Blog for our Lafayette Personal Injury Law Firm

How Can You Avoid A Motorcycle Accident?

Vermillion Parish and St. Bernard Parish were connected by similar tragedies a few weeks ago. A person in each parish died of injuries sustained in very similar motorcycle accidents. In Vermillion Parish, a single 35-year-old Lafayette man was unable to avoid a collision when a car took a left hand turn in front of his motorcycle. That man died from the injuries sustained in the crash. In St. Bernard Parish, two men were riding a dirt bike on the road when a Dodge truck took a left hand turn in front of them. Both rider and passenger were ejected from their motorcycle when it collided with the truck, and were taken to LSU Interim Hospital. Unfortunately the passenger in this crash succumbed to his injuries. He was 18 years old. Is This A Common Type Of Motorcycle Accident? Crashes like these are actually very common when riding a motorcycle. It…
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Should We Be Worried About Another Disaster Like The BP Oil Spill?

In North Baton Rouge, businesses had to be evacuated because of a leak of hazardous chemicals from a refinery pipeline.  The leak only spilt approximately one barrel’s worth of materials, but Royal Dutch Shell still shutdown the Bengal Refined Pipeline to fix and investigate the problem. New laws and regulations helped to keep this incident under control, but are those regulations being applies to all spill situations? When Hurricane Ivan rolled through in 2004, it caused an underwater mudslide that destroyed an oil platform owned by Taylor Energy. Since then oil has been leaking from the ruins, but lawmakers still have not forced the company to do anything about the leak. Taylor Energy asserts that the area containing the leak is too unstable to repair the leak, and insists that efforts to close the leak will simply lead to even more oil escaping. However, the AP has conducted an investigation…
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Conductor Sues Railroad Company For Negligence

Working for the railroad industry can be dangerous when a railroad company does not properly train employees, when a railroad company does not have enough staff on hand, and when a railroad company values profits over passengers and employees. The fatal injury rate in the railroad industry is twice as high as the all-industry rate, and around 2,500 people are injured in railroad accidents every year, but many of those accidents could have been avoided. On May 1, 2014 a railroad conductor from Metairie was injured when a grouping of cars was diverted onto the track his engine was on. The cars slammed into the engine and violently threw the conductor around and then out of his seat. The whipping action caused him permanent back and neck injuries that now cause him pain and prevent him from working. Now the conductor is taking the company in charge of the rail…
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