While driving on the street, Louisiana residents have a responsibility to conform to the standards of conduct that are required of them by law. For example, stopping at a red light or stop sign and yielding to oncoming traffic-these rules are in place to protect the wellbeing of everyone on the roadways and when these codes are not violated, a devastating crash can result.
There are many rules of the road that must be respected in order to keep the roadways safe for everyone on them. These laws include stopping at a red light or stop sign, driving within the posted speed limit and yielding to oncoming traffic at the appropriate junction. Now that school is back in session, traffic laws also require specific driving behavior around school zones and behind school buses. This includes stopping an appropriate distance behind a halted school bus, as there are children getting on or off the bus at that time. This ensures the safety of the children.
When someone is injured in a car crash, they often want to put their crash and their injuries behind them as soon as possible. Unfortunately, this is not always possible-physical injuries take time to heal and emotional scars can take even longer. In the process, the medical bills required to mend both can pile up and end up overwhelming an accident victim. If he or she is the breadwinner of the family, the pressure to make ends meet might make a bad situation worse and cause someone to accept a settlement that they do not deserve. Especially when corporations with big pockets and insurance companies with limitless companies are able to draft legalese that a lay person may not fully understand and drag their feet in the process, accident victims find themselves suffering even more needlessly.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.