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Is my injury covered by workers' compensation?

Depending on your job or place of work, injuries may be fairly common. However, even though some jobs are more likely to put workers at risk than others, every job comes with some level of risk. In order to make sure that employees who are injured on the job are not simply left with large medical bills and no way to earn a wage, states created workers' compensation benefits.

Family injured in Louisiana truck accident

A pregnant woman was recently airlifted to a hospital after an accident involving a garbage truck in Louisiana. Investigators state that the woman was in a sedan traveling southbound with her family when they struck a garbage truck that was turning left. The garbage truck was knocked over on to its side, while the sedan sustained serious damage to its engine compartment and passenger cabin. An investigation into the accident will be conducted.

Understanding product liability

If you have ever heard the legal term "product liability," you may have found yourself wondering what exactly it means. The phrase may sound strange or complicated, but the concept is actually quite simple and straightforward. In fact, many people probably know the concept of product liability, even if they do not know it by that name. It is an area of personal injury law that covers injuries suffered by individuals as a result of dangerous or defective products.

Teen dead after head-on collision in rainy weather

Lake Charles drivers may be interested in the story of a fatal car accident that may have been caused by inclement weather. Authorities are investigating the crash, which resulted in the death of a teenaged driver.

Around 5:30 p.m. on a rainy April 25, a 19-year-old Luling man was driving south on LA 3127 in St. James Parish. The man was driving a late model Chevrolet Camaro near the Ascension Parish Line when he attempted to pass three vehicles in front of him. A 51-year-old Reserve man was traveling north on the same road in a 2010 Dodge Ram, driving toward the oncoming Camaro. In an attempt to avoid the oncoming vehicle, the 19-year-old lost control of the car and began to spin. The older driver crashed into the Camaro, colliding with the driver's door.

Driving while drowsy a serious issue, some groups at higher risk

Louisiana drivers are likely aware that getting behind the wheel when they are tired can lead to auto accidents, but many may not appreciate how serious the risk is. Driver fatigue is the cause of a significant number of accidents and some groups may be more prone to do so than others.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, around 100,000 reported car accidents every year can be attributed to a driver that was fatigued. The consequences include $12.5 billion in monetary costs, more than 70,000 injuries and more than 1,500 people killed. These figures may be understated, according to reports, because it is inherently difficult to determine that fatigue or drowsiness was the cause of the crash. Lack of training in identifying drowsiness, lack of equipment to test for it and untrustworthy self-reporting all contribute to underreporting.

Distracted driving can occur within 2 seconds

A recent study conducted by the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety aims to remind drivers in Louisiana and across the nation that looking away from the roadway for even short periods can have devastating consequences. The amount of time that a driver can safely glance away from the roadway is up for debate. The Research Institute found that looking away for as little as two seconds can negatively impact safety. However, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration suggests that drivers limit glances away from the roadway to two seconds or less.

The Research Institute study attempts to clarify what is safe for drivers when it comes to distractions while driving. The report showed that the majority of experienced drivers who noticed a hazard in the roadway were unlikely to look for that hazard again after a short visual interruption. Most of those drivers weren't aware that they missed the hazard. Despite the mistake, 70 percent of these drivers considered their performance quality high.

Louisiana bikes may be affected by recall

Approximately 1 million bikes are being recalled due to a defect involving a quick release lever and its operation on bikes with a disc brake in the front. When the quick release mechanism opens past 180 degrees, it has become caught in the front disc brake, causing bikes to stop suddenly or become disengaged from the front wheel altogether. This recall impacts bikes sold in the United States and Canada between 2000 and 2015. Bikes with quick release mechanisms that do not open beyond 180 degrees are not included in the recall.

Three bike accidents that have apparently been caused by this particular mechanism combination have been reported. The incidents seem to have led to some serious rider injuries. According to the reports, the accidents caused fractures, face injuries and, in one case, paralysis. Riders operating bikes with the feature in question are advised to refrain from riding until the quick release has been replaced or until the bike has been inspected and cleared for safe use.

St. Mary Parish crash results in death of Louisiana man

On April 10, a crash involving a single vehicle resulted in the death of one man and the arrest of another. According to police, the driver of the vehicle failed to turn at a curve near Charenton. This caused the vehicle to enter into a ditch and collide with a culvert.

After the vehicle struck the culvert, it rolled over multiple times, throwing one of the passengers from the vehicle. A 20-year-old male who was riding as a passenger in the vehicle was not wearing his seat belt when the accident happened and was later pronounced dead at the scene.

Speedway accident injures 1, kills 1

Louisiana residents may have heard about a fatal wreck in Florida on April 12 at the Walt Disney World Speedway. According to the report, the high-speed accident claimed the life of a 36-year-old man and left another man injured.

Police stated that the accident happened when a 24-year-old man driving a Lamborghini at the amusement park's pay-for-play driving event suddenly swerved out of control, smashing the car into a section of the speedway's guardrail. In the crash, the driver was slightly injured; however, the male passenger in the vehicle suffered fatal injuries. First responders at the scene declared the passenger dead and transported the driver to Celebration Hospital where he was treated and released a short time later.

Safety tips for wet weather driving

Louisiana residents are likely aware that a wet road surface makes driving more hazardous, but they may not know that rain contributes to approximately 1.2 million traffic accidents each year around the country, according to the AAA. Reducing speed is probably the most important thing that drivers can do to improve wet weather safety, but there are a number of other steps that they can take to reduce their chances of being involved in an accident.

Many rear-end collisions are caused by drivers who follow the vehicle ahead too closely. While many are aware that the two second rule is often used to estimate the appropriate safe distance, they often do not understand that this distance should be doubled when it is raining. Wet brakes take longer to slow a car down, and tires have difficulty finding traction on slippery surfaces. Maintaining a safe distance also reduces sudden braking, which can easily lead to hydroplaning or a skid in wet conditions.

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