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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.

Distracted driving could have caused your car accident injury

It is easy to imagine that a person could become distracted at some point when behind the wheel. Between kids in the backseat, a cell phone ringing off the hook or simply trying to multi-task while driving, it's a feasible thought. However, when distracted driving behavior becomes the cause of a car accident and the corresponding injuries, it's a very serious matter. Even looking away from the road for a moment could be the factor that caused a New Orleans car accident.

There has been much talk lately about distracted drivers and just what people are distracted by when they should be focusing on driving their vehicle. Much of the issue lies within technology with people texting, talking, playing music or even using social media while they are behind the wheel. These activities may seem harmless in the moment but in reality can be extremely dangerous for not only the driver of the vehicle, but the passengers and anyone in the nearby vicinity. In short, it could be the cause of car accident injury.

Louisiana proposes bill to slow down commercial trucks

With injuries and deaths on Louisiana roads continuing to happen everyday, the state has proposed a bill that they believe could increase the safety of people traveling in passenger vehicles. Semi trucks, commercial trucks and 18-wheelers are already subject to lots of laws and regulations that ensure they and those around them are safe. However, these rules and laws have failed to eliminate motor-vehicle injuries and deaths when they are involved in truck accidents. One proposed bill would require Louisiana truck drivers to slow down.

One of Louisiana's state representatives recently filed a bill that would require 18-wheelers to drive 10 miles under the posted speed limit on State highways. He explained that in Baton Rouge specifically, there seem to be a lot of accidents involving large trucks that cause delays and injuries or even death to others. For example, a nasty accident occurred in which a semi-truck rear-ended a dump truck resulted in the death of a woman and caused a man to be badly burned. The state representative thinks slowing down truck drivers could prevent incidences like these from occurring.

What points to driver negligence for motorcyclist's injuries?

Most motorcyclists today know the risks of driving a motorcycle. Everything equal, motorcyclists have a higher chance of being involved in an accident or even of being seriously injured or killed in the process. Motorcyclists have every right to continue to travel the way they do. There are certain types of motorcycle accidents that point to situations in which the motor-vehicle driver was negligent at the time of the crash.

One of those situations is if a motor vehicle fails to yield to a motorcyclist. For example, the motor vehicle driver is almost always negligent if he collides with a motor vehicle when taking a left hand turn, and fails to yield to oncoming traffic. While this choice is almost never intentional, this type of motorcycle accident does raise a red flag that the driver was either distracted or did not use due care to check for the motorcyclist before making the left-hand turn.

Truck driver could be responsible for LA truck accident injuries

When we think about people who operate heavy machinery, it is hoped above all else that these people value safety. Since heavy machinery can cause injury quickly and without prior warning, a safe and aware operator can have a profound affect on the outcome of a machine malfunction. This theory applies to those that operate semi-trucks or tractor-trailers. These are considered heavy machinery even though they are an everyday occurrence in the average person's day.

Truck accidents can be catastrophic to those it affects. There can be many reasons for a truck accident, but one of these potential causes behind a truck accident injury is a distracted truck driver. There are numerous ways a truck driver could become distracted but common causes include fatigue, inattention to speed and inability to keep track of the traffic around the rig. If a truck driver was not properly trained, it may be even easier for them to become distracted while driving the rig.

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