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January 2017 Archives

Apple sued by car accident victims

Many Louisiana motorists have witnessed drivers looking down at their smartphones when their eyes should be on the road, and some have done it themselves. A distracted driver who causes a car accident could be held financially responsible for the victims' injuries. Now, a class action lawsuit is looking to hold a smartphone maker liable for some of the car accidents that have been caused by this type of behavior.

Motorcycle accident law

Louisiana motorcyclists are at risk for hazards that other types of motorists do not encounter. There is no protective barrier between a motorcyclist's body and the road, and other drivers can have difficulties spotting a motorcycle in their mirrors. It is important that motorcycle riders are aware of their legal rights if they are in a traffic accident.

Links between concussions and Alzheimer's risks

Traumatic brain injuries that are classified as moderate-to-severe are considered risk factors for brain diseases, such as Alzheimer's. Louisiana residents who have suffered mild traumatic brain injuries, or concussions, and have a genetic risk for Alzheimer's should be aware that they may also have an added link to the accelerated mental decline and brain deterioration common with the disease.

Improving outcomes for traumatic brain injury patients

When Louisiana residents suffer a traumatic brain injury in a car crash, fall or other serious accident, it is imperative that they receive medical attention as soon as possible. This is because, following the injury, the brain swells. This can result in damages that can may be severe enough to cause a disability or even death.

NHTSA, cellphones and distracted driving

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has asked cellphone makers like Samsung, Motorola and Apple to help them protect road users in Louisiana and around the country from distracted drivers. According to the federal safety agency's figures, about 10 percent of those who lost their lives in road traffic accidents in 2015 were killed in a collision that involved at least one distracted car or truck driver, and the widespread use of cellphones and other mobile devices while behind the wheel is seen as a leading reason for this type of crash.