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5 hazards common in hot work jobs

Many different types of job duties are necessary in the oil and gas industry. People who handle hot work are vital to these companies, but the individuals face serious hazards during the course of their shifts. Taking proper steps to ensure safety is critical so that these workers make it home safely at the end of their shift.

Each company must set hot work protocol based on the conditions at the job site. Some of these are universal, regardless of the situation. There are several types of hazards to consider when determining how to reduce the risk workers face. Addressing each of these can benefit the employees and the employers.

Fatal car accidents may warrant wrongful death claims

While many people enjoy driving, there are many others who do not think of it as an exciting activity. Of course, unexpected events on the road can happen at any time, including fatal car accidents. In some cases, those accidents are caused by drivers who fail to stay in the correct lane.

It was recently reported that a crash in Louisiana had fatal outcomes. The incident occurred around 3:30 a.m. when the driver of a large SUV crossed into the opposite lane of travel. The SUV was traveling south when it collided with a northbound car. The driver of the SUV was reported as being 27 years old, and the driver of the car was reported as 28 years old.

Catastrophic injuries can have long-lasting effects

Any type of serious accident can have life-changing outcomes. For some people, catastrophic injuries, like traumatic brain injuries, could result from various incidents, from falls to car accidents. Unfortunately, these incidents could occur due to the recklessness or negligence of another person while the victim ends up suffering.

If Louisiana residents suffer from a TBI, it is likely that they will face a number of difficulties. Some serious effects that could present themselves immediately after suffering such an injury include nausea, sleepiness, loss of consciousness, vomiting, convulsions, headache and others. In some cases, these effects may not seem serious, but they could point to a serious injury that can have lasting impacts on a person's life. If a head injury causes any of these outcomes, seeking medical attention immediately is necessary.

Wrong-way car accidents often send people to the hospital

No driver wants to see another vehicle heading straight toward him or her on the roadway. Unfortunately, some drivers fail to maintain the correct lane when traveling, and when they cross into the other lane of travel, head-on car accidents commonly occur. These events typically have serious outcomes and can cause injuries to those involved.

It was recently reported that a crash in Louisiana resulted in three people being taken to the hospital. The incident began around 2 p.m. when a car traveling south failed to stay in the correct lane. As a result, the vehicle crossed the dividing line and crashed into an SUV in the other lane. After the initial collision, another vehicle hit the SUV before colliding with the side of the bridge. The wrong-way car struck another vehicle before coming to a stop.

Hotel collapse, like other workplace accidents, proves fatal

When a serious accident occurs, many people can be left stunned, and they can also suffer serious repercussions from the incident. Unfortunately, some workplace accidents can have this type of outcome, especially for the workers involved and their families. Injuries and fatalities are, unfortunately, not uncommon in the construction industry.

It was recently reported that multiple people were killed and injured when a Hard Rock Hotel partially collapsed in Louisiana. According to reports, the top floors of the building, which is still under construction, collapsed while 112 workers were on the site. It was unclear what may have led to the collapse, but it was noted that a crane was also damaged in the incident. At the time of the report, investigations were still being conducted into how the collapse occurred and how structurally sound the remaining portion of the building is.

The risk for a fatal trucking crash keeps going up

Driving is dangerous, but there are certain issues and vehicles that are more dangerous than others. To keep people safe on the road, the federal government tracks statistics about all kinds of traffic accidents and collisions. The information they gather allows for careful consideration before creating new policies. It can also help drivers make better safety decisions based on statistical danger.

In recent years, the total number of deaths related to commercial vehicles such as big rig trucks has increased at a surprisingly rapid rate. Since 2009, the total number of fatal crashes has gone up by a shocking 42%. In 2017, the most recent year with federally-analyzed statistics available, there were 4,889 fatal crashes involving large commercial trucks. In the same year, there were 116,000 commercial vehicle crashes that resulted in injury. That figure has also increased in recent years.

Bus accident raises new questions about safety

Many people in Louisiana and around the country often ride a bus as their means of getting to and from school or work. In some cases, these buses are driven by entities managed by cities or municipal agencies. Other buses are owned and operated by independent companies. School districts also have their own network of buses and bus drivers. All people who hold licenses to operate these vehicles should be aware of how they can keep their passengers safe.

For many years now, laws have been in place requiring motorists to halt and wait when a school bus stops to pick up or drop off a student. The other vehicles are only allowed to resume driving again when the bus driver turns off the blinking red lights and pulls in the bus arm. When this is done, it should mean that the student is either safely on the bus on safely off and away from the bus.

Should you report an accident to Uber?

Even in terms of Louisiana — a state known for its natural beauty and unique culture — the tourism and entertainment amenities in Lake Charles bring many visitors. This leads to a high volume of commercial vehicles on the roadways in town.

When you are injured in a crash, it is important to act based on the specifics of your case. Although you should always put your health and safety first, you should consider contacting someone who can address your specific legal concerns as soon as is practical. This should help you understand any possible consequences of your actions.

Louisiana truck/train collision has an unusual fatality

Nearly everyone knows that collisions involving large trucks are often deadly. When motor vehicles or pedestrians come up against a train, the results can be even more devastating. Almost nothing can withstand the sheer size, speed and force of an oncoming train. At the Hale Law Firm, we have seen numerous cases that ended up with atypical results. One such incident may surprise you and other Louisiana residents.

KSLA News 12 reported about a collision that occurred in Shreveport in early September. The circumstances were unclear regarding a collision between a train and a commercial truck that was hauling gravel. Even with the protection of a tractor-trailer’s cab surrounding him, you may expect the truck driver to have been the one injured in the accident. However, the trucker escaped the collision without any injuries. The train’s conductor, on the other hand, somehow ended up pinned in the cab of the truck. He was taken to the hospital with severe injuries, but unfortunately, he did not survive. Authorities were still attempting to determine how the conductor was the one injured and how the accident occurred.

Auto accidents, sleep problems and the recovery process

A motor vehicle collision can cause someone’s life to spiral out of control in many different ways. They may not be able to keep their job because of injuries that they sustained, or they may experience financial hardships that are overwhelming. Sometimes, people who are involved in such a collision may have a hard time sleeping at night. For example, they may develop a sleeping disorder that prevents them from sleeping for very long, which can be detrimental in many ways.

Someone who is trying to recover from an accident may have a hard time falling asleep. Or, they may be able to fall asleep, but they could wake up throughout the night due to mental trauma, flashbacks and stress brought on by the crash. Some people take medication to help with these hardships, while others may suffer for many years. Sometimes, sleep problems are temporary and eventually go away, but many people have experienced long-term sleep issues due to an accident or another traumatic event.

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