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Supreme Court rules in favor of upholding DACA protections

On June 18, the Supreme Court gave relief to hundreds of thousands of immigrants who arrived as children in the US without documentation when it ruled against the Administration's efforts to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA).

Fatal truck crashes buck accident trend, rising again during 2019

Roadway accidents involving large trucks in Louisiana and nationally are simply different from crashes featuring smaller passenger vehicles.

That’s obvious, right? An 18-wheel rig, tractor trailer or other commercial truck commands dimensions that flatly dwarf those of cars sharing the road with them. A large truck can weigh scores of thousands of pounds and be 70 feet in length or longer. Truckers have comparatively limited visibility and far less mobility than passenger cars. And they can eat up distance the size of a football field before coming to a stop from highway speed.

A compound fracture is much more than just a broken bone

The injuries suffered by people involved in car accidents vary widely, and it seems as though there is no rhyme or reason to them. One person can walk away relatively unscathed while someone else could suffer serious injuries. Even when vehicle occupants suffer similar injuries, they can range from minor to severe.

For instance, one injury many people suffer in crashes is a broken bone. While a broken bone can affect your life for some time, the injury may not endanger your life. However, if you suffer a compound fracture, also called an open fracture, your life could be at risk, and your recovery will take longer.

Working on onshore oil rigs presents plenty of dangers, too

The dangers of working on offshore oil rigs have gained quite a bit of attention in recent years due to some serious accidents. These accidents gain attention due to their size, environmental concerns and the loss of life and injuries involved. While companies ought to address those dangers, the risks of working on onshore oil rigs deserve just as much attention.

If you work in Louisiana's oil fields, then you know that your work is some of the most dangerous in the state. You face numerous risks each day, and the injuries you and your coworkers could suffer will often change your life forever. With everything that could go wrong during your workday, you may want to know what dangers make up the most common risks you face.

What is going on with bill to limit accident victims’ recoveries?

Ask Louisiana State Senator Kirk Talbot (R-District 10) what exactly is driving confusion regarding a recently authored bill on so-called tort reform he is sponsoring. Many other people don’t seem to know.

That legislation – Senate Bill 418, formally entitled the Omnibus Premium Reduction act of 2020 – is a would-be law heavily favored by Louisiana businesses and insurance companies.

Always a Louisiana concern: roadway work zones

Some states confine their road-improvement efforts to a handful of months following an annual dose of rough winter weather.

That is largely not the case with Louisiana, where highway/street work zones - some marked by significant size and complexity - routinely confront drivers across the year.

Louisiana Senate distracted driving bill now heads to House

Louisiana State Sen. Patrick McMath (R-Covington) says drivers across the state shouldn’t unduly worry about a restriction underscored in a would-be law currently under consideration in the State Legislature.

That legislation – presently with the status of an approved Senate bill now moving over to the House – spotlights behind-the-wheel cellphone usage. McMath stresses that new law would not prohibit motorists from using their phones altogether when out in traffic.

The effects of sleep apnea on the ability to drive a truck

Human error, mechanical problems and other issues can affect a truck driver's ability to drive safely. As you travel the roads of Louisiana with the mammoth vehicles driven by these men and women, you have no way of knowing whether the driver or the truck has a problem that could put your life in jeopardy.

For instance, a sizable number of truck drivers suffer from an undiagnosed and/or untreated condition that would certainly put your life in danger. Sleep apnea is a serious condition even without the person suffering from it driving a vehicle that can weigh up to 80,000 pounds.

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