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Truck accident by alleged drunk driver injures 3 in Louisiana

Many motorists on Louisiana roads are often threatened by drivers who are under the influence of alcohol. Because the actions of a drunk driver are so unpredictable, it is often difficult to avoid collisions. While such a driver in a car poses huge risks to other road users, an intoxicated driver behind the wheel of an 18-wheeler can cause devastation in a truck accident.

A 27-year-old driver of an 18-wheeler was recently arrested at the scene of an accident that involved several cars. The Louisiana State Police reported that the driver of the truck failed to slow down when he was approaching a red light. He apparently crashed into the rears of two stationary vehicles at the red traffic light, and then collided head-on with a third car.

Students learn about the danger of a drunk driving accident

A recent project undertaken by a Louisiana senior has initiated a conversation among young drivers in her community about the dangers of drunk driving and other issues. The young lady decided, as part of a school project, to research the dangers of drunk driving, distracted driving and other behind-the-wheel issues that endanger young drivers and others sharing the roadways. Along with the Louisiana State Police, the student presented her findings with hopes that they would increase awareness, change driving habits and prevent a drunk driving accident.

Along with evidence on the dangers of drunk driving, she also talked with classmates about the dangers of distracted driving. While distractions behind the wheel are not new, the rise of cell phone use among teenagers has led to an increase in accidents. Studies have found that drivers who are texting often exhibit some of the same behaviors as those demonstrated by drunk drivers. 

Did aggressive driving cause your car accident?

There are many problems that plague American roadways, including texting and driving, distracted drivers and drunk driving. Aggressive driving is a serious problem that may lead to devastating car accidents, yet it does not receive the public attention merited by such a serious issue. Aggressive driving is frightening, unacceptable and may seem difficult to prove in the context of a civil claim.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), aggressive driving is defined as behavior and/or traffic violations that endanger other Louisiana drivers or property. Aggressive driving is not always synonymous with road rage, which is a blatant criminal act. Aggressive drivers may not intentionally display dangerous or malicious behavior behind the wheel, but they can be held financially liable for any damages caused by a car accident. 

Defective auto parts lead to payout for accident victims

Defective auto parts can cause serious accidents, injuries (or worse) and life-long repercussions. Auto manufacturers have a responsibility to build safe cars and are accountable when defective auto parts affect consumer safety. GM, one of the largest auto producers in the country, is currently paying out millions of dollars to victims and families after it was revealed that a faulty ignition switch was causing serious and fatal accidents. 

The lawsuits against the auto giant began after several accidents were reported, caused by the ignition malfunctioning while certain model vehicles were in use. Many of these accidents were fatal and still more resulted in serious injuries. At this point, GM has designated a fund for paying claims filed by victims. If any Louisiana reader has suffered from an ignition default accident, it is important to act quickly. A simple case evaluation can reveal if a claim may be vaible. 

Loss of companionship may be legitimate factor in civil claim

Loss of companionship and financial stress is a genuine source of concern for those who have lost a loved one in a fatal accident. The emotional impact of the death of a family member will last a lifetime and may include depression, psychological suffering and ongoing grief. These are the serious effects of loss of companionship and may be a relevant factor in a wrongful death claim for monetary damages.

Many accidents are caused by reckless and dangerous actions by Louisiana drivers. Drunk driving, texting behind the wheel and speeding are just some examples of the negligent behaviors that can cause serious injuries to others sharing the road. If the accident that claimed the life of your loved one was caused by any of the above factors, a wrongful death claim may be an option. 

Louisiana man facing drunk driving charges after fatal accident

A Louisiana man is facing criminal charges for drunk driving after a fatal accident. A man died due to severe brain trauma after the tractor he was driving was struck by another vehicle. He was driving the tractor after taking part in parades in Jefferson Parish shortly before the fatal accident. 

Louisiana law enforcement officials who investigated the accident determined that the driver who struck the tractor was responsible for the accident and that he was drunk at the time of the collision. After receiving treatment for minor injuries, he was then taken into police custody. The man was charged with vehicular homicide and driving while intoxicated. 

After a fatal accident, how long should you wait to file a claim?

After a fatal accident, there are many factors that can overwhelm the family left behind, including medical bills. If the fatal accident was caused by the actions of another driver, such as reckless or drunk driving, the family may consider a wrongful death claim to seek compensation for financial and emotional damages. While filing a civil claim is often a legitimate legal option, there are time limits dictated by Louisiana law that could affect the possibility of compensation. 

The statute of limitations is the amount of time that an individual or family has to file a civil claim. The actual length of time will differ on the details of the case, such as if the injured or deceased victim is a minor. Speaking with a personal injury attorney familiar with Louisiana laws will determine the amount of time available to a family, as well as identify the next steps that should be taken. 

The deadly impact of texting while driving in Louisiana

Louisiana drivers are well aware of the risk of texting while driving. Despite the statistics and campaigns encouraging drivers to put down their phones, distracted driving is still one of the leading causes of car accidents. Although texting while driving is a prevalent cause of many accidents, many victims and families are unaware that they could be eligible for financial compensation after an accident. 

Texting, talking on the phone or even surfing Facebook are some of the leading types of distracted driving. When the driver is engaging in these behaviors, the risk of an accident increases 23 times higher than if the driver was paying full attention to the roadway. When texting and driving results in serious injuries to others or claims the life of another motorist, the accident victim or the family of deceaaed victims may seek compensation for their financial and emotional pain and suffering. 

Lawsuit filed against law enforcement agency after car accident

A Louisiana man has filed a lawsuit against the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office after a car accident. The man alleges that one of the department's employees caused the car accident, which resulted in pain and suffering, disability and more. The injured man is seeking compensation for his expenses associated with the crash, including loss of income and emotional duress. 

The lawsuit states that the collision occurred when a police car failed to yield and made a left hand turn in front of him. The patrol car caused damage to the vehicle that the man needed for his exterminator business, which he claims affected his ability to work and make an income. The complaint states that the driver of the police car is completely to blame for the collision. 

Why you need legal help after a drunk driving accident

Have you been injured in a drunk driving accident, or has a drunk driver caused the death of a loved one? If so, you and your family could be eligible to pursue a claim for financial damages. Sadly, some Louisiana drunk driving accident victims never reach out for help, failing to realize that they have legal options.

Victims who have suffered physically, financially or emotionally after a drunk driving accident should reach out for assistance immediately. With the proper help, a victim may be able to recover the financial losses resulting from medical bills, lost pay from work, rehabilitation costs and other applicable damages. There is no excuse for drunk driving, and we strive to hold liable drivers deemed responsible for the damages that they caused through their careless actions. 

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