New Orleans Motor Vehicle Accident Law Blog

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.

Intersections and car accidents

Car accidents are a reality for many motorists. Whether involved in them or a witness to them as they drive by, there is no denying how inconvenient, jarring and potentially life-altering motor vehicle accidents can be. They can occur anywhere at any time, especially at intersections. 

Accidents that happen at intersections often involve multiple vehicles. There is so much going on where roads meet that some motorists are unable to avoid crashing into other drivers, sometimes pedestrians, too. Not following the rules of the road and driving irresponsibly, recklessly and impaired are contributing factors and can mean the difference between life or death in serious car collisions.

Can you get compensation for an accident in a rental car?

Whether for a holiday or a business trip, you may be likely to rent a vehicle during your travels for various reasons. Rental companies can already be a nuisance to deal with, but this is especially true if you get into an accident while in your rental vehicle, even if it was not your fault.

You may wonder if you can still receive financial compensation in this situation. The answer is yes, though it can be more challenging due to the parties involved. These are some of the ways you may be able to obtain compensation.

What makes a car safe or dangerous?

If you turn on the TV, you do not have to watch very long before seeing an ad for a new car boasting all of the latest safety features. Every new car on the market seems to introduce some new safety innovation that the manufacturer claims will revolutionize driving as we know it. What is it that makes a car safe or dangerous? There are many possible answers.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration heads the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards that vehicle manufacturers must follow in the U.S. with the goal of preventing traffic accidents. Compliance with these and other general features may inform a car's overall safety, including the following three factors.

How does law enforcement determine fault in an accident?

It is human nature to resist admitting guilt in a contentious situation. Few situations are more contentious than a car accident, and indeed, it is common for both drivers involved to place blame on the other. For the driver who was not at fault, this can be an intensely stressful situation, but law enforcement will typically consider the crash and determine fault based on a few different criteria. The following are three factors that law enforcement take into consideration when assessing who is at fault in an auto accident. It is important to remember that insurance companies conduct separate investigations and may assign fault differently than law enforcement.


Most dangerous road in Louisiana

When you get behind the wheel, you are taking a risk regardless of where you are driving. Driving is often cited as the most dangerous form of transportation, when compared to flying or taking a train.

A U.S. Bureau of Transportation report noted that the chance of a car accident fatality for drivers comes in at 1 in 114, while for passengers the number is a bit less severe, at 1 in 654. In addition, each state has different rates of risk and hazard when it comes to their individual roadways.

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