Posts tagged "Car Accidents"

The change to Daylight Savings Time means more drowsy drivers

When the time changes and you "spring forward" one hour, all the clocks in your life have to be reset, including your biological clock. Some police departments report as much as a 10 percent increase in vehicle crashes when Daylight Saving Time takes effect. The problem is that just a one-hour change in time can affect your sleep cycle and make you a drowsy driver.

Paying more attention to distracted driving

Louisiana residents probably know about the hazards of texting and driving; however, there are an array of other distractions that can take away the attention of a driver. More people now use their phones not just to talk or text but to play games and look at social media while driving.

Determining liability in a Louisiana car crash

Although it may sound counter-intuitive, it is possible for an individual to be liable for a car crash in which he or she was not the driver. One scenario involves loaning a car to someone who is known to be a poor driver or otherwise has a history or poor driving behavior. Both the person who caused the crash and the owner of the car may face legal action under what is called vicarious liability. 

Uninsured motorists and car accidents

As a responsible Louisiana driver, you know that having auto insurance is required. You may be unaware, however, that you might also have to cover incidents that weren't even your fault. Even if someone else is found to be liable for injuring you or causing your property damage, their lack of insurance or insufficient coverage terms could mean you end up having to pay out of pocket for the outcome. 

Louisiana woman files suit after accident with police officer

A woman filed a lawsuit against Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office on June 13 in the 24th Judicial District Court. The woman alleges that a police cruiser hit her Chevrolet Silverado on Jefferson Highway in July 2015. The suit says that her vehicle was in the right lane near Woodlawn Avenue when she was rear-ended in a crash that caused her to be injured. 

2 Louisiana car accident victims sue driver for negligence

On June 3, two people in Louisiana who were injured in a car accident last year filed alawsuit against the driver at fault. The individuals named the driver, the company that owns the car he was driving and three insurance companies as defendants. The two plaintiffs are seeking financial compensation for personal injury, but the exact amount that they are seeking was not reported.

Report ranks U.S. first among wealthy countries for fatal crashes

Louisiana residents may be interested in a recent report about fatal car accident statistics in the United States. On July 6, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that the U.S. has more road fatalities than any other high-income nation. Although fatal crashes in the U.S. have been declining since 2000, they haven't matched the declines seen in other wealthy countries. 

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