Car accidents are a common occurrence in the Baton Rouge area. According to a recent report, this particular Louisiana city is actually one of the nation's most accident-prone cities. Why is that? What can victims of these accidents or -- in the event of fatality -- their surviving family members do in order to seek compensation for their losses?
Interstate 10 is considered one of the most dangerous roads in America. One section of it, though, located in the state of Louisiana, is particularly bad. So bad, in fact, that it has been named "Dead Man's Curve." Over the years, numerous motor vehicle accidents have happened in this spot; sadly, some have proved fatal.
Anyone who has been involved in a serious car accident knows just how damaging such an event can be. Along with any physical injuries, there are emotional and financial consequences one may not have expected. The cost of recovery and moving forward can be high. Unfortunately, if certain proposed laws are enacted, victims of motor vehicle accidents may not be able to get the compensation they need to truly cover their losses.
When involved in a car accident that is another person's fault, wanting to establish negligence is understandable. Proving negligence following motor vehicle accidents in Louisiana is not always the easiest of things to do. Certain elements have to exist in a case in order to establish negligence. Those elements will be the focus this week.
Louisiana police are in the process of investigating a crash that left one person dead and four others injured. This event occurred late in the morning of Nov. 5, in Calcasieu Parish. As is protocol following motor vehicle accidents like this, law enforcement authorities are looking into whether impairment was a factor in this incident.
Were you involved in a car accident recently? If so, you are probably coming to realize how much that event is going to cost you, and it might be more than you thought it would be. Victims of motor vehicle accidents not only find themselves out a lot of money -- due to medical bills, property repair or replacement, and lost wages, among other things -- they also suffer physically and sometimes emotionally, which can have an extremely negative impact on their lives. What insurance offers victims of motor vehicle accidents is often not enough. For this reason, it may be worth seeking relief by filing claims in a Louisiana civil court.
Driving under the influence and driving while intoxicated: these phrases often heard in Louisiana are typically tied to drunk drivers. However, not all impaired driving cases have to do with alcohol. Sadly, many have to do with drug abuse. Drug abuse and driving do not go well together, and this combination commonly leads to motor vehicle accidents. Were you injured, or did you lose a loved one in a collision with a drugged-up driver?
When involved in a car accident, even if it seemed like a minor event, it is normal to walk away feeling sore, particularly in the neck and back areas. This pain may go away in a short period of time, or one might find that it lingers and increases in severity as the hours, days and weeks go by. The simple truth of the matter is, victims of motor vehicle accidents often experience soft-tissue injuries that can cause long-term problems. Those in Louisiana who have suffered such damages may be entitled to seek compensation for their losses.
Following a car crash in which one was injured, physical limitations are a constant and often visual reminder of the event and how it affected one's life. What many people do not talk about are the emotional scars that motor vehicle accidents can have on their victims. These are often not seen by others, though their effects on victims can be significant and cause them notable losses. Thankfully, according to the laws of Louisiana, emotional damages may be compensable through a personal injury claim.
Road construction is commonly seen in Louisiana and many drivers are to the point where they go through it like it is no different than any other stretch of road. A prime example of this is the I -210 bridge construction in the Lake Charles area. Police say that an uptick in motor vehicle accidents on that stretch of road has been noticed -- some of them involving multiple automobiles.