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Exceptions to the portal-to-portal rule

The portal-to-portal rule essentially says that your commute does not officially count as time at work. Therefore, if you're driving in to work or driving home, and you get in a car accident, your employer does not have to pay workers' compensation benefits. This is true even though you wouldn't have been driving had you not had to commute to your job.

There are exceptions, though, such as:

The importance of an autopsy to a wrongful death case

An autopsy can come about in two different ways. First, if the death itself seems suspicious, the state may demand that one be done as part of the criminal investigation. However, even if one isn't ordered, it's important for people to remember that they can still ask for one.

The autopsy will do a few different things, but the main goal is to prove, from a medical and scientific standpoint, why the person passed away. This proof can then be used in court. Even in cases where it seems obvious, an autopsy may be able to remove all doubt.

Futurists predict massive self-driving car boom to begin in 2025

The technology behind self-driving cars is intriguing as much as it is life-saving. If successful and safe, a self-driving car can eliminate drunk driving and distracted driving by replacing a human driver -- who is vulnerable to making bad decisions, human error and becoming distracted -- with a computer that does not make these kinds of mistakes.

Already, many people rely on drivers to transport themselves and their families around during the day. Be it an elderly person, a business person, a mother or a disabled person, these individuals know how convenient and helpful having a driver is. Sometimes these individuals employ full-time drivers and other times they just call up a taxi or limo at the spur of the moment when needed. The problem is, the cost of a private driver or taxi driver is exorbitant, so its convenience is not accessible to everyone.

2 Jennings residents involved in fatal motorcycle accident

A woman was riding on the back of a motorcycle last weekend when she and the motorcycle's driver were involved in a tragic crash. The woman was ejected from the bike and died s a result of the injuries. The driver of the bike was also ejected, but he was fortunate to survive.

Just prior to 11 a.m., the Louisiana State Police Troop D reported to the accident site along Interstate 10. There, authorities found a 54-year-old man from Jennings, Louisiana, who had been driving the motorcycle. Police reports indicate that the motorcyclist had lost control of his vehicle, drove off the road and hit a fence.

1 skill used by racecar drivers to prevent accidents

An injurious car accident can be devastating in terms of your health, your finances and your ability to work and hold down a job. For that reason, it is important to have as many skills as possible to prevent an accident from happening. This article will talk about a braking skill that all race car drivers know, but most drivers have not mastered. This is a great skill that can help you be more agile in your vehicle and avoid getting into a crash.

Racecar drivers know the limits of their vehicles better than anyone else. That's because they are always pushing their cars to the edge. Because of this vehicle knowledge, racecar drivers have learned how to separate the need to brake from the need to make a turn. In most cases, racecar drivers brake before they make their turn, not during the turn. They brake, stop braking, turn and after the turn, hey hit the gas to accelerate. This strategy gives racecar drivers a lot more traction when they are making a turn so that they can make the turn faster with less chance of losing control of their vehicles.

New technology could save pedestrian lives, says Google

Google has touted the advanced accident-avoidance capabilities of its self-driving cars as superior to those of human-driven cars. In fact, the company boasts some very impressive test statistics. However, accidents will still inevitably occur -- whether it is the Google car's fault or not -- and when these instances involve a pedestrian, the company has an idea that it says will save lives.

The idea is a little bit like flypaper. Google has patented an invention that would cause pedestrians that hit vehicles equipped with this technology to get stuck on the front of the car like a little bug. Indeed, a breakable shell exterior covers a highly adhesive material. When the shell is broken by a pedestrian getting hit by the vehicle, the pedestrian will get instantaneously stuck to the car. The reason this is helpful is because the pedestrian will not bounce off the car and strike something else, like another vehicle, the sidewalk or the Google car's windshield.

What kind of claim can I file after a brain injury?

There are many different types of brain injuries from which that Louisiana residents can suffer. Some are mild concussions that resolve themselves without any permanent or disabling effects. However, when the brain injury is more severe, it could leave the victim with lifelong disabilities — disabilities that are emotional, psychological and/or physical in nature. When disabilities are serious, a lot of costs will be associated with them, and many of those costs will be lifelong, due to lost ability to earn an income, therapy, in-home assistance and other medical expenses.

Louisiana residents who have suffered a serious and disabling brain injury can file a claim for damages if their brain injury was caused as a result of another party's negligence, recklessness or unlawful behavior. The nature of the legal claim that the individual can file will largely depend on the circumstances that surround the brain injury. For example, if the brain injury was caused by a car accident, a slip and fall event, or intentional harm, the victim may have the ability to seek a personal injury or premises liability claim against the party whose behavior caused the accident.

Bill to repeal Louisiana motorcycle helmet requirement loses vote

The Louisiana motorcycle helmet law was almost repealed after a measure to remove the legislation narrowly failed last month. The helmet law repealed required 53 votes to pass, but it received 49 votes in favor and 46 against.

According to one state representative in favor of the measure, the proposal was a bill to promote personal choice. He said that motorcyclists under the age of 21 still needed to wear helmets and complete a special training course under the measure. However, older motorcyclists would be permitted to go helmet free.

Workers' compensation claims in Jefferson

Most Jefferson employers strive to ensure that workplace dangers are minimized and their workers are safe. However, it doesn't matter how many safety precautions are taken. Some workers are always going to get hurt -- either by accident, through their' own fault or because of something the employer did or failed to do.

Even workplaces that seem very safe, like an office building, can present many dangers to workers. For example, office workers can develop serious back problems due to their sedentary working habits. They can also develop carpal tunnel syndrome from spending the entire day at the keyboard.

What the Email Privacy Act Means For You

On Wednesday, April 27, 2016, the US House of Representatives passed the Email Privacy Act by a vote of 419-0 in a burst of bipartisanship rarely seen in Congress. The bill now must pass through the Senate and receive a signature from President Obama before it becomes law, though both of these things are widely expected to happen.

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