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Posted by on Apr 4, 2015 in Automobile Accidents, Deaths | 0 comments

Pedestrian Accidents in Louisiana

It’s an unfortunate reality that accidents are a rampant occurrence in roads across America. As the website of this lawyer puts it, car and other road accidents are among the leading causes of injury in the country. The data gathered by the United States Census Bureau supports this assertion. In the year 2009, there were about 10.8 million reported cases of motor vehicle accidents. A significant portion of reported car accidents involve pedestrian victims. In a separate report by the U.S. Department of Transportation, it was found that 4,743 pedestrians involved in car crashes have died in the year 2012. This alarming trend is also true worldwide. United Nations Road Safety Collaboration also reported that 22 percent of all international traffic fatalities involve pedestrians. In Louisiana, pedestrian accidents remain a growing problem. Louisiana State University’s Highway Safety Research Group projects that the year 2015 could see up to 1,281 pedestrian injuries and 95 fatalities. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, pedestrian accidents tend to be more common in highly populated areas. Considering that Louisiana is among the most populous states in the U.S., it’s easy to understand why pedestrian accidents remain a pressing issue. Despite its commonality, pedestrian accidents can be easily prevented. Among the most typical causes of these accidents include distracted driving, failure to yield at a stop sign or pedestrian cross walk, and over-speeding. The tragic reality is that most of these incidents are caused by recklessness and negligence on the part of the driver. If motorists are more careful about adhering to traffic rules and regulations, the growing number of pedestrian accidents could be diminished effectively. Pedestrian accidents may be caused by a careless mistake by the driver, but it could lead to devastating consequences for the victim. Injuries incurred from such accidents include concussions, spinal cord damage, and internal trauma. The only way pedestrians can be protected from such outcomes is by holding reckless motorists accountable for their actions. If you are a victim of pedestrian accident, know that you have the option to pursue just compensation. Don’t hesitate to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer in the Louisiana area to learn more about your legal avenues.

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Posted by on Jul 25, 2014 in Automobile Accidents | 0 comments

Personal Injury: Distracted Driving

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and other government and private organizations have always indicated and explained why car accidents are avoidable occurrences. Negligence, which leads to inattentiveness and/or recklessness, is always the number one reason why millions of drivers, motorcycle and bicycle riders, and pedestrians continue to be severely injured or killed on US roads; but negligence can easily be prevented. This very critical failure to ensure that nothing is amiss can lead: to a car manufacturer selling a defective vehicle or sub-standard vehicular parts; local government agencies or federal government channels in ensuring that US roads and bridges are well built, maintained and repaired if with defects; and, drivers violating traffic safety rules by drinking while under the influence of alcohol, overspeeding, driving recklessly, using a handheld phone while driving and allowing distractions to get the better of him/her while behind the wheel. There may only be a minor number of drivers who have driven through a red light, never slowed down or stopped where there are signs stating these, have made dangerous, improper overtakes, never used signal lights and/or tailgated another vehicle. But definitely, almost all drivers, whatever type of vehicle they handle, have been distracted while on the road. Distracted driving is characterized by the diversion of a driver’s attention from the road due to another activity. Some of these activities can be:

  • Texting
  • Eating
  • Conversing with a passenger
  • Grooming
  • Reading a map for directions
  • Using a navigation system
  • Watching a video
  • Adjusting a radio, CD player, or any portable electronic device

Driving distractions are so normal that a driver, most often than not, will never even realize that he/she is already being distracted. While driving, one’s attention should be focused just on the road – a rule that every driver knows, but which many only continue to know. Any distraction can endanger the driver, his/her passenger/s, pedestrians and all other motorists on the road. There are more than 3,000 deaths and about 400,000 injuries annually due to distracted driving, according to the NHTSA and CDC. Victims have the legal right to sue those liable for the accident, for the compensation that they deserve due to the harm they have been made to suffer. Negligence is the absence of care, leading to accidents which are definitely preventable. It wouldn’t hurt if one were to start caring for others.

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Posted by on Jul 21, 2014 in Automobile Accidents | 0 comments

Auto Accidents: Rollovers

Anyone who has worked very hard to finally afford his/her own vehicle (for the first time) would undoubtedly go through the experience of buying the vehicle with so much excitement; well, the person deserves it and it can be one form of rewarding oneself for the hard work.

When choosing a vehicle, however, one mistake that so many commit is focusing only on peripheral factors, like color, finish, brand, model, design and so forth. If an expert’s advice were to be solicited, the one sure thing he/she would recommend is a vehicle (whether a car, a pickup, an SUV, or any other type) that is safe.

One car safety feature that is now a standard in many vehicles, since August 2011, is the electronic stability control system (ESC), which was designed to give drivers greater vehicle control, lessening the possibility of road accidents, especially rollovers. The ESC is a very important feature particularly in SUVs since this type of vehicle is more susceptible to rolling over as its center of gravity is higher from the ground compared to a regular car.

Through the use of intelligent sensors, the ESC system is able to detect loss of vehicle control (like when the vehicle skids) and simultaneously applies an automatic brake to the appropriate wheel to put the vehicle back under the control of the driver. Tests have also showed that ESC effectively: corrects imminent understeering or oversteering; improves handling on gravel patches, like road shoulders; stabilizes the vehicle during sudden maneuvers, such as when making a sudden turn on sharp curves; and, improves traction on slippery and icy surfaces.

Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.® points out that safety on the road is dependent on different factors; there is driver behavior, repaired and well-maintained roads, vehicle and vehicle parts that meet government and industry standards, and environmental factors, which include weather condition. Thus, the beneficial aspects of ESC can be negated if these factors, especially driver behavior, are taken for granted. For it would be very unlikely for a driver to regain control of his/her vehicle, despite its being equipped with the ESC, if he/she were fatigued, distracted, intoxicated, tailgating, making reckless lane changes, or overspeeding. Likewise, driving on icy and slippery roads with worn out tires will not make ESC create the needed traction.

Rollover accidents have caused so many serious injuries, including back injuries, quadriplegia, paraplegia, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord damage and death. Sometimes, though, it can be hard to determine who the real liable party in a rollover accident is; it can the driver, the manufacturer of the vehicle or those responsible in maintaining the road. Massachusetts car accident lawyers would probably inform you that it can be very important to identify who the liable party is. Seeking compensation from this person can help you get back on your feet.

Some people may feel bad about suing an individual or company after an injury, worried that their lawsuit will bankrupt them. Actually, in some situations, payouts come from insurance companies. Having information on car insurance and accident liability can arm you to handle your accident in a way that is level-headed and successful.

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