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5 Reasons Driving During the Thanksgiving Holiday Is Dangerous

Last year, according to Louisiana’s Highway Safety Research Group (HSRG), there were 564 traffic crashes on Louisiana roads during the Thanksgiving holiday period. The holiday period began at 6:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving Eve and went through midnight of the following Monday. Out of those traffic crashes, nearly 11 percent were in Calcasieu and Lafayette Parish. These numbers do not reflect commercial vehicle crashes. Why are the roads so dangerous during this time of year? Reason #1: Traffic Congestion With millions of people on the roads during the Thanksgiving holiday, there is more traffic congestion. An increase in traffic could cause a higher risk for accidents. In addition, many people traveling during Thanksgiving will be driving on unfamiliar roads. Traffic congestion along with unsafe driving behaviors such as distracted driving or aggressive driving could cause more traffic accidents. Reason #2: Speeding Thanksgiving is on a week day. Many people have to…
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Can Social Media Affect My Personal Injury Claim?

According to Pew Research Center, in 2014, 74 percent of adults who used the Internet also used social media sites, a number that has continued to rise in recent years. Social media is a valuable tool for keeping in contact with your friends, family and others as well as for networking and connecting with others. But you should be wary of social media if you are involved in a personal injury claim, because the things that you post could affect your case. When a person files a personal injury claim, it is usually because that person has suffered physical injuries and is seeking damages to cover things like medical bills, lost wages and more. Injury victims may also seek noneconomic damages for pain and suffering. To substantiate these damages, the injury victim will call on medical experts, witnesses and more to testify on behalf of the claimant. But while the…
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What Are Damage Caps in Louisiana Personal Injury Cases?

Some states have limits on the amount of damages a person is able to recover from certain types of personal injury lawsuits, particularly medical malpractice lawsuits. In Louisiana, for example, there is a cap on the amount an injured patient is able to recover from medical malpractice cases. The cap is $500,000. There is also a cap of $500,000 on damages for claims against government agencies. Louisiana also limits damages in car accidents under a “no pay, no play” rule. This rule makes it so that drivers cannot collect the first $15,000 of bodily injury damages if those drivers are uninsured or underinsured. Arguments Over the Constitutionality of Non-Economic Damage Caps The constitutionality of non-economic damage caps in medical malpractice cases has been under vigorous debate for decades. Some states, like Louisiana, have upheld the constitutionality of these caps. Others have struck them down under various arguments, a few of…
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