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March 2015 Archives

Louisiana teens may be multitasking while driving

Even minor multitasking while driving can cause a driver to be distracted, putting everyone in the vicinity at risk of harm. Teen drivers, in particular, may not recognize when their behavior behind the wheel could be dangerous. Though safety campaigns have raised awareness of the risks involved with texting and driving, a study shows that adolescents participate in other activities not necessarily mentioned in driver education courses that could cause car accidents.

Man arrested following fatal hit-and-run bicycle accident

According to authorities with the Louisiana State Troopers, a 28-year-old man was arrested and charged with multiple offenses following a fatal hit-and-run with a bicyclist. Reportedly, the accident occurred on March 21 around 8:00 p.m. in Terrytown on Louisiana Highway 428 at its intersection with Peter Street.

Motor vehicle crash on Louisiana 631 kills 1, injures 1

On March 19, a 39-year-old woman died in a motor vehicle crash around 7 a.m. on LA 631 in St. Charles Parish. The woman, who was a resident of Des Allemands, was driving a sedan eastbound when an SUV, traveling in the westbound lane, crossed the centerline and hit her vehicle.

Fine for Graco in car seat flaw case

Car seats are an essential piece of automobile safety equipment for families with young children. In Louisiana and other states, the law requires that all children under 4 years old ride in a seat with an internal harness. Car seat makers are expected to ensure the safety and smooth operation of their equipment, and when they become aware of a defect, alert customers promptly and issue a recall.

A Louisiana accident kills 1, injures another

A fatal accident occurred when an SUV struck a man and killed a woman walking in a private parking lot in Marrero on March 7. Louisiana state police stated that an evaluation of pending toxicology results could provide further insight as to what caused the 52-year-old male driver of the SUV to leave Highway 45 near Bourgeois Lane and enter the parking lot where the couple had been.

McNeil is fined $25 million for contaminated Tylenol

Residents of Louisiana, as well as around the country, may have bought liquid Children's Tylenol or Children's Motrin that was contaminated with metal particles. Prosecutors said McNeil Consumer Healthcare, part of Johnson & Johnson, knew about the contamination for almost a year yet failed to take the proper actions.

Car catches fire in crash that injured motorcyclist

Authorities report that a motorcyclist in Louisiana hit a car that turned in front of him, causing the motorcyclist to fly off of the bike. The motorcycle slid into a nearby car, damaging the gas tank and causing the vehicle to erupt in flames. The accident reportedly took place on March 2 around 7:15 a.m. in Metairie.

No FDA clearance for device linked to superbug

The sale of a medical instrument to hospitals around the nation might be effecting those in Louisiana and other states as the endoscopes made by Olympus Corporation are linked to the recent "superbug" that does not respond to antibiotics. It appears that the device was sold even though the manufacturer did not receive clearance from the Food and Drug Administration.

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