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Louisiana State University estimates crash rates down in 2014

No one wants to be involved in a car accident. Even a minor fender bender can be a hassle busy individuals don't have time for, and more serious collisions can derail a person's entire life. According to information published by Louisiana State University, overall non-commercial accident rates may be down in 2014 when compared to previous years.

The study used accident numbers from Sept. 2013 though Sept. 2014 to estimate crash rates for 2014. According to the estimates, injury crash rates for 2014 were 758 per every 100,000 registered vehicles, compared to 974 in 2009. Between 2009 and 2010, numbers fell almost every year, for a combined five-year reduction of around 22 percent.

Garbage truck sends vehicle over bridge in Louisiana

Back on Nov. 3, a garbage truck was involved in an accident on the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway that took the life of a construction worker. The driver of that truck has now been booked on multiple charges, including negligent homicide.

The truck was apparently going south on the causeway before the crash, and it ran into the back of a construction vehicle. The force of the impact caused the construction vehicle to go out of control and fall over the edge of the bridge into the water below. The vehicle was moving at the time of the crash, though it was going slowly.

The danger of toxins in your Louisiana workplace

Falls may be one of the top reasons that people are injured in the workplace in Louisiana, but they are by no means the only reason. Every year, workers report injuries stemming from many different sources, injuries including:

-- Loss of vision-- Spinal cord damage-- Neck and head injuries-- Loss of hearing-- Illness-- And much more

How dangerous is work on an offshore oil rig?

As residents of Louisiana know, working in the oil fields can be dangerous to individuals. However, the industry may not be as dangerous as many people nationwide believe.

According to a brief issued by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the combined oil, mining and quarry industries did not top the list for fatal accident numbers in 2013. As in other years, the construction industry topped that list, with 796 fatal workplace injuries and a fatal injury rate of 9.4 in 100,000.

Answers to common questions about workers' comp in Louisiana

In Louisiana, some common questions come up time and time again in regards to workers' compensation. It is quite important for you to know all about how this works, even before you need to utilize it, so that you can understand your rights. With that in mind, take a look at the following questions and answers.

When does the coverage start?

Maritime accidents may require a unique approach

Working accidents are common in the oilfield. From explosions to simple equipment malfunctions, the risks in such environments are certainly greater than for someone working in a traditional office. Another thing that differs for those working in the oilfield is the way compensation may be sought following an accident.

In most industries, workers' compensation covers an on-the-job accident. While this is sometimes true in the oilfield, a law related to maritime activities comes into play in some cases. The law is called the Jones Act. It was established to provide some legal assistance to workers who are injured in the course of jobs on a vessel or ship.

Driver in fatal New Orleans crash faces vehicular homicide charge

A 24-year-old man has been charged with vehicular homicide following a one-car accident in New Orleans shortly before 1 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 26. While the driver escaped with only minor injuries, his 25-year-old passenger was killed after being thrown from the car. He reportedly suffered blunt force trauma.

According to the New Orleans Police Department, the driver lost control of his vehicle and hit a pole on Magazine Street in New Orleans' Uptown section near the corner of Nashville Avenue. According to the arrest report, the damage to the car indicated that it was being driven "recklessly above the posted speed limit at the time of the crash."

Car accident involving U-turn kills 1 in Louisiana

Liability in car accidents is not always a cut-and-dry thing, making investigation and legal argument an important part of any personal injury case. One example of a car accident where liability may be in question occurred recently on a Louisiana road and involved a woman attempting to make a U-turn.

The incident occurred when an 80-year-old woman driving a 2013 Ford Explorer changed lanes in preparation for making a U-turn on a busy road. She moved from the right lane to the left lane of southbound traffic before slowing down to make the turn, say reports.

Do you still get workers' compensation after returning to work?

When an on-the-job injury means that you can no longer work in Louisiana, you may be given workers' compensation for the time that you miss. These payments will help to make up for any money that you are not getting while you are not working, though it is worth noting that you may only get partial payments, which may not be equal to 100 percent of the money that has been lost.

One of the biggest questions that people have about these payments is when they have to stop. If you go back to work, does that mean the end of the compensation?

Balanced Billing

The Louisiana Supreme Court recently ruled that a person insured under a health insurance plan may assert a private right of action for costs and attorney's fees against any hospital, clinic, or other health care provider that attempts to collect from the patient any amount in excess of the discounted rates for services and any co-payment or deductible. Under the Balance Billing Act, the health care provider must accept the discounted payment for services covered by any applicable health insurance, even if the patient was involved in a motor vehicle or other accident. 

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