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Louisiana car accident results in loss of life, charges pending

Traffic is not something that most people would consider to be pleasant or desirable. Not only is it inconvenient for those trying to travel on a schedule, but it can also be dangerous. As a driver, it is important to be aware of one's surroundings in order to be able to react in a timely and safe manner. However, that is not always the case, as evidenced in a recent Louisiana car accident.

As a 57-year-old driver was operating his truck along the Interstate early one Tuesday morning, he approached an area of congested traffic that resulted from an earlier crash. He attempted to swerve to the left to avoid striking the automobile in front of him but collided with another, causing that vehicle to slam into a third car and then an 18-wheeler. The driver of the pickup suffered minor injuries, as did the driver of the third vehicle involved; the driver of the 18-wheeler did not suffer any injury.

Drinking and driving possible cause of Louisiana truck accident

Many factors can lead to a motor vehicle accident, especially when the driver is distracted or impaired. Drinking and driving leaves people behind the wheel whose reaction times may not be what they should be as they attempt to navigate the roadways. A recent truck accident in Louisiana resulted in the injury of a motorcyclist.

A 50-year-old man was driving his tractor-trailer along the road one Friday night before he allegedly passed out behind the wheel. The truck veered out of control and off the street as it passed through an intersection. Before coming to a stop in a ditch, the tractor-trailer struck a motorcycle, sending the motorcyclist flying off of the bike and pinning the bike under the 18-wheeler's front tire.

Alleged DUI car accident fatal for 18-year-old helping friend

Many Louisiana residents have suffered injuries or worse in car accidents that were caused by the negligence of drunk drivers. One such alleged drunk driving car accident took the life of a teenager late on a recent Tuesday night. Blood sample results are pending for the driver who authorities say was intoxicated at the time of the fatal crash.

According to a preliminary accident report prepared by the Louisiana State Police, a 20-year-old driver was eastbound on LA 42 when the SUV she was driving developed mechanical problems. She reportedly activated the hazard lights; with her steering, her 18-year-old passenger attempted to push the SUV off the road surface. At that time, a 41-year-old driver in another vehicle was traveling in the same direction on LA 42. This driver smashed into the SUV, killing the young man who was pushing it.

Cross-over car crash kills 2, leaves child critically injured

When cross-over accidents occur, it is commonly difficult to determine why the driver crossed over the median, especially when the driver does not survive the collision. A child suffered critical injuries in a recent Louisiana car crash that left two other people dead. An accident report indicates that the fatal accident occurred in Plaquemines Parish shortly after midday on a recent Monday.

The sheriff's office reported that a 25-year-old driver and her son, age 4, were northbound on LA 23 when she crossed over into the northbound lanes. The reason for her crossing the median is yet unknown. A southbound vehicle was likely unable to avoid a collision, and the two vehicles met head-on.

Protecting the rights of those left behind after a fatal accident

The death of a loved brings many changes for a family, including the financial turmoil that often follows an unexpected loss. During the weeks and months following a fatal accident, family members may quickly find themselves overwhelmed by emotional hardships, often worsened by the financial impact of a sudden death. Fortunately, families of those killed by the negligent or reckless behavior of another party do not have to face these unfortunate circumstances alone. 

After a fatal accident, loved ones may face medical bills, end of life expenses and, if the deceased was a financial provider, the consequences of the loss of his or her income. Typically, insurance companies do not have the interests of grieving families in mind, and it can be difficult to know where to turn for financial relief. Louisiana laws provide options for those who have lost a loved one to seek recovery of their financial losses through a wrongful death claim. 

Motorcycle accident claims life of biker, charges may be looming

Riding a motorcycle down the highway is supposed to be relaxing, peaceful and beautiful. Motorcycling is often an excellent way to get to and from school or work with minimal cost. While the advantages of motorcycling are many, motorcycles can be extremely dangerous at times. In fact, when motorcycling becomes dangerous, it is not always the fault of the motorcyclist, which is a common misconception regarding motorcycle accidents. A driver who acts negligently on the road can easily cause a motorcycle accident, leaving a rider seriously injured or deceased, as was the case in a recent accident in Louisiana. 

In Vermilion Parish, a motorcyclist lost his life after colliding with another vehicle. The motorcyclist was a 35-year-old man from Lafayette. At the time of the crash, he was traveling on Louisiana 82.

National investigation of defective auto parts

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has increased the scope of a national investigation into faulty air bags and the number of American drivers affected. There are now two major airbag manufacturers under investigation, and vehicles affected may include Kia Optima and Chrysler Town and Country, among many more. Defective auto parts place drivers at a higher risk of car accidents and serious injuries. 

Takata Corp., one of the manufacturers already under investigation for distributing malfunctioning airbags, is under scrutiny from NHTSA. The company has already recalled over 33 million vehicles across the country, including in Louisiana. Vehicles that have been recalled were originally outfitted with airbags that could potentially explode and cause injury from metal pieces hitting occupants of the vehicle. Many major automakers have initiated recalls due to the serious nature of potential injuries. 

Fatal accident claims the life of a young Louisiana boy

A young boy lost his life after a tragic accident occurred while he riding a utility terrain vehicle. The driver, a 36-year-old man, was arrested for his involvement in the fatal accident. He was charged with vehicular homicide by Louisiana authorities, but he has since been released on bond.

The accident happened as the driver made a sharp turn. Due to the slippery ground, the vehicle flipped, resulting in the tragic death of the young boy. The criminal charges filed against the man could indicate that his negligent or reckless behavior may have contributed to the accident. 

High car accident number typical over a holiday weekend

Louisiana car accident numbers typically increase over the course of a holiday weekend. To counteract this, law enforcement officers are taking steps that are intended to encourage drivers to buckle up, not drink and drive and practice caution in order to prevent a car accident. There will be a larger-than-normal number of officers on the roads, monitoring traffic and arresting those suspected of drunk driving. 

Drunk drivers are a hazard to themselves and everyone else on the road. These drivers typically display dangerous behaviors that can include swerving, speeding up or slowing down erratically and running red lights. Sadly, the many individuals who suffer the consequences of this dangerous behavior are innocent drivers, passengers and even pedestrians. 

The rights of consumers endangered by defective auto parts

When a dangerous product is released to the public, it endangers innocent and unsuspecting consumers. If dangerous or defective auto parts cause accidents, injured drivers may not realize that they are victims and could be eligible for financial compensation. Auto manufacturers are responsible for warning drivers who may be at risk for problems related to a hazardous auto part.

Automakers that knowingly distribute, sell or promote dangerous parts can be held accountable for any damages sustained by those injured as a result. As Louisiana readers know, many defects are not discovered until a later date, at which point manufacturers may issue a recall to remove the dangerous parts. Drivers who are not notified of a potential hazard may be risk for injury, emotional trauma, financial loss or even death. 

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