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Representation matters following motor vehicle accidents

Car accidents frequently occur across the state of Louisiana every single day. If you've been injured in one or lost a loved one in such an incident, you know just how damaging this type of event can be on a person's life. Victims of motor vehicle accidents or -- in the event of fatality -- their surviving family members may be entitled to seek compensation for their losses. If you wish to do so, the qualifications and experience of the person or team you have representing you matters.

There are certain things you should look for before hiring a car accident attorney. The first, of course, is experience. You want legal counsel who has been around, who has a record of resolving cases like yours successfully and who has experience in the courtroom -- in the event your case goes to trial.

Louisiana wrongful death: Woman killed in truck accident

Fatal car accidents seem to happen all too often in the Lake Charles area. Recently, a woman lost her life when the driver of a wastewater truck lost control and the truck rolled on top of her vehicle. If negligence is suspected in this case, the victim's surviving family members may seek compensation for their losses by pursuing a wrongful death claim in civil court.

According to a recent news report, this particular incident occurred near the end of October on I-10 N. Frontage Road. The driver of the truck -- a 25-year-old male -- was traveling westbound when he crossed into oncoming traffic. In an attempt to correct course, he swerved back into the westbound lane but lost control of his vehicle. The truck ended up rolling on top of a small sedan, driven by a 58-year-old woman. She died at the scene, and a passenger in her vehicle suffered serious injuries and was transported to a hospital in Lafayette.

Louisiana wrongful death: Motorcyclist struck and killed

The driver responsible for hitting a motorcyclist has been cited for the event. According to Louisiana State Police, this crash occurred the morning of Oct. 17 in Baton Rouge. The victim, sadly, died in the collision. Her surviving family members may be entitled to pursue a wrongful death claim in an effort to seek compensation for their losses.

At around 6 a.m., a 40-year-old woman was operating her motorcycle westbound Siegen Lane. When she was going through the intersection at Perkins Road, an eastbound driver turned left and struck her. The woman was ejected from her vehicle and died at the scene.

Could old maritime law prevent loved ones from seeking relief?

In July, a duck boat accident in another state claimed the lives of 17 people. The surviving family members of the victims are trying to seek compensation for their losses, but an old maritime law may stand in their way. Louisiana residents and visitors to the state who have suffered maritime injuries or lost loved ones in maritime accidents may find themselves struggling to achieve compensation for their losses as well if this law is utilized in their cases.

According to a recent news article, the duck boat company cited an 1851 law that limits their monetary liability to the victims to the boat's value. The duck boat is considered a total loss, as it remains at the booting of Table Rock Lake. If the particular statute is controlling, this means that the company's financial liability should amount to $0. A judge has yet to rule on this.

Louisiana truck accidents: Train and truck collide

A train struck a semitrailer in Louisiana recently, killing one and leaving several others injured. This incident occurred in the afternoon of Oct. 10, in Amite. The truck driver died in the crash. Following truck accidents like this, victims may seek compensation for their losses by filing civil claims against all parties who may be held responsible.

Little information has been reported about this incident. For unknown reasons, the semitrailer was across the tracks at the Louisiana Highway 51 crossing. An Amtrak train carrying 98 passengers struck the truck. As previously stated, the truck driver died and several passengers suffered injuries in the wreck. While initial reports stated all injuries suffered were minor in nature, minor injuries can quickly turn into something serious without proper medical treatment.

Family in another state wins birth injury lawsuit

A family in another state recently won a substantial settlement in an injury/medical malpractice lawsuit. This case was all about a birth injury and holding the hospital and its staff responsible for the damage caused to a now 9-year-old boy. Parents in Louisiana with children who have suffered injuries during labor and delivery may, like this family, pursue compensation for their losses as well.

According to reports, the child in this case was born in 2009 after a normal, healthy pregnancy. Everything looked good up until the few hours before his delivery. Medical staff reportedly noticed drops in the child's heart rate, indicating the baby was in distress and not receiving adequate oxygen. Instead of performing a cesarean section immediately, the doctor and nurse on the case decided to wait it out. The child was born with significant brain damage as a result.

Can dashboard cameras help you in event of a car accident?

More and more motorists in Louisiana are turning to dash-cams, small video cameras that mount on the dashboard of your car.

The cameras record footage of your driving The camera records footage of your driving, with the hope of capturing accidents. But do they protect drivers from liability?

Louisiana motor vehicle accidents: Cyclist struck in Lake Charles

Police in Lake Charles were called to investigate a hit-and-run collision that left a cyclist injured. This event occurred Oct. 5, at approximately 7:30 p.m. In Louisiana, the drivers responsible for hit-and-run motor vehicle accidents are often found, and when they are the criminal and civil consequences that they will face can be quite severe.

According to a local news report, this accident took place at the Jerry Street and Country Club Road intersection. Witnesses claim that the cyclist and the driver of a compact vehicle were both traveling eastbound on Country Club Road when the vehicle hit the bike. The cyclist was transported to an area hospital for treatment of undisclosed injuries.

Will driver be held responsible for wrongful death of passengers?

A recent accident in Louisiana left two people dead and the driver who caused the collision injured. This incident occurred Oct. 7, in Baton Rouge. The question now remains, will the driver be held responsible for the wrongful death of the victims who just happened to be his passengers?

According to reports, at approximately 2 p.m., the driver of sedan crossed the center line on South Foster, near Pershing Drive, and collided with a tow truck head-on. The passenger in the front seat of the sedan died at the scene. A passenger in the back seat and the driver were taken to the hospital for treatment. Sadly, the second passenger died at the medical facility. The driver of the tow truck was uninjured in the wreck.

Maritime workers may experience repetitive stress injuries

Repetitive stress injuries can happen to anyone in any field of employment. Maritime workers in Louisiana are no exception here. The men and women in this line of work perform the same hard manual tasks daily and in doing so are doing a real number on their bodies.

What are repetitive stress injuries? They are injuries caused by performing the same movements over and over, day in and day out. It is damage to muscles, nerves, and tendons that slowly builds over time.

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