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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. 

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. 

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