Monthly Archives: February 2018

How To Share the Road With An 18-Wheeler

In our modern society, driving with trucks is an everyday occurrence that we all have to accept and deal with. During high-speed driving on the freeway, however, driving next to or behind a large 18-wheeler truck can be an intimidating and frustrating experience. This fear probably has to do with the assumption of severe damage a truck of that size will inflict on your small car. However, there are some ways to avoid a serious injury while driving near these tractor trailers. Stay Out of Their Way The hardest thing about driving with 18-wheelers is giving them the room they need, while also respecting the space that you need to drive. Make sure you stay out of their very huge blind spot, and don’t drive too close to them, especially if they have any warning labels or signs like “wide load” or “oversize load.” Don’t cut off a truck when…
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Louisiana Class Action Lawsuit Disputes State’s Public Defense System

Many states in America have corrupt or failing public defense systems, and Louisiana has one of the worst ones. For the past ten years, findings have shown that public defender workloads are too high and are resulting in limited time with clients, unprepared cases, and scheduling issues that prevent the criminal and civil courts from operating properly. An East Baton Rouge judge has allowed a class action lawsuit to move forward that is challenging the “constitutional effectiveness” of Louisiana’s public defense system. What’s Wrong with Louisiana’s Public Defense System? This lawsuit was filed in February of this year when 13 inmates claimed that their constitutional rights were denied as a result of the failing and under-funded public defense system. The suit was filed on behalf of the inmates’ public defense attorneys. Louisiana is the only state in the country that depends on traffic ticket revenue, court fees and fines to…
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Louisiana Wrongful Death Lawsuits Involving Police Officers

There have been many recent news stories involving wrongful deaths caused by police officers. Every situation and news story has been different, but one common factor that constantly comes up is the issue of race or racial tension and differences. It’s hard to prove in these lawsuits whether race was a definite determinant in the cause of someone’s death. Louisiana has recently had some police officer-involved wrongful deaths; here are some details on one of the most recent cases: Federal Lawsuit Filed Against Louisiana Sheriff’s Wrongful Killing Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Deputy Holden LaFleur was not indicted for the death of DeJuan Guillory. The lawsuit was filed less than a week after a state grand jury failed to accuse him. Apparently LaFleur, who is white, has been known to be “prone to fits of anger, mental instability, and racial animus against African Americans,” which Sheriff Eddie Soileau claims he didn’t know…
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