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Fatal big rig crashes can have a host of causes

Many drivers choose to drive safely so that they can arrive at their destination in one piece and on time. When drivers aren't doing this, there is a chance that a fatal accident might occur. One of the big questions that comes up after a fatal accident is what led to the crash.

When one of the vehicles involved is an 18-wheeler, there are some special considerations that have to be factored in when trying to determine the cause of the crash. Here are some of the common causes of big rig crashes:

The 5 steps of loss with patient disfigurement

When a patient suffers with disfigurement, there are stages of loss he or she goes through. It's impossible for any patient to suffer such a severe injury without having to go through some realization of loss. The injury affects appearance, and that can change a person's entire life.

When a person is suffering following disfigurement, there could be signs of mental anguish, depression or other concerns. As the loved one of someone trying to understand life with a disfigurement, there are a few things you should know.

The basics of a personal injury claim

After a loved one has suffered a catastrophic injury, such as a motorcycle collision with a negligent driver, you may be trying to figure out the best way to pay for medical expenses, rehabilitation and possibly long-term care. After a wreck caused by someone else's recklessness, you might be able to take legal action.

Your loved one deserves proper care after suffering life-changing injuries. In order to get that care, you may need to pursue a personal injury claim. While your attorney will be your best source of information, it is important to understand the basics of personal injury law.

ATVs offer fun, but at the cost of serious risks

All terrain vehicles (ATVs) are a class of motorized vehicles that often get used for recreational purposes. Four-wheelers, snowmobiles, dirt bikes, three-wheelers and similar vehicles intended for off-road driving can exhilarate or injure. Some people, like farmers or Department of Natural Resources officers, may drive them as part of work. In colder regions, snowmobiles are critical to the ability to commute after a major snow storm. Most of the time, however, these vehicles get used as a means of entertainment or diversion. People ride them for the thrill of it, which can occasionally end poorly.

From 2013 to 2015, the most recent years with federal statistics available, the United State Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that at least 35 people in Louisiana died as the result of an ATV accident. Many more suffered serious injuries. While fear of an accident shouldn't keep you from enjoying your life, you should use caution when driving or riding on an ATV. Especially if your children or other minors will be riding or driving these vehicles, careful operation is critical to the safety of everyone involved.

Information to provide your lawyer after a pedestrian accident

Pedestrian accidents happen frequently in Lake Charles. These days -- with so many motorists distracted by cellphones -- pedestrians need to be more careful than ever.

Let's imagine for a moment that your child was walking home from school on a Thursday afternoon. Tragically, even though she was following the rules of the road and being careful to cross at a crosswalk, your daughter was hit by a distracted driver.

When it's unsafe to cross the street: 3 reasons for rise in pedestrian deaths

Crossing the street should not be a deadly affair. Unfortunately, the latest data from the Governor's Highway Safety Association shows that the simple act of getting across a street is more deadly now than it has been in years. Almost 6,000 pedestrians were fatally injured by car crashes in 2016. This is the highest number of pedestrian deaths reported in over twenty years and represents an 11 percent increase over the data from 2015.

Will You Recognize When Someone Is Drowning?

With summer months fast approaching, children and adults alike will soon try to take a break from the heat by visiting pools, ponds, rivers and other recreational swimming spots. As a casual onlooker, however, will you be able to recognize the signs of someone struggling to stay above water from harmless horse-play?

What are the physical signs of drowning?

Active drowning can begin within 20 seconds of a person showing the first signs of distress. It is unlikely that this person will be able to call for help. There are numerous other facts to remember, including:

  • Even if a drowning victim remains vertical in the water, he or she will not be able to move toward safety.
  • Once drowning has begun, he or she will likely lose arm control - thus, the victim will not be able to wave or otherwise signal for help.
  • Active drowning victims will typically only struggle on the surface for 20 to 60 seconds before being submerged.
  • As an instinctive reaction, active drowning victims will tilt their heads back so the mouth and nose are above water.

Proposed law would see lower speed limits for large trucks

Louisiana is a large state with a great variety of roadways that can make it very difficult for commercial truck drivers to maintain safety behind the wheel. Fortunately, Louisiana lawmakers take the dangers of commercial vehicle accidents very seriously, and regularly examine the law to find ways it might be altered to save lives.

Drugs On The Highway

While it's no secret that truck drivers are held to a higher standard of professionalism, the means used to achieve results can be disturbing. In the past, there was a commonly held belief that long-haul drivers were forced to use amphetamines to maintain a higher level of production. Staying awake all night to beat a tight deadline might require chemical aids. And while many drivers might rely on coffee, soda or energy drinks, still others might rely on illegal methods.

Ladder falls can create several kinds of liability

Ladder falls are a very common way that individuals can suffer very serious injuries. However, in many cases where private citizens slip and fall on ladders, determining who may hold legal liability (and more specifically what party may actually be able to pay for damages) can be very difficult. Often, a ladder fall may not qualify as a premises liability suit, and if it does, the suit may be against the estate of an individual, rather than against the individual's insurer. Of course, each case is different, and it is always wise to consult with an experienced attorney who understands the specific laws of Louisiana before moving forward.

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