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A Dangerous Defective Auto Part Causes Unintended Acceleration

A Louisiana man named Ernest Jackson has decided to file a lawsuit with the Louisiana U. S. District Court against the powerful Ford Motor Company. The cause for the plaintiff’s lawsuit is a car accident injury caused by unintended acceleration that he was unable to control. The event that led to the lawsuit occurred when Mr. Jackson was driving his 2000 Ford Explorer on cruise control at about 55 miles per hour. Suddenly, his vehicle accelerated on its own for apparently no reason. He attempted to use the foot brakes and the emergency brake, but neither of these stopped the vehicle. Eventually, his SUV went off the road, back onto the road and across traffic. The vehicle did not stop until he crashed into trees and fell into a ditch. Mr. Jackson received head and back injuries, as well as the loss of vision in an eye in this unfortunate…
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How Can Excessive Mud Affect Driving?

When considering environmental factors as a cause for car accidents, we generally think of icy roads or heavy rain. However, a news story in Union Parish, Louisiana reminds us that excessive mud can be dangerous as well. The cause for this specific muddy situation is because of logging trucks, which drop mud on the roads while they transport their cargo. State officials fear that residual mud will pose a danger to drivers, especially when mixed with the heavy rain over that past few weeks. If a vehicle causes a situation that clogs up traffic or poses a danger to other drivers because of dropped cargo or other road debris, including mud or dirt, then the driver of the vehicle could find himself or herself in trouble with the law. Louisiana Protects Drivers from Road Debris Caused by Businesses A Louisiana statute makes it illegal to obstruct highways or roadways with…
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Statistics Show that Seatbelts Save Lives

A 21-year-old man in Walker, Louisiana was killed in a car crash in Livingston Parish when his car veered off the road and rolled over into a ditch. Neither he nor his injured passenger were wearing seatbelts. This tragic car accident is an example of many of the fatal wrecks that occur in Louisiana involving motorists not wearing seatbelts. Is a Lack of Seatbelt Use a Problem in Louisiana? Louisiana is one of 28 states that require both front and rear passengers to wear seatbelts. Despite being one of the states with a strong seatbelt law, many of our residents still choose to not wear seatbelts. Currently, Louisiana ranks 32nd in seatbelt use, which is below the national average. This an issue that really needs to be addressed as the fatality rate of individuals that do not wear seatbelts is rather high. Less than One-fifth of Drivers Make Up Most…
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