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Motor vehicle accidents: The dangers of Bird scooters

At the very end of Nov. 2018, Bird scooters began showing up on Lafayette streets. You have probably seen them or people riding them. You may have even tried one out yourself. They are supposed to help people with limited mobility options get out and get to where they need to go with greater ease and in an affordable way. Unfortunately, these electric scooters are known to be dangerous and numerous individuals across the country have been injured in accidents involving these motor vehicles.

How do Bird scooters work? Before you can take one of these scooters, you have to reserve one on the company's website. A QR code will be sent to your smartphone, then you use that code to unlock the scooter and you are good to go. When you are done, you can leave it literally anywhere. Individuals who are contracted to charge the scooters will collect them at night, recharge the batteries and place them back on street corners for use the following day.

Truck accidents caused by truck drivers using cellphones

Louisiana residents see their fair share of commercial trucks on their roads every single day. They also see the drivers of these trucks using their cellphones. If such behavior results in truck accidents, the victims of these events or -- in the event of fatality -- their surviving family members may seek relief for their losses through legal means.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has set guidelines regarding cellphone use for commercial drivers. While they are allowed to use their phones, they have to do it in a certain way. According to the FMCSA, in order for a truck driver to use his or her cellphone:

  • It must be mounted within reach or in an easily accessible place in the vehicle.
  • It must have hands-free capability or single-button answer/call capabilities.
  • It cannot be held while driving.

What does "alternative therapy" mean?

No one wants to be injured on the job. But workplace injuries do happen. There are many ways to get hurt and work, and there are many paths to healing. 

When we get hurt the thing we want most is to get back our health. This may mean getting back to doing the things we did before the accident. For most of us it means being able to be fully present in our lives- to interact with our spouse and kids. 

Louisiana motor vehicle accidents: The cost of drunk driving

Another New Year's Eve has come and gone, and with it came a number of car accidents caused by drunk drivers. While it has not yet been reported how many drunk driving-related motor vehicle accidents happened between Dec. 30, 2018  and Jan. 1, 2019 in the entire state of Louisiana, it is safe to say there were quite a few. In the Lake Charles area, there were only two. 

A recent news article talked about the penalties associated with a driving while impaired conviction. It talked about the thousands of dollars one might pay in penalties and legal fees to fight a DWI charge. It talked about the time one might spend in substance abuse classes. Yes, the consequences associated with a DWI conviction can be severe.

Louisiana wrongful death: Man killed while crossing 3rd Avenue

Police in Lake Charles were called to investigate a pedestrian accident that occurred on the morning of Dec. 13. Sadly, the victim suffered critical injuries and did not survive long after the event. This individual's family may be entitled to seek compensation for their losses by filing a wrongful death claim against the driver responsible.

According to reports, the victim -- a 53-year-old male -- was crossing 3rd Avenue at roughly 6:30 a.m. when he was struck by a truck. Police say the man was in the crosswalk when he was hit. Emergency crews rushed the victim to the hospital with critical injuries. Sadly, he died two days later.

When a midwife's actions contribute to birth injury or death

When pregnant and preparing to bring a child into the world, the medical care a woman receives during her pregnancy and during labor and delivery matters. Not all women want the full hospital birthing experience. Some prefer home births or a least prefer to have a midwife rather than a doctor at the delivery. In Louisiana, can midwives be held responsible if their actions contribute to birth injury or infant death?

It was recently reported that a midwife in another state is facing civil claims for her alleged role in the injury and death of an infant. On Feb. 8, she was assisting a mother during a home birth that turned out to be more complicated than expected because the baby presented in a frank breech position. Instead of taking the mother to the hospital, they proceeded with the home delivery. The child suffered significant brain injuries during the delivery process and died days later. This case is just getting started and there is no information about what level of compensation the parents are seeking.

Louisiana motor vehicle accidents: Pedestrian hit by car

Police in Louisiana recently arrested the man that they say is responsible for striking a pedestrian with his car and leaving the accident scene. The victim survived the incident and was taken to a local hospital in critical condition. When pedestrians are injured in motor vehicle accidents, they may be entitled to seek compensation for their losses.

According to reports, a 36-year-old male was walking near Tiara Drive and Airport Road in Slidell when he was struck by a passing car. The driver -- a 65-year-old male -- failed to stop and left the victim lying unresponsive on the shoulder of the road. The victim's mother says that all of his ribs as well as his sternum were broken in the incident. He also suffered injuries to his head that caused his brain to swell. As of the latest report, the victim was in intensive care and on a ventilator.

The dangers of maritime work

Longshoremen and harbor workers work long hours, often in grueling conditions. There are so many potential hazards at their places of work that injuries happen quite frequently. In Louisiana, injured maritime workers may seek compensation for their losses through legal means.

Maritime workers often suffer injuries due to equipment failure or environmentally related illnesses. Commonly seen injuries often result from slip-and-fall accidents, excessive heavy lifting, falls and accidents involving heavy machinery. Fatalities in this line of work are also fairly common. Deaths occur following electrocutions, fires, explosions, drowning and equipment-related accidents -- among other events.

What is confirmation bias?

Perhaps the better question is why do people drink and drive or text and drive? People may give many answers to why they knowingly put their life and the lives of others at risk, but a big part of the reason people still do these dangerous things is due to confirmation bias. 

Confirmation bias happens when we see, read, hear or experience something that confirms what we already believe to be true. 

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

Police in Louisiana are in the process of investigating a crash that left one man dead and a woman seriously injured. This incident occurred Saturday, Nov. 24, in the Lake Charles area. If negligence contributes to motor vehicle accidents, victims or -- in the event of fatality -- their surviving family members may be entitled to seek compensation for their losses. This means, for this particular case, that depending on the cause of this crash, relief may be sought through legal means.

According to a news report, at roughly 9:50 p.m., a man was driving his SUV westbound on LA Hwy 8 when, for reasons unknown, he crossed the center line and struck a vehicle in the eastbound lane. The driver of the SUV suffered minor injuries in the event. The driver of the other car, a female, and her 22-year-old male passenger did not fare so well. She suffered serious injuries and was transported to an area hospital for treatment. Her passenger died in the wreck.

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