You probably felt mixed emotions on the day your teen started driving. Not having to chauffeur your teen around town is certainly a welcomed change, but the thought of your child being severely injured in an accident is unbearable.
One woman was killed and two children were injured when their vehicle was rear-ended by a pickup truck on U.S. 165. According to NOLA, the collision occurred at around 12:10 p.m. when Rosa Ramirez, 40, slowed down to make a left turn. Her 2001 Pontiac Grand Am was rear-ended by a 2006 Chevrolet pickup driven by Jessie White, 31.
Many drivers are hesitant to file an uninsured motorist claim with their insurance company because they fear the increase in premiums. In the state of Louisiana, though, it is illegal for an insurance company to increase your premiums, charge an extra fee, refuse to renew your policy, or cancel your policy due to an accident that you did not cause. This law is outlined in Louisiana Revised Statute section 22:1284(A).
When individuals sustain serious injuries as the result of someone else’s reckless, malicious, or negligent behavior, they have the right to file a personal injury lawsuit and pursue compensation from the liable party. If the injuries are fatal, the victim’s loved ones may file a wrongful death claim on behalf of the deceased.
Confusion, depression, frustration—these are just a few emotions that you might feel after an accident. If you’ve experienced a collision before, you may already know that the shock and adrenaline can make it seem impossible to think clearly.
Louisiana is a pure comparative negligence state, which means that in wrongful death cases, the court will modify damage awards based on each party’s percentage of fault. The only exception to this rule is intentional tort cases, pursuant to Louisiana Laws Civil Code CC 2323.
It’s easy to underestimate the amount of damage a fall can cause until you experience one firsthand. The National Floor Safety Institute estimates that falls contribute to nearly 1 million emergency room visits every year.
The roads can be treacherous on drinking holidays such as Memorial Day weekend. In addition to drunk drivers, holiday traffic congestion increases the risk of crashing.
If you sustained serious injuries in a car accident that was not your fault, you probably expect the other driver’s insurance company to pay for your vehicle repairs, medical bills, and other damages. However, if your injuries are serious, the at-fault driver might not have enough coverage to pay for your losses.
Commercial truckers tend to be far more experienced behind the wheel than the average motorist, but no driver is immune to accidents. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, more than 3,850 people lost their lives in truck crashes in 2015. The vast majority of these fatalities were passenger vehicle occupants.