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August 2010 Archives

Tanker Truck Accident Closes Interstate With Chemical Spill

The collision of two trucks on Interstate 10 early Sunday morning resulted in a chemical spill that will have both east and westbound lanes of traffic closed until Wednesday. The crash reportedly occurred around 3:30 a.m. when a tanker truck collided with a passenger truck hauling a trailer. The tanker truck overturned and began spilling a hazardous chemical, isobutane, on the road.

Woman Killed When ATV Rolls Over on Louisiana Road

Two people were killed last weekend in unrelated motor vehicle accidents involving Yamaha Rhino ATVs. One accident occurred in the state of Washington where a 16-year-old boy rolled his vehicle after hitting a tire rut. He was able to call for help, but died before emergency responders could reach him.

Class Action Lawsuit Seeks Punitive Damages for Oil Spill

A class action lawsuit was recently filed in the U.S. District Court in New Orleans seeking punitive damages from BP, Transocean Ltd., Cameron International, and Halliburton in relation to the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Wrongful Death, Environmental Claims Transferred to N.O., Part 2

Previously, we talked about the recent decision by the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation to consolidate and transfer a number of oil spill and environmental contamination-related cases to the Eastern District of Louisiana. While the judges transferred most cases related to the BP spill, the stopped short of ordering all matters be transferred there.

Wrongful Death and Environmental Cases to be Heard in Louisiana

Many of the legal proceedings related to the BP/Transocean oil spill appear to be headed to a federal court in the Eastern District of Louisiana. In late July, a group of seven judges making up the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation met in Boise, Idaho, and decided that the most appropriate forum for the various lawsuits would be a federal court in New Orleans.

What Should You Do After a Car Accident?

Every year thousands of people are involved in motor vehicle accidents in Louisiana. While most accidents are relatively minor and may not involve any serious injuries, it is still important to know what to do in the event you are involved in an accident. There are numerous safety and insurance issues to consider after a collision, but you should also be aware of what is legally required of you after an accident.

Truck Accidents May be Preventable With Stability Control Systems

One of the most common types of accidents involving large trucks are rollovers. While all truck-related accidents are serious given a typical tractor-trailer's size and weight, rollovers can be especially dangerous because they tend to happen quickly and with little warning to the driver or to nearby motorists. Tanker trucks are especially susceptible to rollovers, because their cargo is liquid and can naturally shift quickly when taking corners.

Wrongful Death Settlement in Police Shooting Case

The town of Homer has agreed to settle a wrongful death suit and pay a total of $125,000 to the family of a man shot and killed in his home by two police officers last February. The death of 73-year-old Bernard Monroe Sr. had created national news and some unrest in and around Homer and Claiborne Parish as accusations were made about discriminatory police actions and possible racial bias in making arrests.

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