Louisiana traffic rules are established and implemented to ensure the safety and security of the people on the road, including drivers, vehicle passengers and pedestrians. Careless driving not only puts the life of the driver in danger, but it also puts the lives of other drivers and passengers in danger as well.
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.
Car accidents happen for various reasons, including poorly maintained roads, debris-ridden roads or even traffic violations and excessive speeding by car drivers. Car accidents may result in fatalities, too. Louisiana authorities reported that nearly 49 percent of car accidents resulting in the death of a victim were caused by alcohol consumption.
A person involved in a car accident may not be in the correct state of mind to get all the details related to the accident to report to his or her insurance company. Louisiana State Police crash reports play an important part in the transmission of accident information. This accident report has details of all the people involved in the accident, as well as their addresses and insurance details which can be helpful if litigation is pursued by a victim for compensation.
Car accidents are on the rise in the U.S., including Louisiana. Although transportation and police departments conduct road safety awareness campaigns, not all accidents can be avoided. Therefore, the Highway Safety Research Group, working in conjuction with the Louisiana Transportation Department, has developed the LACRASH software.
Unfortunately, car accidents can occur in the blink of an eye and alter the lives of victims forever. A multi-car accident in a nearby community east of Lafayette recently left one driver dead. The three-car accident resulted in the death of a 19-year old man. The accident occurred when a pickup truck driven by a 27-year old man was headed north and crossed the median, entering the southbound lanes and striking another pickup truck. A passenger vehicle travelling behind the pickup truck that was hit was unable to avoid the accident and also struck the pickup truck from behind.
After a fatal traffic accident caused by a negligent driver, Louisiana families look to the police and the criminal courts to see that justice is done. However, the criminal justice system - despite its many strengths - is not necessarily the best place to see the needs of the victim's family are met.
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.
Some car collisions in which Louisiana residents are involved are straightforward, making it easy to identify a path to recovery for the damages and injuries sustained in the collision. Other times, car accidents can involve a number of parties and be extremely complicated.
There are a number of different individuals and entities that may be responsible and subject to liability for car accidents that occur on the roadways. In particular, a recently filed lawsuit demonstrates that even Louisiana police can be defendants in a lawsuit in which a plaintiff seeks to recover damages for injuries resulting from a car collision. Three Louisiana prisoners filed the lawsuit. It is against the Orleans Parish sheriff's office. The prisoners claim that they were injured in an accident while being transported by the police.