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Car accidents can leave lives changed forever

Though many people may not think about it on a daily basis, cars are dangerous. Car accidents happen every day, and some people may not consider just how dangerous driving or just being on the roadways can be until a crash affects them personally. Unfortunately, many crashes can lead to serious or fatal injuries.

It was recently reported that a single-vehicle accident in Louisiana had such outcomes. Reports stated that the crash took place around 3 p.m. when a vehicle left a roadway and collided with a pole. It was unclear what may have caused the vehicle to travel off the road, and the report did not mention whether authorities were considering speed, impairment or other details contributing factors. The 19-year-old driver and 22-year-old passenger were both ejected from the car during the incident.

TBIs are often considered catastrophic injuries

Though car accidents happen every day in Louisiana and across the country, they are anything but mundane. People's lives can be changed forever after a crash because of catastrophic injuries. In particular, a person involved in a car accident could suffer a traumatic brain injury that leaves him or her facing many hardships.

Traumatic brain injuries are not just caused by car accidents, and they can happen whenever a person suffers a blow to the head or a penetrating head injury. Unfortunately, these injuries can result in victims having cognitive problems, experiencing mood swings, suffering from headaches and nausea, and a number of other issues that could affect their daily lives. In some cases, the immediate effects of an injury may lessen or go away with time, but others could be long-lasting or permanent.

Head-on car accidents common when drivers cross center line

It may seem odd to think about the fact that, often, the only thing dividing lanes of travel on a roadway is painted lines. Though most drivers trust others to stay on the correct side, that is not always what happens. In fact, head-on car accidents commonly take place after a driver fails to remain in the correct lane.

It was recently reported that a head-on collision took place in Louisiana. Apparently, an SUV was heading north when, for unknown reasons, the vehicle crossed over the center dividing line and crashed into a pickup truck that was traveling south. After the initial collision, another vehicle hit the SUV after it became disabled. There were at least eight people involved in the crash.

Explosions and fires at sea are often preventable

There are many things that can go wrong on a ship. Knowing these can help you to develop a plan to stay safe while you're on the water. All of these components should be part of your employer's safety plan. If they aren't, you should still think about them because there is nothing as important as safety when you're at sea.

One safety issue that must be addressed each time you set sail is avoiding explosions on the vessel. They can claim lives, so avoiding them must be priorities.

Commercial vehicle accidents easily prove fatal

Certain issues can cause drivers to need to pull off the roadway. In some cases, the issue may be so significant that they cannot wait until they find a parking lot or reach an interstate exit to pull off the road. Instead, they must simply stop on the shoulder. Unfortunately, this is not the safest places for drivers, and if other travelers do not give them room, stopped motorists could end up in commercial vehicle accidents.

It was recently reported that an accident in Louisiana involving two motorcyclists and an 18-wheeler proved fatal. Apparently, the motorcyclists had pulled off the interstate onto the shoulder of the roadway for unknown reasons. The two individuals were side by side on the shoulder, and the motorcyclist closest to the roadway was struck by a passing 18-wheeler.

Rear-end car accidents can have fatal results

Families and loved ones rely on each other for many aspects of their lives. As a result, when individuals lose loved ones in car accidents or other unexpected events, the hardships that result can seem insurmountable. As they try to contend with these difficulties, they may find it useful to consider their legal options.

One family in Louisiana may be considering filing wrongful death claims after a recent crash. Reports stated that a 27-year-old woman was driving a vehicle east when a pickup truck rear-ended her vehicle. Details on what happened in the immediate aftermath of that initial collision were not given in the report. It appeared that the woman and her 7-year-old son were in the vehicle as well as a male passenger and his 3-year-old son.

Boat accident claims life, severely injures passenger

Accidents can happen anywhere. Most people who operate boats for a living or recreationally know that a serious accident could take place on the water at any time. Unfortunately, a boat accident can lead to serious or fatal injuries for those involved, and compensation for damages may be needed.

It was recently reported by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries that a fatal boating accident took place. The incident involved a fishing boat and a crew boat, and the two vessels apparently collided. Details on exactly how the accident took place were not given in the report. It was mentioned that the event took place around 2:30 p.m., and at least five people were involved.

Spinal shock can be a complication of catastrophic injuries

A car accident can change any Louisiana resident's life in an instant. Some may be lucky enough to avoid physical harm, but others could suffer catastrophic injuries. In many cases, those life-changing injuries can have side effects and complications that make the ordeal even more harrowing.

Unfortunately, spinal cord injuries are not uncommon after car accidents. The amount of damage that this type of injury causes ranges in severity, but often, individuals' lives are changed forever. One issue that can stem from a spinal cord injury is spinal shock. This issue results in the injury sufferer experiencing a reduction or loss of reflexes in the aftermath of a spinal cord injury. Typically, this issue is temporary, but the worse the injury, the more severe the dysfunction.

How are seamen protected by the Jones Act?

The Jones Act, which is the common name for the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, provides valuable information about maritime laws that govern the shipping of goods. It also covers important information about how worker injuries while at sea will be handled.

In short, a seaman who is injured on a vessel can seek compensation from their employer without having to turn to the workers' compensation system. There are some specific points that must be met if the person is going to file a lawsuit against their employer.

Car accidents can easily lead to life-changing injuries

Most people hit the road without thinking about other travelers. While many Louisiana residents may simply worry about getting to their destinations on time or the errands they need to complete for the day, it is important to remember that car accidents can happen at any moment. Unfortunately, many people may not think too much about them until they are involved in one themselves and suffer serious injuries.

Car crashes can lead to a myriad of injuries. Some of them may be relatively minor, like bumps, bruises or scrapes, but others can have life-changing effects. For example, a head injury caused by a car accident can lead to a brain injury that may need extended care in the hospital and can lead to the need for prolonged treatments and therapy. In some cases, certain abilities may be significantly diminished or completely lost.

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