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Technology can prevent distracted driving

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that 80 percent of car crashes and 17 percent of car accident deaths are attributed to distracted driving. But, existing technology can help reduce this problem throughout Louisiana and the country.

In addition to the distractions posed by personal electronic devices, like cellphones, vehicles are equipped with infotainment systems that take the driver's attention away from the road. Because of these combined distractions, car manufacturers have already installed distraction-tracking instruments. These usually help motorists when their vehicle is in a semi-autonomous mode.

Understanding the risks of cycling could help prevent a disaster

Many individuals in New Orleans choose to travel to and from their destinations via bicycle. While this mode of transportation offers numerous benefits, like many others, you may have a certain level of concern about your safety, especially when riding near traffic.

Even with the proper safety gear, cyclists have much less in the way of protection in comparison to vehicles. However, since this might not dissuade you from riding your bike, you may find it beneficial to gain an understanding of the most common causes of cyclist-related accidents, and how to avoid them.

Agency says nursing home abuse going unreported

We place our loved ones in nursing homes when their health conditions prevent them from being able to live on their own. We naturally expect that the professionals at the nursing homes will provide our loved ones with the care they need. Our loved ones deserve no less. Unfortunately, New Orleans residents may be dismayed to hear that according to a report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, over 25 percent of nursing home abuse cases go unreported to police.

For example, one victim of nursing home abuse was sexually assaulted and suffered serious bruises. That case, under federal law, should have been brought to the attention of the police within two hours, but that did not happen. Instead, by cleaning off the victim, it essentially erased any evidence police might have needed to investigate the incident. The victim's family was notified about the incident the following day, and it was the victim's family that then notified the authorities of the incident.

My medical device was recalled! What does that mean?

Technological advances have provided the medical industry with numerous devices meant to either prolong the lives of patients or provide them with a better quality of life. However, as is the case with anything manufactured, things can go wrong.

When manufacturers recall medical devices, it can cause a panic in those who have them. Understanding exactly what a recall does and is for could help relieve your panic, or provide you with important information in the event that you need to take legal action for serious or debilitating injuries caused by the defective device.

Coach files lawsuit over toxic mold at field house

Property owners in Louisiana may be held liable for harm caused by dangerous conditions. Sometimes, this harm may be from an unseen source in an unexpected location.

A Mandeville High School football coach filed a lawsuit against the St. Tammany Parish School Board. He charged that it knew about mold in the high school's field house, but took no steps to address it. The district's insurer is also a named defendant. Days after the filing, he resigned from the coaching staff.

Police sued for vehicle death

A badge does not necessarily guarantee safe driving by Louisiana police. Recently, a State Police trooper who was accused of driving 111 mph was sued in a wrongful death lawsuit and suspended from duty. His allegedly negligent driving led to the death of a 64-year-old motorist.

The trooper, assigned to Troop E based in Alexandria, was driving his unit to New Orleans at 10:40 am at the end of February as part of a Mardi Gras detail. He attempted to catch up to another trooper, but was not on duty or responding to an emergency.

NTSB studies speeding

Speeding is not just a mere traffic violation; it is deadly. Last month, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued its findings on the impact of excessive speed on driving fatalities. Louisianans driving too fast for conditions, or over the speed limit, is one of the most common factors in auto accidents, according to the NTSB.

Law enforcement found that speed was an element in accidents, causing 112,580 deaths. This comprised 31 percent of all vehicle fatalities. The NTSB found that speeding was a contributing cause of 49 of its major accident investigations, most of which involved passenger vehicles, since 1967.

What precautions may improve motorcyclist safety?

One of the most important aspects of participating in any enjoyable activity relates to safety. If you do not take the proper precautions to work toward ensuring that the activity will not present unnecessary dangers, you could put yourself at risk of suffering serious injuries in the event of an accident. When injuries occur, the effects could prove long lasting and negatively impactful.

As a motorcyclist, you may be well aware of the risks riding can have. Therefore, you certainly want to make sure that you have taken the time to address your safety needs in hopes of protecting yourself against the potential for severe harm while on the road.

Helping file a wrongful death claim for the loss of a loved one

Dealing with the loss of a loved one is one of the most difficult and overwhelming events a person can go through. However, when a family member is suddenly taken away by the negligence of another, it can make the situation more challenging and difficult to accept. No one wants to deal with the sorrow and emotion that follows such tragedy; nonetheless, in order to move forward and cope with such devastation, surviving loved ones should understand their options to hold a negligent party accountable.

No matter the age of an individual, this does not protect them from the negligence of others. Whether it is on the roadway, in a public area, private home, hospital or in the workplace, a fatal accident could happen in any environment at any time. At Frischhertz Poulliard Frischhertz Impastato, LLC, our experienced legal team has more than 75 years of combined experience helping surviving family members in New Orleans assert their rights following a fatal incident.

Injured on an oil rig? Don't let your benefits float away

Working on an oil rig off the shores of Louisiana can be an exciting, lucrative and dangerous career. When an accident occurs, the injuries that workers suffer could be severe or even fatal.

If you suffered injuries while working on an oil rig, you may wonder at first how your medical expenses, lost income and other damages will be covered since you don't qualify for traditional workers' compensation like Louisiana residents who work on land. You can rest easy though because the federal government devised a system of compensation for workers like you.