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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. 

Elderly couple dies in tragic truck accident

Recently in Slidell, an elderly couple lost their lives after a semi truck caused a serious accident. Louisiana law enforcement believes that the crash possibly occurred because of an error committed by the truck driver. Despite the fact that they were both wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash, the husband and wife both died at the scene of the truck accident

Louisiana law enforcement believes that the accident occurred because the truck driver failed to properly adjust his speed as he was approaching the smaller vehicle. The truck hit the back of the couple's vehicle, the impact pushing it into the median. The semi truck overturned and blocked one lane of traffic. 

Prison sentence for driver in fatal car accident

A Louisiana man was recently sentenced to four years in prison for his role in a fatal collision in the 9th Ward. The car accident, which took place about a year ago, took the life of a 49-year-old woman. The man was reportedly driving at speeds of about 100 miles per hour when he struck another vehicle. 

The woman was driving a smaller vehicle, and the force of the impact threw her car back about 80 feet. The woman died at the scene of the accident. Louisiana authorities originally charged the man with vehicular homicide, but later dropped the charges to negligent homicide. The defendant pleaded guilty to the charges and will serve the last year of his sentence on probation. 

Fatal accident caused by driver going the wrong way

Louisiana law enforcement reports that a car accident recently claimed the life of an 18-year-old driver. The deadly crash occurred as the driver of an SUV drove the wrong way down U.S. 90, causing a head-on collision with a pickup truck. The driver of the SUV sustained serious injuries in the fatal accident.

The pickup truck tried to avoid a collision by hitting the brakes, but the impact of the two vehicles was significant enough to cause debris to hit another vehicle. According to Louisiana law enforcement, the driver of the SUV is suspected of driving while impaired and may face criminal charges. Toxicology tests were done, but the results are not known at this time. 

Does texting while driving increase chances for an accident?

Just a decade ago, distracted driving was considered a minimal problem for Louisiana drivers and other motorists across the county. With the dramatic increase in cellphone use over the last 10 years, more drivers are distracted and likely to participate in risky behavior, including texting while driving and talking on the phone. Younger drivers are more prone to this type of distraction. 

While texting and driving is a significant issue, distracted driving is actually comprised of many different types of behavior. These include eating, talking to passengers, smoking and talking on the phone. In fact, one study suggested that drivers are more likely to be distracted by speaking with a passenger than by talking on the phone. 

Defective auto parts place consumers at risk of injury or death

Louisiana readers may have heard about the nationwide recall of certain vehicles due to issues with the airbags. The manufacturer of these airbags, Takata, is facing harsh public backlash due to the company's lack of cooperation with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and unwillingness to initiate a recall. At this point, it is believed that the recall for the defective auto parts affects more than 11 million vehicles. 

The airbags, which are found in Toyota, Nissan, Honda and many other types of vehicles, are made with ammonium nitrate. This compound is cheap and widely available but has proved to be unstable. There have have been many reports of these airbags exploding within vehicles, causing at least six deaths. While it is not definitively known what is causing these explosions, it could be related to a high amount of humidity. 

Motorcycle crash claims the life of one Louisiana man

A Louisiana man died from injuries sustained in a recent motor vehicle accident. The deceased was riding a motorcycle when a sports utility vehicle turned in front of him, causing the accident. The man was taken to a hospital for emergency treatment after the motorcycle crash, but he later died of his injuries. 

At this time, law enforcement officers have not filed any charges against the driver of the SUV. However, certain tests are still being run, and apparently toxicology tests were also administered after the accident. The driver may not face criminal charges for the accident, but it is still possible that he or she could be financially liable for the wrongful death of the biker. 

Why you should seek assistance after a truck accident

The trucking industry is a vital component of the American economy and one of the main ways that goods are transported across the country. Due to the high number of large trucks traveling alongside smaller vehicles, it is particularly important for truck drivers to be safe, vigilant and cautious. When these drivers are negligent or distracted, it can cause a devastating truck accident.

Louisiana readers may know that truckers are on the road for many hours at a time. Despite regulations limiting the amount of time a driver can be behind the wheel, many drivers are still fatigued. This can lead to poor decisions and lack of attentiveness. Because of the large size of a truck, just one mistake or one moment of distraction can inflict injury or cause a wrongful death in a crash.

Driver faces negligent homicide charges after fatal car accident

Under Louisiana laws, a driver who caused the death of another person in a vehicle accident in which it is determined that his or her use of drugs or alcohol contributed to the fatality may be charged with negligent homicide. A man was recently arrested and is now facing such a charge after his prior release on bail while toxicology results were pending. He was initially arrested at the scene of a February car accident that claimed the life of another driver.

According to the accident report prepared by Gonzales police, the 27-year-old man was traveling at approximately 90 mph on Interstate 10 West when he was distracted and smashed into the rear of an SUV that was going in the same direction. The impact apparently caused both vehicles to roll down an embankment. The SUV driver was partially ejected and died at the accident scene.

Man sentenced in Louisianna fatal accident withdrawals plea

A man who has already stood trial and was sentenced has been permitted by the court to withdrawal his guilty plea. The trial involved a 2013 fatal accident in Louisiana that took the lives of two passengers in a vehicle driven by a man who was then charged with vehicular homicide. In a rather uncommon turn of events, a judge recently allowed the man to withdraw his guilty plea and has granted him a new trial.

The accident took place two years ago, when the 37-year-old man was said to have steered the vehicle he was driving across the center lines of traffic. A 42-year-old female passenger in the front seat reportedly grabbed the wheel to correct the steering in an effort to avoid a sudden collision with a tractor trailer. The vehicle then veered off to the right and crashed into a tree on the roadside. Sadly, the woman and another passenger in the back seat were pronounced dead at the scene.

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