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Death count rises from deadly air bags, so do recall numbers

If just the mention of Takata air bags doesn't send shivers up your spine you might want to check your pulse to see if you're still with us. For anyone in Louisiana who may be unaware, Takata Corp. is a Japanese company that has been a major supplier of motor vehicle safety belts and air bags for decades. Since 2004, some bags have been known to be defective.

Investigations indicate that the chemical used in the inflator system sometimes degrades to a point where, if a bag deploys, it could do so with such force that it literally sprays individuals in the passenger compartment with potentially deadly shrapnel. To date, federal regulators have linked at least 10 deaths and more than 100 injuries to this defective product. Nine of those deaths happened in the United States.

What are the mobile phone rules for commercial drivers?

By now, most people are aware that driving while texting is a dangerous act. Talking on the phone can be distracting while you drive, too. In some states, it's illegal to text and drive or to hold a phone and drive, but you may be able to drive and talk on the phone if you wear a Bluetooth or have a one-touch answering set up on your phone. Is that the way phone safety works for commercial drivers, too?

Can commercial drivers text and drive?

1 killed, 1 seriously hurt in crash on Christmas Eve

Car accidents don't always involve more than one vehicle, and even single-vehicle accidents can be deadly. Sometimes, single-vehicle accidents can involve several people and families. When the driver is intoxicated or distracted, he or she could be held accountable for any accident that takes place.

This accident shows the importance of safety when driving. Wearing a seatbelt and making sure to be sober before getting behind the wheel can save lives. If you're hurt in a crash like this one, your attorney may be able to help you get compensated by the negligent driver.

How is fault determined in car accidents?

Anyone who has had the responsibility of taking care of a couple of children for any extended period of time knows that sometimes accidents happen. Very often, when the mishap comes to light and the question of who is responsible is posed, the response is something like, "He did it." "No, she did it." It's always the other person's fault.

In such circumstances, resolving the dispute might be relatively easy. The chaperone, lacking clear evidence of fault, might hold both children responsible and make them both clean up the mess.

NTSB: It's time for broader drug tests on truck drivers

The rules and regulations that truck drivers are required to follow in order to have a license to ply their trade on the roads of Louisiana and the rest of the country are significant. Included among them is testing for a variety of drugs. But are they enough?

The National Transportation Safety Board doesn't think so and stated as much last month in reporting on what likely caused a tragic 2014 crash between a semitrailer truck and a bus carrying a Texas softball team home from a road trip. Four of the female players on that team died in the crash. A number of other victims suffered an array of injuries.

Motorcycle accident claim appears likely if video is any gauge

An old proverb goes two wrongs don't make a right. It's on the basis of that concept that enforcement of the law is something that is supposed to be left in the hands of duly appointed authorities. If everyone were to take matters into their own hands whenever they feel like it, it would be anarchy.

This comes to mind in light of a recent motorcycle accident that happened to be caught on video. It didn't occur in Louisiana, but it well could have, so we feel it merits being brought to the attention of our readers.

Must self-driving cars be programmed to kill?

Back in the 1960s, ads in comic book offered a vision of the future that imagined we all would be driving around Louisiana and the rest of the country in personal gyrocopters. Traffic congestion would be a thing of the past, unless of course you happened to be in the air.

As we all know, gyrocoptering is not as prevalent as had been predicted, cars and trucks still ply the roads. And behind the wheel of each one is a human being responsible for making sure the vehicles get from one place to another without causing any damage to property or injury to people. But to be human is to err, and when another person's negligence is to blame, he or she should expect to be held accountable.

What are common causes of commercial truck accidents?

Anyone who has been in a motor vehicle accident, whether it occurred in Louisiana or somewhere else, knows that they can happen in the blink of an eye. In the most fortunate of cases, the accident might result in little more than a dent and cause no physical harm. But if a large truck is involved, the chances are good that you'll be dealing with an accident with serious or fatal injury.

Law enforcement and insurance officials will confirm that the larger the truck, the greater the risk of debilitating injury. At the same time, it's also a fact that light personal cars and trucks outnumber the larger vehicles. That places a high level of responsibility on all parties to make sure that they stay properly focused and attentive to following the rules of the road. For example, something as seemingly minor as failing to signal intentions can be catastrophic.

Motorcyclists face unique issues when it comes to accidents

Anyone who rides motorcycles regularly in Louisiana knows that it can be unsafe. But the scope of the risks that riders of the two- and three-wheeled vehicles face is worth exploring. The information certainly will be illuminating for the drivers of large vehicles which make up the lion's share of traffic on routes around Lake Charles. Some riders might find some of the nuggets useful, too.

It needs to be stressed from the outset that motorcycle riders have as much right to the road as any other driver. And if they should fall victim to serious or fatal injury because of another person's negligence, they should know they have the same right to seek just compensation and remedy for damages suffered.

Wrongful death is for families

Although today's modern families are more likely to have both parents working, the loss of one income can still be devastating. In cases where one spouse falls victim to wrongful death, the surviving family members not only have to deal with the loss of their loved one, but also a partial loss of their livelihood.

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