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What is spurring noted upward tick in fatal large truck crashes?

Commercial transportation industry insiders and commentators are questioning why recently released federal crash numbers indicate a notable spike in fatal large truck accidents during 2018 over the preceding year.

The focus on what is both figuratively and literally driving such dire outcomes is pronounced in wake of relevant crash statistics provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in late October. The data prominently underscore these troubling points:

Strong legal counsel can be vital in the wake of a work-linked injury

We state a truism at Simien & Simien regarded unexpected downsides at the workplace. We note on our long-established Baton Rouge personal injury firm’s website that, “Life can change drastically when are injured at your job.”

That’s sheer understatement, right? For starters, a work-linked injury is something that most people simply don’t ever expect to happen. They are often – and quite reasonably so – overwhelmed by a stark and challenging new reality.

Ghost helmets convey special meaning to motorcycle demographic

We’re guessing at Simien & Simien that many Louisiana readers of our personal injury legal blogs don’t know what a so-called “ghost” helmet is, much less its poignant significance for a specific group of people.

Some likely do, though, especially if they love riding motorcycles or know someone who does.

The connection between sleep deprivation and driving

More than likely, you wouldn't consider driving after drinking. You know that it interferes with your ability to drive safely and puts you and everyone else on the road with you in danger.

However, you may not think twice about getting behind the wheel after not getting a good night's sleep. If you are like most people, your life just doesn't allow you to sleep for seven or eight hours a night. Other things take priority such as working and taking care of your family. In fact, sometimes, you may not sleep at all one night, but that doesn't mean that you can put your life on hold.

Risks faced by the men and women who work on onshore oil rigs

No matter what type of job a person has, it is possible he or she could face the risk of injury at work. While every employee could potentially experience an injury while doing his or her job, there are some jobs that come with more risk than others. Onshore oil rig work is a type of job that comes with more risks, and these Louisiana workers may face a higher chance of injury.

If you work on an oil rig, you may know how difficult this type of job is and how demanding it can be. You also know how dangerous it can be and how important it is that you understand how to stay as safe as reasonably possible while at work. A good place to start is to understand the most common sources of accidents and injuries on onshore oil rigs. 

Is there a generalized “default” law relevant to maritime injuries?

Louisiana workers employed in the state’s vast maritime commercial realm know intimately well from hard-earned experience that their industry is a comparatively complex employment sector.

Put another way: The sheer range of jobs in the maritime industry is flatly unrivaled in many other work spheres. Some individuals work in highly varied positions on vessels or offshore oil rigs. Other are employed in harbor/dock positions. Still others work shoreside.

Industry insiders cite erosion in America’s crash-test program

When a commentator in a recent media piece states that consumers in Louisiana and nationally “can’t separate the lemons from the peaches,” he isn’t spotlighting a supermarket glitch in the produce section.

Rather, what Consumer Federation of American Executive Director Jack Gillis underscores via that comment is a growing auto safety problem linked with a once vaunted crash-test program that is now reportedly a shell of its former self.

An “alarming rate:” bicyclist and pedestrian fatalities

We note on our website at the established Baton Rouge personal injury law firm of Simien & Simien the many catalysts that cause motor vehicle accidents across Louisiana. Those centrally include these negligent-linked behaviors:

  • Speeding
  • Drunk and drugged driving
  • Unremedied vehicle defects and malfunctioning systems
  • Distracted driving owing to myriad careless actions

Increased protections for Louisiana's insured

Virtually all adults in America rely on automobile and other types of various insurance policies to protect themselves from catastrophic expenses when faced with unexpected harm. However, until you have been through the process of settling a claim with an insurance company, you may not understand that during the claim even your own insurer can become an adversary, nor, how important it is for an insurer to act ethically during claims handling, and in a timely manner.

Open thief hatches an immediate danger to life and health

If you work at an oil or gas well site, you know what the thief hatch on a crude oil storage tank is. You may also know that the vapors and gases inside those tanks pose significant dangers to you and your co-workers.

If your duties include fluid transfer, gauging or disposal of the material in those storage tanks, you need to take certain precautions in order to avoid suffering a work-related accident. The concentration of hydrocarbon gases and vapors that escape when the thief hatch is open tend to exceed the lower explosive limit and create an immediate threat to your life and health.

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