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Penalties for Driving Under the Influence in the State of Louisiana

Driving under the influence is one of the main causes of car accidents in Louisiana, and the outcome of these crashes is often fatal. In 2017, 212 people in Louisiana lost their lives in accidents caused by alcohol impairment, this accounted for 27.9 percent of all accident fatalities in the state.

Filing a Personal Injury Claim for Environmental Damage

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Environmental damage claims involve injuries caused by exposure to a toxic substance or hazard in your environment. These claims are usually filed due to injuries caused by toxic waste, lead paint, water contamination, air pollution or toxic mold. The damage in question can be caused by an individual or a company that failed to take proper precautions to clean up hazardous substances such as the massive chemical leak at ExxonMobil's Baton Rouge plant in 2012, or Chevron's infamous act of dumping millions of gallons of toxic waste into rivers and streams in Ecuador.

If you have suffered an injury from exposure to toxic substances in the environment and would like to explore your options for financial recovery, the experienced environmental damage lawyers at Simien & Simien are ready to guide you through the process. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation.  

Environmental Problems in Louisiana

A report from the spring of 2018 revealed Louisiana is the second-worst state in terms of environmental friendliness.

Recycling

The state ranked the worst in the nation for recycling. It is estimated that only one percent of municipal waste in the state is recycled.

Renewable Energy

Louisiana ranked 49th in the country for the lack of renewable energy consumption. The only state with less renewable energy consumption was Delaware. Alaska, Rhode Island and New Jersey ranked ahead of Louisiana.  

Carbon Dioxide Emissions

Louisiana also ranked 47th for per capita carbon dioxide emissions - these emissions contribute to climate change.

How Environmental Damage and Toxic Substances Can Affect Your Health

Environmental problems like contaminated water and pollution can cause severe injuries for people who are exposed to these hazards, including the following:

  • Respiratory problems
  • Neurological problems
  • Brain damage
  • Fertility problems
  • Cancer
  • Skin conditions
  • Birth defects

Tips on What to Do After a Hit-and-Run Accident

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Victims of hit-and-run crashes involving drivers who fled the scene are often angry, confused and in pain from any injuries they suffered. They may be unsure of how to even begin pursuing compensation for medical bills and other damages.

If you were involved in this kind of crash, there are several steps you can take. Our experienced Baton Rouge car accident lawyers offer a free consultation for hit-and-run accident victims. We understand what you are feeling and are ready to pursue for the justice and compensation you are entitled.

What Is a Hit-and-Run Accident?

State law requires motorists to stop after getting in an accident and to provide aid to any victims. Additionally, motorists must exchange contact and insurance information. If a person intentionally leaves the scene of an accident without following these steps, it is considered a hit-and-run accident.

These crashes often occur because the other driver is:

  • Speeding
  • Driving under the influence of drugs, alcohol or prescription medication
  • Distracted by his or her cellphone or something else inside the car

There are many reasons why drivers flee the scene. For example, there may be cases when the driver did not realize he or she hit another vehicle.

However, there are many other cases where the driver does not have insurance, he or she is involved in a crime, or he or she has a warrant out for arrest. This is why it is never a good idea for the victim in a hit-and-run crash to chase the driver. You should leave that to the police, in case the driver is dangerous.

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