Law and Law Related Articles

Here is a collection of articles discussing important law topics relevant to our practice here at Charbonnet Law Firm.

Did you know that rideshare cars are commercial vehicles? Even though they’re personally owned, cars used to provide rides for Uber, Lyft or one or the other rideshare companies are commercial vehicles when they’re in service. In the decade since Uber launched its unique concept, we’ve grown quite comfortable with the notion of riding in… Read more

Accidents that involve rideshare vehicles can create as much confusion over financial responsibility as they do physical and mental damage. That’s even more true if you’re a driver for Uber, Lyft or other partners in the rideshare economy. Personal injury and wrongful death claims cost ridesharing services $13.24 billion each year, making it no surprise… Read more

In early December 2013, reported that a New Orleans jury had awarded $90.5 million in damages to the surviving family members of three people – two of them young children – killed in LaPlace when a semi-truck collision occured into their GMC Yukon. Reportedly, the driver of the large commercial truck attributed her actions… Read more

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently ruled that the victims in a drilling rig accident on a Louisiana waterway may seek “punitive” damages in their lawsuit against the company. The accident resulted in the death of one seaman and injuries to three others. Because the accident occurred on a barge… Read more

New Orleans now ranks among the cities with the most bicyclists. Sadly, the likelihood of a bicycle accident occurring in the area has increased significantly. Over the last decade, the number of people who commute via bicycle in New Orleans has increased markedly. With an estimated 6,100 bicyclists, New Orleans now ranks among the five… Read more

After suffering in an accident, victims may experience many different physical, emotional and cognitive consequences from possible brain injuries. When Louisiana victims suffer from a traumatic brain injury, the effects they experience will be very different from another person who sustains a similar injury. This is because, according to the Brain Injury Association of America,… Read more

Do you know what a “selfie” is? A selfie is a photo that a person takes of him or her self. These pictures are frequently uploaded to social media websites and accompanied with a hashtag, which contextualizes the backdrop of the photo. For example, a person might take a selfie at the zoo and attach… Read more

Recently, a commercial truck accident on the Louisiana-Texas border caused the roads to be closed down for a serious amount of time while officials cleaned up the damage. According to, the truck was carrying an oversized load and went off to the right side of the road. The cargo and truck together weighed almost… Read more

It can be hard for many senior citizens to admit driving isn’t as easy or as safe for them as it used to be. It can also be difficult for family members to tell their loved ones that they should no longer be driving. It might not be easy to break the news to an… Read more

The next time that your cellphone beeps or vibrates while you are driving on the highway, you might want to resist the temptation to read or answer the text message, because it could cost you. Louisiana State Troopers recently announced that their officers are out in full force to enforce the law against texting while… Read more

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the agency that is charged with regulating the trucking industry, has passed many regulations in the past that have improved safety on the roads by ensuring that truckers are getting sufficient rest each night. Research has consistently shown that truck drivers who spend too many hours on the… Read more

Living and coping with a brain injury can be challenging, but it’s something that many individuals in Orleans County and those throughout the rest of the country are forced to deal with. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1.7 million traumatic brain injuries occur as the result of an isolated injury or… Read more

Getting in a serious car accident is scary. It’s even harder when you find out that the person who hit you is an uninsured driver. If that driver can’t or won’t take responsibility for their actions, how are you supposed to pay for your medical bills, lost wages and other losses you suffered in the… Read more

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