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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. 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. 

Running a red light can have serious consequences

Traffic lights aren’t just an annoying nuisance in urban areas like New Orleans. They are there to keep people safe. Unfortunately, not all drivers respect traffic lights and when a light turns red, they decide to speed through instead of stopping.

The drivers who do this might use the excuse that they were running late and didn’t have time to stop and wait for the light to turn green. However, there is nothing that excuses putting other drivers, passengers and pedestrians at risk by running a red light. 

Actor's recovery coming along slowly after fatal truck accident

Back in June, we posted about the tragic semi-truck accident involving actor and comedian Tracy Morgan, who is best known for his roles on Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock.

The accident occurred when a Walmart tractor trailer failed to stop in slowed traffic and careened into the back of a limo-bus carrying Morgan and several colleagues. Morgan and others were seriously injured in the accident and Morgan’s friend and mentor, veteran comedian James "Jimmy Mack" McNair, was killed in the wreck.

Months later, an attorney for Morgan recently said the 45-year-old is still struggling with the physical and emotional damage he suffered in the accident. The star was released from a rehabilitation facility in mid-July and is continuing therapy in his home.

Morgan suffered several broken bones and ribs in the accident, which occurred on June 7 as the comedians were returning home from a comedy show on the East Coast. 

Who is at fault in a car accident?

This is a question that can be very straightforward or extremely complex depending on the facts surrounding the accident. In some cases, you might not care who was at fault in the accident, but your insurance company does, which is why it’s important to know how to find out.

According to FindLaw, one of the most basic ways to determine who was at fault for a car accident is reading the police report, if available. Typically, police officers write down what they see at accident scenes, including evidence that could be valuable to your case, such as the length of skid marks on the road.

Now that school is here, motorists urged to exercise caution

The countdown to the start of school has officially begun for children across the nation, meaning the familiar sights of yellow buses and cars lining up to drop off and pick up kids will resume shortly.

Of course, with this increased vehicle traffic comes an increased risk of pedestrian accidents involving children. Accordingly, law enforcement officials across the state of Louisiana are now reminding parents of the need to be extra vigilant when traveling in school zones and obey all applicable traffic laws.

Vigilance in school zones is truly nothing more than using common sense, as law enforcement are urging motorists to simply be aware of their surroundings -- don't focus on the radio, coffee cup, etc. -- and keep a close eye out for children dashing into the street, perfectly oblivious to the traffic dangers.

NHTSA often stalls when responding to safety concerns

This winter, General Motors launched a massive recall of millions of vehicles in the United States after it was revealed that faulty ignition switches were putting drivers in serious danger.

Following the recall and subsequent investigations into many fatal car accidents involving the defective recalls, GM was fiercely criticized and reprimanded for not addressing the safety issue sooner.