Articles Posted in Auto Accidents

According to U.S. Dept. of Transportation, seatbelts saved approximately 15,000 lives in 2017. Wearing a seatbelt is one of the safest choices drivers and passengers can make. Here are a few reasons why it is so important to wear your seatbelt:

  • Air bags are not enough – just because your vehicle has air bags does not mean you can skip the seatbelt, still wear it.
  • It can reduce injuries – wearing your seatbelt reduces your risk of sustaining injuries like whiplash and other head injuries.

An afternoon crash claimed the life of a 6-year-old child in Calcasieu Parish. A vehicle ran a stop sign and collided with an SUV cause the SUV to flip several time before landing in a ditch. The 6-year-old child was unrestrained in the SUV and was ejected from the vehicle during the crash. Drivers of both vehicles sustained minor injuries with the additional minor passengers in the SUV sustaining no injuries. Impairment is not suspected in this crash.

Broussard & David offer their condolences and sympathy to the family and friends during this difficult time.

The attorneys at Broussard & David have the knowledge and experience necessary to handle cases of this nature and will fight to obtain fair compensation for your injuries. If you, or a loved one has suffered harm because of the fault of another, contact the attorneys at Broussard & David to discuss your legal rights at (337) 233-2323 (local) or (888) 337-2323 (toll-free).

Bicycling is a great form of exercise, and as the weather warms up you will begin to see more cyclists on the road. Bicyclists face a higher risk of crash-related injuries and deaths than occupants in motor vehicles. To ensure your safety, whether you are a cyclist or a driver, here are a few things to remember regarding bike safety.

 For Cyclists:

  • Inspect your bike – adjust the seat, check the tires, and ensure your bike is safe to operate before going out for a ride;

Defensive driving is a driving skill that allows you to protect yourself from possible accidents or collisions. Actions such as looking ahead, keeping your eyes moving, and more are just a few tips of defensive driving. Here are more defensive driving that you can follow to help keep you and others safe.

  • Focus on your driving – don’t let your phone, radio, or children distract you from the road.
  • Don’t speed – the faster you are traveling, the longer it takes to stop, and higher speeds can potentially cause a more dangerous collision.

On Tuesday March 30th a school bus crashed in the city of Duson. The crash occurred as the result of an SUV crossing the center line and striking the bus. Thankfully there were no children aboard the bus at the time of the accident. Passengers of the SUV and the bus driver were transported to the hospital for treatment.  A field sobriety test was conducted for the driver of the SUV and there was no conclusive evidence of impairment, but the driver of the SUV was found to be at fault for the accident and issued citations. All individuals are expected to make a full recovery.

Remember to follow the rules of the roadway and practice safe driving to reduce your risk of accidents and injuries.

The attorneys at Broussard & David have the knowledge and experience necessary to handle cases of this nature and will fight to obtain fair compensation for your injuries. If you, or a loved one has suffered harm because of the fault of another, contact the attorneys at Broussard & David to discuss your legal rights at (337) 233-2323 (local) or (888) 337-2323 (toll-free).

On Monday, March 29 all lanes of I-10 east-bound of the Mississippi River Bridge were closed due to multiple car accidents. There were two separate crashes, one causing the other that involved a total of six vehicles. One vehicle transporting sheet metal collided with the back of another vehicle causing debris to fly and scatter across the roadway. No injuries were immediately reported.

Accidents can happen at anytime and anywhere. To help ensure the safety of yourself, and others, remember to practice safe driving and stay attentive of other drivers.

The attorneys at Broussard & David have the knowledge and experience necessary to handle cases of this nature and will fight to obtain fair compensation for your injuries. If you, or a loved one has suffered harm because of the fault of another, contact the attorneys at Broussard & David to discuss your legal rights at (337) 233-2323 (local) or (888) 337-2323 (toll-free).

Last month, the Thibodaux Police Department responded to an accident involving a motorcycle and a motor vehicle. The accident occurred when the driver of the motor vehicle failed to yield to the oncoming motorcycle, and improperly turned left in front of the motorcycle causing it to strike the vehicle head on. Though the driver of the motorcycle was wearing a helmet, he sustained critical injuries after being ejected during the crash and was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Accidents can happen at anytime and anywhere. When operating or riding on a motorcycle, it is always important wear a helmet and other protective gear, but vigilance is the best way to avoid crashes and injuries. To help ensure the safety of yourself and others, always remember to practice safe driving and stay attentive of other drivers, especially motorcyclists.

The attorneys at Broussard & David have the knowledge and experience necessary to handle cases of this nature and will fight to obtain fair compensation for your injuries. If you, or a loved one has suffered harm because of the fault of another, contact the attorneys at Broussard & David to discuss your legal rights at (337) 233-2323 (local) or (888) 337-2323 (toll-free).

24-year-old Ryan Fontenot was riding his bike eastbound on U.S. Highway 190 in the early morning hours last week when he was struck from behind by an unknown vehicle. While looking to make a left-hand turn into Acadian Medical Center from the turning lane, the unknown vehicle hit Mr. Fontenot and propelled him off of his bike and into the westbound lane where he was struck again, causing fatal injuries. Sadly, Mr. Fontenot was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver who struck Mr. Fontenot after he was ejected from the bike showed no alcohol in his system and no signs of impairment. However, the driver who initially hit Mr. Fontenot from the rear fled the scene immediately after the accident.

Though officers are unsure of the type of car that fled the scene, officers believe the hit-and-run vehicle is a ram pickup truck with damage to the left front bumper, headlamp, and fender.

An average of 16,500 car accidents occur daily across the United States. In the blink of an eye, a rear-end car accident can completely turn one’s life upside down by causing life-altering injuries. Such an event can leave one lost as to what to do next, scared as to the daunting recovery process that lies ahead, and confused as to where to even begin. Some insight into the expected process of legal settlements may aid you or a loved one in making important decisions following a tragic accident.

In Louisiana, a car accident resulting in an injury, death, or property damage resulting in over $500 requires the parties by law to contact the local police department. Following the accident, an injured party should seek legal assistance. This will significantly offset the post-accident burdens of both filing a claim with the negligent party’s insurance company and gathering  supporting evidence like medical examinations, photos, and witness testimony.

Further, an attorney can file suit against a negligent party, thereby holding that party liable for their actions. The lawsuit must be brought within 1 year of the date of the accident or else the claim is forever lost. Once the legal process begins, parties will work tirelessly to reach what is known as a settlement. A settlement resolves the dispute by dropping the claim before reaching trial in return for a monetary compensation. Settlement processes can last anywhere from a few months to a few years depending on the severity of the injuries and the accident. In the settlement process, the injured party seeks recompense for physical pain and suffering, repair or replacement of their car, medical expenses, mental anguish from the accident, lost wages, as well as other forms of damages.

An early morning accident was the result of fog in Caddo Parish. A stalled vehicle was rear-ended when another driver failed to stop due to a decreased visibility associated with the foggy conditions.  Though fog is typically something motorists often encounter in the early morning, accidents like this serve as a reminder to remain vigilant even in situations we often encounter on the road.

The attorneys at Broussard & David have the knowledge and experience necessary to handle cases of this nature and will fight to obtain fair compensation for your injuries. If you, or a loved one has suffered harm because of the fault of another, contact the attorneys at Broussard & David to discuss your legal rights at (337) 233-2323 (local) or (888) 337-2323 (toll-free).

 

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