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Louisiana police aggressively enforcing seat belt law

Thanksgiving has grown into at least a four-day weekend for many Louisianans as they take to the road to visit family and friends not just around the state. Unfortunately, with this increased traffic, we see an increase in accidents. Thanksgiving was one of the most dangerous holiday periods for Louisiana drivers last year, resulting in 689 injuries and five fatalities.

The Louisiana Highway Safety Commission hopes that its 11th participation in the nationwide "Click It or Ticket" campaign of information coupled with increased enforcement will encourage motorists to use their seat belts over the holiday weekend. All passengers in vehicles on Louisiana roads are required to use seat belts. Of course, special restraints like safety and booster seats are required by law for children. Police officers can stop a vehicle if they observe someone who is not properly restrained.

What are some symptoms of a traumatic brain injury?

Experiencing any injury to your body can be serious but perhaps no type of injury holds more potential to alter a person's psychological constitution than a traumatic brain injury. That's because the brain is the warehouse for our personalities. It's where our ideas about ourselves and the world around us resides.

That's also why we can sometimes detect evidence of traumatic brain injury in certain individuals. This is largely because many TBI symptoms are so closely aligned with personal behavior and cognitive functioning. Difficulty remembering things or concentrating on certain tasks are some clues to look for in a person suspected of having suffered a TBI.

Accident may spark workers’ compensation death benefit claim

On Nov. 3, a New Orleans, Louisiana, man died after his construction vehicle was forced from the Lake Ponchartrain Causeway and into the water. Authorities say that the 57-year-old traffic worker was engaged in bridge maintenance when the accident occurred. The general manager of the construction site said that the victim was driving a large truck as part of a bridge construction crew when he was struck by a garbage truck and pushed off of the Causeway.

According to the general manager, the accident occurred approximately four miles from the North Shore around 3:30 p.m. The victim had just recently been employed by Traffic Solutions Inc., apparently working for the road maintenance company for only several months prior to his death. The company owner expressed sympathy towards the victim's family and said that the fatal accident has deeply affected his staff.

Honoring Those Who Served

Today we celebrate Veterans Day, remembering and honoring all of those who have served--and currently serve--in the United States Armed Forces.

What do I say to my car insurance company after an accident?

When you're involved in an auto accident, getting medical attention for injuries is the first priority. However, it's also important that you maintain contact with your car insurance company. After an accident, there are several things that you should do as well as several that you shouldn't do. Below, you will find tips for helping you deal with your insurance company.

-- Review your insurance coverage before you call your insurance company, paying close attention to the "Coverage" and "Exclusion" parts.

The Importance of Voting

"Should things go wrong at any time, the people will set them to rights by the peaceable exercise of their elective rights."
-Thomas Jefferson

Tomorrow, people all over the United States will take to the polls to elect their governors, senators, representatives, judges, and so much more. We in Louisiana have many important races on the ballot, including United States Senator, US Representative, many judicial candidates, and a series of proposed amendments to the Louisiana Constitution.

Not seeing motorcycles is not an excuse in Louisiana

A large percentage of the motorcycle accidents in Louisiana happen because of the small size of the bikes. Since they are so much smaller than cars and other vehicles, the drivers of those vehicles will often not notice where they are on the road -- even though bikers have as much of a right to use the road as anyone else.

This can lead to many types of accidents. In some cases, cars will turn left, as if the road is clear, cutting across the path of a bike that is coming the other direction. In other cases, drivers will merge into the same lane as a motorcycle that is traveling in the same direction that they are. Furthermore, some accidents happen at stoplights when cars and trucks do not stop quickly enough, running into the backs of bikes that are already at a standstill.

Exploding airbags are a serious concern in Louisiana

Millions of cars have recently been recalled -- including some made by Honda and Toyota -- due to the fact that the airbags could actually explode. The highest concern for this, according to some reports, is in areas with high humidity. The humidity in the air and the propellant in the airbag combine in a way that makes an explosion more likely than in drier climates.

One woman was killed in Florida when this happened to her. She was driving a Honda Accord, which is a mid-sized sedan. After she got to the hospital, in the wake of the accident, medical workers thought it looked like she had been stabbed in the neck. She eventually passed away from those injuries.

Steps railway workers should take after an injury in Louisiana

Railway workers in Louisiana could be injured on the job in many different ways, and, if you work in this industry, it is important to know that you are protected by the Federal Employers Liability Act, which is also known as FELA. In order to take advantage of this protection and get the compensation that you deserve, though, you need to know about the important steps to take in the wake of an incident.

Of course, the very first thing that should be addressed is medical attention. No matter how seriously you think you have been injured, you should be seen by a medical professional. Your employer will help arrange this, so report the injury immediately so that the process can begin.

Brain injury always considered serious, no matter severity

Traumatic brain injury suffered because of a personal injury accident can lead to long-term health woes for victims. Even mild traumatic brain injury -- such as a concussion -- needs to be monitored and cared for with a sharp eye. No matter the severity of the brain injury, Louisiana victims need to treat the incident as serious and follow doctors' orders to improve their likelihood of a full recovery.

After a brain injury of any type, you should be seeking a physician's attention. However, moderate to severe brain injuries always warrant a trip to the emergency room, where staff with focus on maintaining blood pressure, preventing further injury and ensuring adequate blood supply. Secondary injuries may also occur, including those caused by inflammation or swelling.

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