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New Orleans Motor Vehicle Accidents Law Blog

Many drivers still allowing their phone to distract them

Driving distractions can come in all manner of different shapes and sizes. One thing that can be a huge source of distraction for a driver is their smartphone. Today's cellphones can do all manner of different things. The downside to this is that the range of ways that phones can distract a driver is quite vast.

Sometimes, cellphone-related distracted driving leads to a driver causing an accident that leaves people seriously injured. Such injuries can sometimes leave victims in a serious financial quandary. Attorneys can assist victims of distracted drivers in exploring their options for pursuing compensation.

Tire blowouts can put 18-wheelers out of control

It is one of the most terrifying sights that can come before a driver when out on Louisiana's roads: an 18-wheeler in front of or near them going out of control. Given their massive size, avoiding colliding with an out-of-control truck, even when engaging in proper defensive driving, can be remarkably difficult. Thus, an 18-wheeler going out of control will often result in motor vehicle collisions.

Accidents caused by an out-of-control truck can leave individuals with serious injuries and some rather significant emotional scars. Our firm is dedicated to providing compassionate, skilled and results-oriented legal help to victims of such accidents. Among the things we can look into for such individuals are what was responsible for the accident and what legal avenues they can take for seeking compensation.

Too many drivers getting behind the wheel while drowsy

Drowsy driving can have some rather catastrophic consequences.

For one, it can result in traffic accidents which leave individuals significantly injured. According to a recent study, injuries occur in around one-third of motor vehicle collisions where drowsy driving is a factor.

What safety factors should be looked at when picking a bus company?

One transportation method that groups often use for trips is bus travel. When a person is planning a group bus trip, one of the biggest decisions that comes before them is which bus company to use. There are all manner of different things that a person may be looking at when trying to pick a bus company for a group trip, including: the prices of the various bus companies, the routes of the bus companies, what sort of amenities the companies' buses have and what the comfort level is of the companies' buses.

One thing it is vital for individuals to not lose sight of in the face of all these different considerations when picking a bus company is that one of the most important things when it comes to a bus trip is safety. The best bus trip is one where everyone makes it to their destination safely. Thus, when looking into bus companies for a group trip, it can be very important to do some research into the safety of the companies.

Many parents not talking to their teens about safe driving

Unsafe driving can take all different sorts of forms and can come from all different sorts of drivers. One class of drivers though that can be particularly prone to dangerous conduct out on the roads are teens, as they lack a lot of driving experience and don't always make the wisest of decisions. This may be why auto accident rates are so high among teens.

Given this, one would hope that parents would be doing everything they can to help encourage their teens to be safe drivers. This includes having discussions with their teens about safe driving.

Smartphones can distract drivers in many different ways

When a car accident occurs that causes individuals to suffer injuries, one thing that it can be especially important to look into is whether any of the involved drivers engaged in dangerous conduct that caused the accident to happen. As there are many different types of driver conduct that can be dangerous, such investigations can get tricky at times. Attorneys can help victims of auto crashes sort through the details of their accident to try to determine if any driver misconduct contributed to the accident.

One thing that it is dangerous for drivers to do when out on the roads is engage in distracted driving. One object that can be a major source of distraction for a driver is their smartphone.

Louisiana officials stress the importance of seatbelt usage

It’s no secret that seatbelts save lives. That’s why Louisiana officials were pleased to find out that seatbelt usage is on the rise in the state.

According to the state’s annual survey of seatbelt usage, 84.1 percent of drivers and front-seat passengers were wearing seatbelts in 2014, which is up nearly two percentage points from 2013’s survey results. 

We assist Louisiana clients in trucking accident lawsuits

It seems like every day there are new reports of accidents involving tractor trailers. But until one of these accidents affects your life of the life of someone you care about, it’s hard to understand how catastrophic these accidents can be.

The bottom line is that tractor-trailers are powerful and humungous, and they are no match for a regular car or truck. That’s why a collision between a car and a tractor-trailer is often fatal or results in life-threatening injuries. 

Does your student walk to school? Share these safety tips

School is back in session in Louisiana, which means that thousands of students from elementary school to college will be walking to and from school each day. If your child walks to and from school, you have probably worried about him or her being struck by a car -- and for good reason.

Pedestrian accidents are all too common in Louisiana, and they are often deadly. In fact, 4,280 pedestrians were killed after being struck by cars in the United States in 2010 alone, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Another 70,000 pedestrians were injured in accidents that same year. In the United States, a pedestrian is struck and killed by a car every 2 hours and injured every 8 minutes.

Drunk driving leads to thousands of deaths and injuries

The statistics are enough to shock most: Every 53 minutes, someone is killed in a drunk driving accident. Every 90 seconds, someone is injured in a drunk driving accident. In total, close to 10,000 people are killed every year due to drunk driving. 

These numbers all come from the national organization Mothers Against Drunk Drivers, or MADD, as the group is commonly called. Their main mission is to provide support to the victims of drunk driving, while also increasing the public awareness on just how serious an issue this really is.