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Why do pickup trucks have a high chance of rolling over?

The convenience of driving a pickup truck is hard to pass up. You can fit just about anything in the back, and you’ll almost always be able to see above the car in front of you. Plus—whether you like it or not—your friends will always invite you over to help them move.

But the benefits also come with some risks. Pickup trucks are among the most likely vehicles to roll over while driving. You should know why—and what you should do to keep your tires on the road.

Joe Gaar recovers over $900,00 in settlement

Yesterday, May 14, 2019, Joe Gaar settled an offshore case for one of his client's that was hurt when the swing rope he was using, broke during a vessel transfer for a crew boat to an offshore platform. Mr. Gaar recovered over $900,000.00 for his client who injured his low back as a result of the accident. Call us if you or a friend or family member who's been hurt offshore, or on a vessel, tug, shrimp boat or anywhere near or on the water. We will maximize your recovery.

Motor vehicle accidents: 2 hurt in Lake Charles crash

In early May police were called to the scene of a two-vehicle car crash. Two people were hurt in the wreck, one of them reportedly suffered critical injuries. Victims of serious motor vehicle accidents like this one want to believe that insurance will take care of them and help them get back on their feet. The truth is, many Louisiana residents may need some assistance obtaining fair and full compensation for their losses.

According to reports, on May 5, the driver of a sedan failed to stop at a red light at the intersection of W. McNeese Street and Nelson Road and, as a result, struck an SUV. The force of the impact caused a passenger in the SUV to be ejected from the vehicle. She was critically injured and transported to a hospital for immediate treatment. The driver of the SUV was also hurt and taken to a medical facility for care. The current conditions of both victims are unknown.

Louisiana lawmakers considering hands-free cellphone bill

Car accidents happen all too often in Louisiana, some of them with fatal results. The sad reality is, most of these events are preventable. It is believed that cellphone use contributes to quite a few serious or fatal motor vehicle accidents. In an effort to save lives and prevent injury, lawmakers are currently considering a hands-free cellphone bill that would require people to use wireless systems if they wish to use their phones while driving.

At the beginning of May 2019, it was reported that the hands-free bill was moving to the House of Representatives for review. This bill has gained serious support from the public and law enforcement officers. Several lawmakers who have witnessed the dangers of using mobile devices while driving with their own eyes believe that this bill is desperately needed and long overdue.

Louisiana motor vehicle accidents: 1 killed, 2 injured in wreck

A two-vehicle car crash occurred on April 13 in Lake Charles, resulting in one person losing his life and two other individuals suffering injuries. Authorities believe that alcohol impairment contributed to this collision. When motor vehicle accidents are caused by drunk drivers, the victims or -- in the event of fatality -- surviving family members may be entitled to seek compensation by filing legal claims in a Louisiana civil court.

According to reports, at approximately 11:59 p.m., the driver of a pickup truck -- a 53-year-old male -- attempted a left-hand turn from southbound Gulf Highway onto Tank Farm Road. This truck was struck by a vehicle that was traveling in the northbound lane of Gulf Highway. The driver of the pickup suffered serious injuries in the wreck, as did his passenger. Sadly, a few days after the event, the passenger -- a 30-year-old male -- succumbed to his injuries. The driver of the northbound car was also hurt in the crash and was transported to the hospital with minor injuries.

New safety standards to prevent birth injury and death proposed

As wonderful as the United States is, and for all the technology and medical advances available here, it is amazing how many women suffer injuries or death due to problems during or after labor and delivery. New safety standards have been proposed that, if properly implemented, have the ability to save numerous families from the physical, financial and emotional trauma that often accompanies a birth injury or birth-related death. What are these new standards, and how will they help Louisiana families?

If passed, these new safety standards will require staff at birthing hospitals around the country to pay closer attention to mothers who suffer from high blood pressure and severe bleeding while in labor and postpartum. Why are they only focusing on these specific issues? It is believed that high blood pressure and hemorrhaging are the two leading, yet preventable, causes of maternal injury and death.

Did a car crash leave you with catastrophic injuries?

Auto collisions happen every single day on Louisiana roads. The vast majority of them are considered fairly minor in nature. There are those, though, that leave victims with catastrophic injuries -- injuries so bad that the victims' lives are forever changed. If you or a loved one have experienced such injuries in a motor vehicle accident that was the result of someone else's negligence, you may be entitled to seek compensation for your losses.

Not too many people know what it is like to live with an injury that totally alters their life. Amputations, disfigurement, paralysis -- these are all things that can affect a victim and his or her family emotionally, physically and financially, now and in the future. Medical treatments, therapies and rehabilitation are available to help those with these injuries, but they can only do so much -- one's quality of life will still be affected.

Louisiana wrongful death: Pedestrian killed by on-duty deputy

In early April, a story broke in Louisiana about an on-duty deputy striking a pedestrian, killing the victim. Authorities are still investigating this incident so not many details have been released; however, what information is out there may have the victim's family questioning if they have the right to seek compensation for their losses. Under certain circumstances, they may be entitled to file a wrongful death claim against the deputy, his department and anyone else potentially liable in this case. 

According to reports, the deputy -- a 20-year-old male -- was driving on LA 1 southbound around 1:30 a.m, on his way to collect a work-release inmate. When he was near Emily Drive, he hit a man allegedly walking in the street. The victim -- a 37-year-old male -- died from his injuries at the scene of the accident.

Lawmakers seeking mandatory drug testing after boating accidents

Louisiana is home to a number of waterways that residents and visitors to the state enjoy for recreational entertainment and various boating companies utilize for business. Every year, this state sees more than its fair share of boating accidents that leave victims seriously injured or worse. When serious boating accidents occur, it is not uncommon for investigators to check for operator impairment, yet the current laws in place limit what substances they can test for. Proposed law changes could fix that.

A state representative recently proposed extending the state's drug testing laws to make it a requirement to test for drug-related impairment following serious auto or boating accidents. As current laws stand, drug testing is typically only required following fatal accidents. This is a disservice to those who suffer injuries in collisions caused by individuals who choose to operate their vehicles while high on various drugs.

Louisiana motor vehicle accidents: Drunk driver hit pedestrians

On March 15, law enforcement officers in Louisiana were called to an auto-pedestrian crash that left one person with significant injuries. The driver responsible for this event is said to have been under the influence of an impairing substance at the time of the collision. When motor vehicle accidents are the result of impaired driving, victims may be entitled to pursue compensation for their losses through legal means.

According to a news report, a 38-year-old male was operating his vehicle on Perkins Road, at the 3700 block, when he somehow struck two pedestrians. One of the victims required immediate medical attention, having suffered injuries to his or her face, and was taken to an area hospital for treatment. Information about this individual's current condition has not been released to the public.

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