New Orleans Motor Vehicle Accident Law Blog

Car accidents and PTSD

Every time you climb into a vehicle, there exists some risk of an automobile accident. After all, in 2018, roughly 46 out of every 1,000 vehicles on Louisiana’s roadways ended up in a collision. While even minor car crashes can be stressful, some accidents cause drivers or passengers to develop post-traumatic stress disorder. 

Put simply, PTSD is a mental health condition that develops in individuals who experience some type of stressful or frightening event. How do you know the difference between anxiety and PTSD, though? When it comes to PTSD and automobile accidents, you may want to ask yourself the following questions: 

Frequently asked questions about uninsured driver accidents

Most people know the typical routine when they get into any kind of car accident, especially a minor one. After pulling over, you meet the other driver and exchange insurance information. Unfortunately, when one person lacks insurance, this simple routine can completely fall apart.

If the other driver in a car accident does not have coverage or drives off without pulling over, it can feel like you were left holding the bag. The situation is more common than you may think, and there are procedures to handle such a thing. Here are some questions you may have about the process.

Preventing wet weather accidents

If you have ever driven in the rain or on slick pavements in New Orleans, then you may already be aware of how treacherous slick driving conditions can get. Wet roads and changing travel conditions contribute to weather-related accidents that cause many injuries and deaths each year. 

Slower speeds and caution are necessary to navigate the roads safely when it is rainy and roads are slick with oil, water and other moist substances. Despite knowing this, some drivers disregard the dangers, putting themselves and others at risk of collisions that cause serious injuries and take lives. Here are a few considerations to keep in mind about wet weather conditions. 

The tragedy of backover crash fatalities

Thousands of children die each year when a vehicle driven by a family member backs over them. Driver's training classes rarely mention the blind zone behind a parked vehicle. Driving students look in their rearview mirror, check each side mirror and twist conscientiously to look over each shoulder for danger before putting a vehicle in reverse.

No one thinks about the toddler that may be playing behind the car, out of the driver's field of vision. The child may be in the family driveway or sitting on the concrete behind a neighbor's vehicle.

Understanding a whiplash injury

One of the most frequent injuries you could suffer in a Louisiana car crash, especially if the car behind you rear-ends yours, is that of whiplash. This type of injury occurs when your head and neck violently jerk forward and backward due to the impact of the crash. This sudden and violent motion causes damage to your neck’s nerves and tissues, often resulting in the following symptoms:

  • Severe pain in your neck
  • Severe pain in your upper back and/or shoulders
  • Substantial stiffness in your neck
  • Substantial decrease in the range of motion of your head and neck
  • Frequent headaches, often severe
  • Frequent numbness, tingling and/or weakness in your shoulders and/or arms

Obtaining a whiplash diagnosis

Warning: Hands-free is not risk-free

You see it every day as you drive Louisiana’s streets, roads and freeways. People using their cellphones while driving often seem to surround you. Per the National Safety Council, upwards of 100 people die every day across America in a motor vehicle accident due to distracted driving, of which cellphone usage forms a large part.

If you have heard that using hands-free technology while talking or texting on your cellphone when you drive will prevent you from being distracted, do not believe this urban legend. Just because you refrain from using your hands when you talk or text while driving does not mean that such activity does not distract you. It does. And this distraction puts you at high risk of becoming an accident victim yourself.

5 steps you should remember to take after a minor car crash

Even when you are involved in nothing more serious than a fender-bender or rear-end collision, the accident takes a toll on your nerves.

It may take a few moments for you to collect your thoughts and process what just happened. If you do not appear to have injuries and can think clearly again, here are five steps to take.

When and where most car accidents occur

Unfortunately, there is no way to completely prevent car crashes. There is always a possibility that you may get into a collision while driving, but there are also certain times and places that make you more vulnerable. 

Once you learn when and where motor vehicle accidents are more likely to occur, you can avoid these situations to stay safer. Here is what the data shows.

4 steps to take after a commercial vehicle accident

Driving around New Orleans is always a unique experience. While you can enjoy the architecture and scenery of the Crescent City, you also must watch out for tourists and out-of-town drivers. As you probably know, commercial vehicles are everywhere in the city. 

Most commercial drivers have additional training to help keep them safe behind the wheel. Still, commercial vehicle collisions in Louisiana are more common than you may think. If you sustain an injury in an accident with a commercial driver, you must seek medical treatment and protect your legal rights. Here are four steps to take after a commercial vehicle accident. 

Parking lot crashes are surprisingly common

You probably seldom have second thoughts about using a parking lot or a downtown parking garage. Every day, perhaps several times a day, you enter a parking lot. After you conclude your visit, you back out safely and drive home.

Your experience is typical for most Americans on most days; however, parking lots are not as safe as they appear. You might be shocked to know that for every five car accidents, one of them occurs in a parking lot.

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