against the driver believed responsible for the collision. 

According to a recent news report, a husband and wife -- ages 29 and 30 -- were traveling northbound on Sherwood Forest Boulevard and were going through an intersection when another car ran a red light and struck their vehicle. Sadly, both victims died before they could be transported for medical care. They are survived by two young children. 

Sleep apnea-related truck accidents

In order to operate commercial vehicles, drivers have to keep themselves medically in check. If they have disorders than may affect their ability to drive safely, those disorders must be treated if they wish to keep their commercial licenses. Sleep apnea is one such medical issue that is known to contribute to truck accidents. Louisiana residents who have suffered injuries or worse in collisions caused by truck drivers with this disorder may have legal recourse. 

Sleep apnea is, in short, disordered breathing during sleep. There are various types of sleep apnea, but they all cause the same things -- lack of oxygen and poor sleep. A person with this disorder may stop or struggle to breathe hundreds of times during the night, causing the brain to miss out on much needed oxygen and rest. This, of course, can cause a person to struggle to stay awake, focus or properly function during the day.

When Adrenaline Hurts

Adrenaline is a naturally occurring endorphin. It’s our body’s own pain medicine. It allows us to get to safety after being injured because it kills pain, for a short while.

The problem with adrenaline and car crashes is that after the shock of a crash we experience an adrenaline rush. And we don’t always get the pain signals right away.

Louisiana motor vehicle accidents: 2 injured in recent wreck

In the late afternoon of Thursday, April 5, two vehicles collided near the airport in Baton Rouge. Louisiana police are still in the process of determining what caused this wreck. Two people are said to have been injured in the incident. When motor vehicle accidents occur, victims may seek relief for their losses through legal means.

According to a recent news report, a grey sedan traveling northbound on Interstate 110 crossed the median into the southbound lanes and struck a pickup truck. Why this happened is still unknown. Two people were transported to the hospital by rescue workers. One individual is said to be in critical condition, and the other has been listed in serious condition. It is unclear of which vehicle these individuals were occupants.

Louisiana maritime law: common oil rig accidents

Quite a few Louisiana residents spend time working on oil rigs out in the Gulf of Mexico. There is good money to be made in these jobs. If the oil companies are doing everything right, working conditions should be good. Unfortunately, some find working conditions to be quite hazardous, and human error can occur, causing some workers to experience injury or even death. Maritime law protects these workers and their families should they need to seek compensation following an oil rig accident.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over a 10-year period, from 2003 to 2013, 1,189 gas and oil workers died in workplace accidents. The majority of those deaths -- two-thirds to be precise -- were from equipment-related accidents. The rest were related to explosions, fire, contact with hazardous materials, and slip-and-fall accidents. It is unclear how many workers suffered injuries in such accidents.

The link between birth injury and a child's mental health

During labor and delivery, things can happen that put the baby's health at risk. Sometimes, babies suffer injuries that can affect their lives forever. A recent study out of another country has actually linked a specific birth injury to mental health issues. Those in Louisiana whose children suffered brachial plexus injuries during the birth process may be interested in this study's findings.

According to researchers at Lund University -- which is located in Sweden -- children born with BPBI are more likely to suffer from mental illness when they hit their teenage years. Of roughly 600,000 children who were involved in this study, 1,600 of them who were born with BPBI required medications for mental illnesses -- mostly depression. Girls seemed more affected by this than boys. Socioeconomic status also seemed to play a role in their levels of depression.

Louisiana motor vehicle accidents: 1 hurt in recent wreck

Louisiana police, other rescue crews and clean up workers recently had a long day tending to a multi-vehicle accident that occurred on Interstate 10. A total of six automobiles were involved. As of the latest report, only one person suffered injuries. When motor vehicle accidents happen, victims may be entitled to compensation.

A six-vehicle pileup was reported to authorities the morning of Thursday, March 22. Two tractor-trailers are said to have been involved in the wreck which occurred on I-10 East near Duson. This incident caused significant traffic delays on both sides of the interstate. Authorities were able to have the scene cleared by the afternoon.

Common questions following truck accidents

Louisiana sees its fair share of accidents involving semitrailers and other commercial vehicles every year. Those who have been injured or lost loved ones in such incidents are likely to have a number of questions. Here are a few of the most commonly asked questions following truck accidents.

Question number one is: What does the law define as a commercial truck? A commercial truck is technically any vehicle hauling goods for a business or being used for business purposes. A few examples of commercial vehicles are tractor trailers, delivery vans, tankers and large freight trucks. These automobiles are larger than standard passenger cars and require the drivers to hold commercial driver's licenses.

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