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When is a distraction more than harmless fun?

What may seem like harmless fun can often take a turn for the worst when it takes place on the roadways. A simple distraction while behind the steering wheel, such as thinking about what needs to be bought at the grocery store or even turning around to speak to a person in the backseat, can take the driver's mind and eyes off the road for an unacceptable amount of time and turn their car into a dangerous weapon.

Car hits students on sidewalk, injuring four

The one place where people on the road expect to feel safe is on the sidewalk, especially one on a college campus. Generally, motorists driving by college campuses where students are milling about should go slowly and carefully-students may suddenly cross the road or may be passing by slowly, thus creating a dangerous situation.

Pain and suffering after a crash can be compensable

Readers of the Lafayette Personal Injury Law Blog who have become injured in a car accident caused by someone else's negligence may by now be aware that they can recover financial compensation for various costs associated with the incident, including wages lost due to the injury, medical bills and property damage. They may also know financial recovery is possible for pain and suffering, but not be entirely sure of what this claim entails.

Car accident results in one death and several injuries

Car accidents are the cause of many deaths and injuries throughout America, and Louisiana isn't immune. Our readers are probably familiar with seeing news coverage of serious accidents that occur on the daily commute, but some accidents can be especially devastating, with fatalities and multiple injuries involved.

What evidence should I collect for my personal injury case?

Even though it should be enough that a Louisiana resident has been injured in a car accident to receive compensation for his or her injuries, but this is unfortunately not the case. The accident victim has the burden of proof. This means they have to gather the evidence supporting their claim of negligence against the other driver and present it in a manner that demonstrates that they were responsible. The more evidence there is, the better the chances of getting a settlement to cover the property, physical and emotional damage done by the accident.

Do not get distracted from getting compensation

Last week's Louisiana post highlighted the dangers of distracted driving, an activity commonly practiced on roadways despite so much awareness being created around the hazard. As mentioned, teens are more likely to engage in the risky behavior, never considering the fact that a tragic accident can take place in the blink of an eye.

What are common distractions on the road?

As many experienced drivers may be aware, driving is a task that requires one's full attention. While driving, whether one's eyes or one's mind is engaged in an activity that does not involve driving, it can be a distraction that can result in a fatal car accident. In 2016 alone, 3,450 people died as a result of distracted driving. In 2015, almost 400,000 people were injured in a crash involving a distracted driver.

Tragic car accident kills two, orphaning their children

When one leaves their house, they expect that they will be going back to it when they have completed whatever task it was that they stepped out to do. In most circumstances, people return home unscathed, but in the instances when they do not because of a tragic car accident, it can leave devastating effects on family members. Frustration, confusion and sorrow are just some of the emotions that loved ones go through as they try to come to terms with their loss.

Self-driving car crash raises important liability issues

The advent of technology has brought with it many things thought impossible just a couple of years ago, including the age of self-driving cars. Companies that are testing their vehicles tout the use of technology, including the use of sensors that autonomous cars use to "see" the world around them. Darkness should not affect the technology's ability to detect objects in front of it, making the self-driving cars safer than human drivers in theory. Companies also ensure human drivers are sitting in the vehicles, while they are being tested, as a means of monitoring safety at all times.

Truck crashes into school bus, injuring a number of students

Being aware of changing road conditions is just one of the signs of a responsible and careful driver. Another important aspect of being a good driver is being aware of traffic laws, including those relating to speed limits and stopping near school buses. These laws are enacted for the safety of the children onboard, as they are usually getting on or off the bus at bus stops, and keeping a safe distance behind them ensures everyone's well-being. When someone does not adhere to these rules, catastrophic accidents can be the result.

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