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July 2012 Archives

Fatal East Baton Rouge crash claims life of Clinton woman

Any car accident is a tragedy, but when someone is struck by a careless or reckless motorist, it makes it so much worse. When someone is seriously injured or, worse, killed by a driver who just drifted across the center line or smashed into the back of a stopped vehicle, Louisiana residents can file personal injury or wrongful death lawsuits, respectively. These lawsuits hold the driver responsible for his or her careless actions and ensure that the message is clear, that kind of driving is unacceptable in Louisiana.

Car accidents may be caused by road rage and texting while driving

A recent report by Career Builders details a study on how road rage may be caused by others who are simultaneously driving and texting. The findings in this 2012 report are similar to the results of a 2006 study. Greater public awareness of the results and recommendations of this widely circulated study may influence motorists' behavior and prevent a car accident, making roads safer.

Will product recall be enough to protect toddlers?

After a recent product recall, parents in New Iberia may be concerned that their toddlers could have been or may have been injured by a toddler-sized trampoline. The manufacturer of Little Jumpers Trampolines has recently said its trampolines are unsafe products and have asked anyone who has purchased the product, whether in Louisiana or in the rest of the country, to stop using the product and contact the manufacturer. It appears that the company will issue a replacement trampoline to those who have purchased the defective products.

Dangerous airline food causes injury, prompts safety concerns

Louisiana residents were lucky they were not injured in several recent Delta flights after a passenger was injured by a needle in his sandwich. Though this appears to be an intentional mishandling of food, there are people in Lake Charles and across Louisiana who have been accidentally injured by dangerous products, including dangerous food. It is true that many of the foods that end up injuring people were inadvertently tampered with, but that does not mean that injured consumers cannot hold manufacturers liable.

Louisiana seaman files maritime workplace injury lawsuit

Nearly one year ago, a Louisiana seaman was seriously injured while he was working for Noble Corp. and Noble Drilling Corp. off the shores of Louisiana. He said that he was trying to fix a hydraulic pump that was no longer working when he suffered a maritime workplace injury. Like any employee, seamen and other maritime workers have the right to safe workplaces. Though their jobs often require vigilance, they should not expect to be injured and, if they are, they can be held accountable under federal maritime law.

Three-vehicle crash kills Shreveport teen passenger

A 16-year-old girl from Shreveport died on the afternoon of July 6 after the car she was in was involved in a three-vehicle accident. She was a passenger in a 2003 Buick LeSabre driven by a 17-year-old girl who was also a Shreveport resident. The fatal accident took place just east of Louisiana Highway 157, on Interstate 20 at approximately 2:34 p.m.

Increase in dangerous product recalls may be overwhelming

Over the past several years, there has been a tremendous increase in the number of product recalls throughout Louisiana and across the country. As consumer safety becomes stricter, there has been a nearly 14 percent increase in the number of dangerous products taken off of shelves and returned to manufacturers. With the sheer volume of annual recalls, however, there are concerns that individual consumers are becoming numb to the message.

Shreveport police say more likely to be in car accident than crime

Shreveport police have been collecting their car crash statistics and have come to the conclusion that it is much more likely that Louisiana residents will be in a serious motor vehicle accident than being the victim of a violent crime. Since the beginning of the year, the Shreveport police have been twice as busy investigating fatal car accidents as they have been investigating homicides.

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