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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.

Alcohol was factor in crash that killed pedestrian

Auto accidents happen every day. Sadly enough, many of them have alcohol as a contributing factor to the crash. Although most drunk drivers never intend on harming anyone, getting behind the wheel of a car while under the influence can be seen as intention to cause injury to others. As one Louisiana man is learning, it doesn't matter what your intentions are when you drive drunk.

Jones Act protects independent contractors too

For the many men and women that work on the open water, the Jones Act is a pretty familiar term. It offers protection against death or injury while working for an employer while at sea. In that respect, it mimics some of the same qualities as workers' compensation does for traditional jobs. Just as with workers' compensation, the Jones Act has a vast list of requirements and regulations for those it governs, in order to be eligible for its protection.

Crop dusting, a dangerous business

Louisiana residents are never surprised to see small aircraft flying overhead during the warm months of summer. Crop dusting is serious business for pilots in the area, and keeping soybeans and corn fields well fertilized and free of pests is a full-time job. Just as driving a car carries risks, air travel is no different, and for crop dusters, the long hours, low altitude and high speed can make for dangerous flying.

Strict liability in airplane accidents

Most of the time, when you hear about aviation accidents, it is assumed to be the result of either pilot error or mechanical failure.  In the case of pilot error, where negligence was found, the airline may be held responsible for the crash, accident or injury. When a defect on either the plane or a component of the plane is found to be the cause of the crash, accident or injury the manufacturer of the plane or component is held responsible.

I've been awarded money for damages, how do I collect?

The entire process of an injury claim is long and frustrating, but receiving your settlement can be even more so. For some individuals, the struggle doesn't end when the case does. It ends when they are made whole by the judgment awarded to them.

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