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Understanding truck driver and truck company liability

Semi-truck traffic is common on the roadways in New Orleans. Victims of truck accidents are more likely to sustain serious injuries or be fatally injured in a truck accident than other types of accidents. The size disparity between semi-trucks and passenger vehicles can result in catastrophic injuries and accidents. Injuries that can be suffered in a truck accident can include brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, broken bones or soft tissue injuries which can have long-term consequences for victims.

The need to care for truck accident injuries and treat those injuries as victims focus on the recovery process following a truck accident can cause medical bills to accumulate at the same time the victim is also unable to work because of the injuries they have suffered in a truck accident. Fortunately, when victims have been harmed by a negligent truck driver or negligent truck company, legal resources may be available.

A look at distracted driving in Louisiana

Unfortunately, distracted driving contributes to a number of car accidents. From 2011 to 2015, 192 victims were killed, and 26,077 victims were injured in Louisiana in distraction-related car accidents. Victims of distracted driving-related car accidents can suffer serious damages, including injuries or death. As a result, a distracted driving-related car accident can have a significant impact on victims and their families.

While cell phone use and texting while driving are the most familiar and commonly known types of distraction, any activity that removes the driver's hands from the steering wheel, eyes from the roadway and the focus and attention from the roadway and the task of driving are considered distracted driving. Specific examples of distracted driving include cell phone use while driving; accessing the internet while driving; texting while driving; operating a navigation device or radio while driving; engaging with passengers while driving; or eating or grooming while driving, among other behaviors.

Truck logs are helpful to determine truck driver negligence

A Louisianan-trucking log is an important method of verifying that a truck driver is abiding by trucking regulations that are in place to help keep the driving public safe. Truck drivers spend long hours on the road and truck driver fatigue and lack of attention to the road, as a result can be a concern. Truck drivers are regulated by the United States Department of Transportation, which sets limits for the numbers of hours truck drivers can spend behind the wheel of a truck without a break.

Trucking log books are kept and used to verify that truck drivers are in compliance with the hours and rest break regulations they must follow. If a negligent driver has caused a truck accident, and a victim wishes to bring a claim for damages suffered in a truck accident, it may be possible to look to the trucking log.

Distracted driving should be taken seriously

Louisianan distracted driving is a serious concern on our roadways. It is important that victims of distracted driving accidents understand the protections available to them, if they have been injured in a distracted driving accident. Too many victims of distracted drivers, including motorcycle riders, suffer serious injuries and other types of harm because of the carelessness of a distracted driver.

A negligent distracted driver may be liable to compensate victims for their damages. Distracted driving includes engaging in any activity while driving that removes the driver's focus and attention from the roadway. It also includes manual distraction that removes the driver's hands from the wheel. All distracted driving is considered dangerous but texting while driving is considered especially dangerous because it removes the driver's focus, eyes and hands from the task of driving.

Driver of passenger vehicle blamed in fatal motorcycle accident

Motorcycle accidents can have a devastating impact on victims and their families. A recent New Orleans area fatal motorcycle accident claimed the life of a motorcycle rider. The fatal motorcycle accident involved two vehicles and motorcycle. According to authorities, an improper lane change was to blame for the fatal motorcycle accident. The motorcycle accident occurred when an SUV improperly changed lanes from the right lane to the right center lane, striking and killing the victim.

A 64-year-old man was riding the motorcycle. The impact of the motorcycle accident sent the victim into the left center lane and he was thrown from his motorcycle. The motorcycle rider was pronounced dead at the scene. The motorcycle continued down the roadway, striking a truck, but no additional injuries were reported.

Truck accidents can result in serious injuries to victims

Truck accidents are serious accidents that can cause catastrophic injuries and death to victims. Serious injuries that can result from truck accidents can include brain injuries and spinal cord and back injuries. Because of the size disparity of semi-trucks compared to passenger vehicles they share the roadways with, victims of truck accidents hit in a passenger vehicle are more likely to sustain serious injuries than in some other types of accidents.

Victims of truck accidents may have their lives turned upside down by brain injuries, spinal cord and back injuries, broken bone injuries or soft tissue injuries all sustained in a truck accident. Victims may be left unable to work as they receive medical expenses to treat their injuries that may begin to pile up. As a result, personal injury legal options are available to help victims of truck accidents recover compensation for medical expenses, lost ages and pain and suffering damages.

How New Orleans drivers can stay safe around motorcyclists

Like other parties of the country, New Orleans is the home to a lot of motorcyclists. Although Louisiana is thankfully a place where people can in most years ride motorcycles almost year round, riding a motorcycle is a particularly popular activity in the warmer summer months, and drivers need to be on the alert.

After all, motorcycle accident is likely to result in serious injuries since the motorcyclist is relatively unprotected and exposed to the impact of the wreck.

Brain injuries are common in car accidents

The brain is the most complex organ in the body. Scientists argue that the brain may be the most complex system on earth. Its importance for the human body cannot be understated. Although the skull protects the brain, it is still vulnerable to injuries. Traumatic brain injuries are not uncommon during car accidents. Each year throughout the United States, including the New Orleans, area, there are approximately 1.7 million documented traumatic brain injuries.

Brain injuries typically come in two types, open and closed. Open head injuries are physically more obvious and can be catastrophic. They include instances where the skull itself has been fractured. Closed injuries can be less obvious, but they are usually not any less severe. Brain swelling or blood clots inside the brain, typically resulting from the brain impacting the inside of the skull are common results of a closed head injury.

Understanding the dangers of trucks on the roads

The last thing anyone wants to think about when we hop in our cars and enter the roads is getting into an accident. Yet, as we all know, as careful and considerate on the roads we may be, we cannot account for the actions of other drivers on the road. Accidents happen. In most cases, accidents involving two cars is minor. But when trucks are involved, it is a whole different story.

Many of us may take trucks on the road for granted, but the reality is that trucks, with their large size and weight, can be incredibly dangerous on the roads. It is not uncommon for accidents involving trucks to lead to serious, catastrophic or even deadly injuries.

Investigate motorcycle accident to determine fault of auto driver

The saying goes, if you want something done right - you do it yourself. While this may be true of childhood chores, math homework and getting the kids ready for school, not everything can be done alone. That's why people have friends, family and other trusted people in their corner to help them when times get tough. Times definitely can get tough after suffering injuries in a motorcycle accident.

The sad truth is that many motorcycle accident injuries could have been prevented. Oftentimes, it is auto vehicle driver negligence that causes motorcycle accidents to happen in the first place. It's true that motorcycles are smaller than auto vehicles. However, they have the same right to safety on the road as does anyone else. If an auto vehicle driver wasn't paying attention and was the cause behind a motorcyclist's injuries, this is no excuse.

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