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June 2018 Archives

What should happen in an accident involving rideshare drivers

Rideshare services like Uber and Lyft are increasing in popular use, but like any other vehicle on the road, Lyft and Uber cars can wind up in automobile accidents. Because these ridesharing companies are fairly new to the driving scene, some people in Louisiana may not know what would happen if an Uber driver collides with their vehicle. Actually, rideshare driver accidents are not much different than ordinary auto accidents, involving many of the same steps that typical drivers would take if they were caught in a wreck.

Can insurance cover a boat?

Louisiana motorists carry automobile insurance to compensate for injuries and property damage sustained in an auto accident. The same logic applies to boat insurance. Just as you would not want to go out onto the road without insurance, you should also carry insurance as you take your boat out into the Gulf of Mexico for sailing, shrimping or whatever maritime activity you wish.

What should you do if you are in a hit and run?

Being involved in any accident in Louisiana is upsetting, but when you are involved in a hit and run, it can be even more devastating. A hit and run is when someone causes an accident and leaves the scene. Often this type of accident happens very quickly, leaving you little time to react. However, if you are involved in a hit and run, State Farm suggests you act as fast as possible to gather information that could help find the culprit.

Can embarrassing health issues indicate spinal cord injury?

It is commonly said in jest that any crash or accident you can walk away from is a good one. However, just because you do not show signs of obvious injury does not mean you have not suffered serious internal harm. Spinal cord injuries can create any number of symptoms in everyday life some time after the initial injury. It is important for Louisiana residents to recognize these symptoms so they can get checked out for a spinal cord injury as soon as possible.

Getting employers to take responsibility

Whether you are a roustabout working to keep a rig running or a technician overseeing operations, you face serious risks when you take a job on an offshore platform. Your employer might pay you more for that work than another would for similar work on land, but that does not exclude your company from its responsibility to provide a safe working environment and compensate you adequately for your injuries. Unfortunately, we see many people come into Hale Law Firm facing this very issue of uncooperative employers and insurance companies.

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