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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.

Seemingly minor symptoms could indicate major brain injury

Brain injuries are some of the most severe types of trauma that a person can experience, and car accidents are one of the leading causes of this specific type of injury. The way that a traumatic brain injury can affect a person differs from case to case. Sometimes, people who have a TBI are not immediately aware of the extent of their injury. 

Because of the serious nature of TBIs, a person who hit his or her head in an accident or has certain types of symptoms after a crash would be wise to seek medical attention. Brain injuries can impact function, motor skills and many other areas of life. If you were recently in a car accident in Louisiana, you may want to learn more about the signs that could indicate that you are suffering from a potential brain injury.

The work-linked injury realm is varied, expansive

Workplaces are comforting and even empowering venues for legions of Louisiana employees. For starters, they wed skills to a paycheck. They can also help nurture key relationships with other individuals that can last for a lifetime, and often promote workers’ stability and material piece of mind.

In short, meaningful employment is typically underscored by multiple upsides.

Did you suffer a traumatic amputation in a motorcycle accident?

If you are like many other riders here in Baton Rouge, riding a motorcycle provides you with a sense of freedom you can't get anywhere else. Riding may also make up a portion of your social life. On the more practical side, it gives you a reliable source of transportation with lower costs for gas and more.

With all of the benefits you receive from riding, the downsides of motorcycle riding may have come as a surprise, crashing into your life -- literally. Because your motorcycle didn't provide you with the same protections as a passenger vehicle, your injuries may have been quite severe. Perhaps you suffered a traumatic amputation and now have to deal with the numerous changes to your life that come with such an injury.

What is notably different about accidents involving large trucks?

We submit at the proven personal injury law firm of Simien & Simien (with offices in Baton Rouge and additional locations) that the definitive answer to today’s above blog headline query is eminently short and direct.

In a word, it is this: everything.

Understanding the benefits available to injured workers

When you suffer an injury at work, it can be devastating. One minute you are doing your job, and the next you may find yourself with serious injuries. What can you do at this point to pick up the pieces and move forward? How can you recover, pay your bills and eventually return to work? The answer to these questions and more is your employer's workers' compensation insurance. 

The intent of workers' compensation benefits is to provide support and care for individuals who are hurt at their place of work. Each case is different, and the specific benefits you could get depend on your injuries, along with what you need for recovery. After a work accident, you would be wise to take quick action to learn how you can secure the specific benefits you need.

Some key considerations relevant to a wrongful death matter

Some element of risk always attaches to daily life for busy individuals and families across the United States. The modern world is fast-paced and frenetic, with people always on the go.

Most of us take due care in going about our daily affairs, of course. We are thoughtful with our energies and activities and conscientious of others. We think before we act.

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