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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).

Six of the nineteen people onboard a 129-foot commercial lift boat that capsized off the Louisiana coast Tuesday afternoon have been rescued so far. The vessel, the Seacor Power, had left port less than two hours before the accident and encountered rugged seas on its way out to the Gulf of Mexico.

The Coast Guard was on the scene within 30 minutes and several other good Samaritan vessels have been assisting the Coast Guard in the search and rescue operation.

Broussard & David offers their thoughts and prayers to family and friends of the missing crewmembers in this difficult time and hope that all crewmembers are safely rescued.

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.

On Feb. 3rd, 2021, St. Martin Parish Fire District and Henderson Volunteer Fire Department were dispatched to Grand Pointe Avenue near I-10 for a vehicle fire. When first responders arrived, there was an 18-wheeler carrying produce engulfed in flames. After additional assistance from neighboring first responders and Breaux Bridge Volunteer Fire Company aerial unit the fire was able to be contained without causing any further incidents. No injuries were reported according to Henderson Police.

Thank you to the local area first responders, and all those involved that were able to contain this incident without further injury.

As reported, no one was hurt, but accidents can happen at anytime and anywhere. To help ensure the safety of yourself, and others, remember to stay vigilant while on the road and be mindful of your surroundings.

Following the December 14th Salt Mine collapse, Cargill recently decided to shutter its salt production on Avery Island. Though its lease expires at the end of 2021, Cargill stated that the business decision was based on future economics and production capacity after a slow winter. All operations at the mine have been suspended since the incident due ongoing federal investigations.

 

Eighteen employees of Cargill, a global food corporation, reported to work inside Avery Island’s Salt Mine on December 14th. Those employees’ lives would change within hours as the salt mine’s roof collapsed, leaving two employees stranded inside. 

 

24-hour search teams began looking for the missing employees immediately; although, the rescue was not successful until the next day. Around 3:00pm on December 15th, the search team found the first employee and identified him as 27-year-old Lance Begnaud. The second employee, 41-year-old Rene Romero, was found later that evening. Both suffered fatal injuries and were pronounced dead upon recovery. 

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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A 73-year-old man died from injuries sustained in an ATV accident. While at a gas pump one of the three passengers accidentally stepped on the accelerator causing the ATV to strike a nearby planter. The force of the collision caused the ATV to almost flip on its side and ejected the other passenger before striking a parked truck.

The driver of the ATV was cited for operating an ATV on a public roadway and, pending toxicology, there may be additional charges. Information regarding the additional passenger is unknown.

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

On March 6, around 7 p.m. The Coast Guard received word that a boat struck the Norfolk Southern Railroad Bridge in Lake Pontchartrain. There were five people on board at the time of the incident. Four passengers were located and transported to a New Orleans area hospital by Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries as the Coast Guard searched for the fifth.

On Sunday March 7, the body of the fifth passenger on board was located in Lake Pontchartrain by St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff’s office, Coast Guard, and Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries were all involved in the search for the fifth passenger following the incident. The four other passengers that were involved in this incident sustained serious injuries but are said to be in stable condition.

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