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Measuring the cost of a child's wrongful death

The death of a child in a motor vehicle accident is always a tragedy for the family and the community at large. When the accident was caused by the negligence of another person, Louisiana law allows the parents to bring a wrongful death lawsuit and recover monetary damages. But how does one calculate the financial cost of a child's death?

A boating accident can be as serious as any car accident

Louisiana's lakes and rivers are ideal for boating, waterskiing and fishing. At this time of year in particular, large numbers of people are spending time on the state's waterways in search of recreation and relaxation. Unfortunately, for those who are injured in a boating accident, a day on the water can turn into a lifetime of pain and disability.

What is the financial cost of fatal accidents on Louisiana roads?

Every year in the United States, more than 30,000 people lose their lives in motor vehicle accidents. Crashes involving motor vehicles are among the top 10 causes of death in the U.S. for people aged 54 and younger. In Louisiana, almost 750 people are killed annually in fatal road and highway accidents.

Research shows the realities of being a distracted driver

When there is an accident in Louisiana, one of the first issues that must be examined is its cause. One reason that car accidents occur is if there is a distracted driver. Although it is known that drivers face dangers due to a distracted drivers partaking in such behaviors as texting and driving, the actual statistics are even more worrisome. Those who have been involved in a car accident need to know how it happened should they decide that they would like to pursue compensation through a legal filing.

In a semi truck crash, those in smaller vehicles are most at risk

At any given hour of the day or night, large numbers of tractor-trailer trucks are barreling down Louisiana highways. These trucks are vital to the state's economy; they transport our raw materials and manufactured goods to where they are needed. And the trucking industry provides a lot of jobs in our state.

Safety advocates: call it a "car crash," not a "car accident"

A growing number of highway safety advocates are urging that Americans stop using the term "accident" to refer to motor vehicle crashes. They argue that using the word "accident" creates the impression that a crash was an unexpected occurrence for which no one was at fault. Instead of "accident," these safety advocates propose using the word, "crash."

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