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Debris flying from vehicles can cause an accident

As a driver, you will have a lot on your mind. In addition to paying close attention to other drivers, you need to remember something else: Flying debris can lead to a serious accident that causes injury or death.

According to a AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, approximately 39,000 people were injured as a result of an unsecured load falling from another vehicle between the years 2011 and 2014.

Options for dividing a home in divorce

There are many questions to answer as you go through the divorce process, with quite a few related to property division.

From the start, you need to know your options for dividing the family home in divorce. With this knowledge, it's much easier to decide what will work best for you and your ex-spouse.

A veteran Slidell police officer is struck, killed by a motorist

An 52-year-old veteran police officer with the Slidell, Lousiana police department was struck and killed while riding his motorcycle on September 20, 2017. The officer had been off-duty as he rode his bike in the eastbound direction along Brown's Switch Road at around 10:28 p.m. Soon thereafter, a motorist switched lanes in front of him.

The motorist that allegedly cut in front of the officer did so in order to make a left turn into a driveway. It was as the woman switched lanes that the officer's 2012 Honda sports bike collided with the woman's Honda Civic.

Don’t make these costly car insurance claim mistakes

If you are part of a car accident, there will come a time in the near future when you find yourself communicating with at least one car insurance company (and possibly several).

You are not required by law to speak with your car insurance company, such as to answer their questions about the accident.

Grandparents and visitation in Louisiana

As a grandparent in the state of Louisiana, there could come a point when you need to learn more about visitation with a grandchild or grandchildren.

Just the same as parents, there are laws in place that govern grandparent visitation rights.

Saints player Willie Snead is charged with driving drunk

Wide receiver Willie Snead with the New Orleans Saints was arrested and charged with drunk driving back in June. Although it's been several months since his arrest, it seems that his team's leadership may only have just found out about it. It appears that's the case because they only decided to suspend him for the team's first three games on September 1st.

According to an incident report in the case, Kenner Police Department officers first started receiving reports of a crash less than a mile from the player's home shortly before 6:34 a.m. on the morning of June 11th. Upon arriving at the scene, officers found the player's mangled 2017 Jeep Wrangler. The vehicle appeared to have sustained significant damage to its front end. It was turned in the direction of oncoming traffic as well.

Qualities to look for in an inexperienced truck driver

Trucking companies often have no choice but to hire inexperienced drivers. While it may not be the ideal situation, they know they need to fill open positions as quickly as possible.

When hiring an inexperienced truck driver, such as someone with less than two years of commercial truck driving experience, trucking companies should look for qualities including but not limited to:

  • Employment history, with an eye toward experience in a related industry
  • Driving history, with a clean motor vehicle record a sign that the person is a good choice
  • Whether or not the person has graduated from a professional trucking school
  • Whether or not the person meets Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulatory guidelines

Woman arrested for allegedly causing fatal crash in May

It's a tragedy any time someone is hurt or killed in a traffic accident. It's particularly horrible when the driver is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, because the accident was avoidable. In this case, it may have been, but there is no way to reverse the damage that has been caused.

A Baton Rouge woman has been found to be at fault and has been arrested for a fatal car crash that happened in May. According to an Aug. 17 update about the accident, the woman's blood test revealed that she had crack cocaine and cocaine in her blood at the time of the wreck.

Woman crashes into canal and is accused of drunk driving

A woman from Metairie saw her early morning drive come to a quick end when her car left the road, flipped over and landed in a drainage canal. It was upside down, but the woman was able to get out of the vehicle. She is 68 years old, and reports did not indicate if the police arrived and helped her or if she'd already gotten out by the time the emergency response team made it to the crash site.

What is clear is that a witness saw her car sail off the road and flip into the water, and calls where made to police at about 1:30 in the morning.

Free consultations: A tool for education

You suffered an injury at the hands of a drunk driver, and now you're interested in pursuing compensation. You're not really sure where to start, but you know you need an attorney. Before you choose the person you want to work with, it's a good idea to take advantage of an offer many attorneys make. This offer is for a free consultation.

Free consultations give you time to discuss your case to see if it has merit. Additionally, you can see the attorney's office and find out more about him or her in person. The first meeting is generally designed to help the attorney understand the basic facts of the case before deciding if he or she can help with the case.

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