Every Louisiana resident should be aware of their responsibilities if a car accident is caused by their mistake or negligence. A little care on the part of the driver committing the accident can help save lives and minimize damages.
Truck accidents may lead to major destruction of property. And, owing to their large size, trucks cause greater injuries on impact as opposed to cars or other vehicles. Louisiana authorities have time and again initiated various awareness programs about the dangers associated with truck accidents and the need for safe driving.
Louisiana has comparative negligence laws in the state when addressing claims following an auto accident. This means that the fault of the driver in an accident can be assessed anywhere between zero to 100 percent. For instance, if there is a chain reaction of three cars involved in an accident, the first car could get 75 percent fault for the damage from the second car's insurance company, while the third car assumes 25 percent of the fault. This same rule would apply to all the vehicles involved in such a collision. However, this is not a default rule, and the situation can get complicated in certain car accidents.
Large trucks and tractor trailers are an essential part of the economy and perform important functions in towns and cities that smaller vehicles are not equipped to carry out. However, these large vehicles also pose several different risks to others on the roadway, including the drivers of other motor vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians. The weight, size and limited visibility creates a greater risk that a truck accident will occur and if it does, the damages are often more severe.
Many people may have heard the term "negligence" mentioned in relation to car accident liability or liability for other types of accidents that cause injury or death. Because liability for harm is based on negligence, some may wonder what negligence refers to. Negligence refers to the failure to use the ordinary amount of care a reasonable person would use in any particular circumstance to prevent harm to others.
Louisiana drivers must always exercise care in their actions, but this is especially true when they are sharing the roadway with children. Often times, drivers may be required to increase their care to avoid creating a dangerous situation that may lead to a collision.
Drivers and pedestrians each have rights and responsibilities when sharing roadways with each other. Since pedestrians typically sustain more severe injuries in accidents, drivers must be cognizant of their presence on the road. Negligent drivers that fail to do so subject themselves to significant liability.
Motorcycle riders are at a heightened risk of serious injury or even death when involved in car accidents. This is largely due to their smaller size and lack of safety features in comparison to other vehicles. It is therefore imperative that both motorcycle riders and drivers of other vehicles sharing the road must exercise the appropriate care when driving near each other.
Drivers must be attentive while operating their vehicle to ensure the safety of themselves and others. A failure to do so may result in an accident that causes serious injuries and significant financial liability for the violating driver.
Pedestrians are subject to more serious injuries than those in motor vehicles when involved in collisions due to their relative lack of protection and safety devices. As a result, pedestrians and drivers must be aware of the other's presence to prevent such collisions where possible.