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Louisiana's deadly car accident stats have declined

Fatal car accidents are happening a lot less frequently in the state of Louisiana. From 2007 through 2013, when statistics are available, we have seen a 28 percent drop in car crash deaths in our state. The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development released the new statistics on Nov. 19 in the 2015 Louisiana Statewide Transportation Plan. In addition to deadly accidents, all types of accidents have been declining since 2007.

Information from state records and Louisiana State University show that deadly accidents dropped from 900 in 2007 down to 251 in 2013. That is a sizable drop over just a six-year timeframe. During the same amount of time, injurious car accidents declined by 9.6 percent and property damage-causing collisions declined by 0.5 percent.

What benefits does workers' compensation pay?

Injured Louisiana workers can often seek financial help by filing a workers' compensation claim. Generally, if the injuries happened while the worker was performing his or her job duties, then the person can qualify for a variety of benefits.

The workers' compensation benefits that a worker can receive will depend on the extent and nature of his or her injuries. For example, if the worker is unable to return to work due to the injuries, then replacement income may be sought. Although the replacement income will be less than the workers' original income (usually about two-thirds the original wage), the workers' compensation payments will be tax exempt, so the injured person may actually be receiving close to the same amount of money in take home pay.

U.S. 51 vehicle crash kills 1 woman

A 39-year-old mother lost her life in a tragic car accident last Monday morning. In addition to killing the woman, the collision also left three people injured. Among the victims was a 1-year-old child.

The accident happened at approximately 10 a.m., as the deceased woman was driving a Nissan Altima in the northbound lanes of U.S. 51, not far from Palmetto Drive. A GMC Envoy, which was traveling in a southbound direction, crossed into oncoming traffic and collided with the woman's car. The Envoy was being driven by a 24-year-old man from Luling.

NOLA-area Hospitals Ranked by Healthcare Nonprofit

Research data unveiled by the healthcare watchdog group LeapFrog provides a glimpse into how well the New Orleans area's hospitals stack up against each other and against others nationwide. The nonprofit organization gives hospitals a simple letter grade for overall quality, safety, and efficiency, as well as more specific breakdowns for individual areas.

13-year-old girl killed in tragic car crash

A junior high school student from Monroe, Louisiana, was recently killed in a tragic car accident. The 13-year-old girl was riding as a passenger in a vehicle that did not stop at a stop sign. After entering the intersection, her car was hit by another vehicle.

Louisiana State Police responded to the two-vehicle crash just before 7:45 p.m., last Thursday. At the crash site, police say they found a 2013 Toyota SUV and a 2003 Ford pickup. After analyzing the evidence, police learned that the accident happened after the SUV failed to stop at a stop sign.

Tips for braking safely on a motorcycle

Louisiana motorcyclists are at risk of suffering more severe and deadlier injuries than motor vehicle drivers. Therefore, it is important for motorcyclists to learn as many safety tips as possible. One area that motorcyclists can benefit from learning more about is braking.

Unlike car drivers, motorcyclists actually have two different brakes to choose from when slowing down -- a front one and a back one. This begs the question: which brake is more effective? Generally, the front brake is the most efficient at stopping the vehicle and supplies anywhere from 60 to 80 percent of the motorcycle's stopping power. This is because, as the bike stops, more weight is transferred to the front of the bike, making the front wheel more important for braking.

Important statistics about closed head trauma

Closed head trauma is a type of head injury that does not involve an open wound. Although the external signs of closed head trauma may not be extremely evident, these kinds of injuries can result in permanent brain damage and serious lifetime disabilities. This article will discuss recent statistics relating to the prevalence of such injuries.

In the United States, we see approximately 200 instances of closed head trauma for every 100,000 people annually. Considering that there are approximately 291.6 million people in the United States, this means that about 570,000 people suffer closed head trauma wounds every year. Sadly, 15 percent of these individuals die as a result of the injury transport to the emergency room for treatment.

Has my car been recalled and is it safe?

In the last few years, there have been numerous automobile recalls all over the world due to various defects and other dangerous problems that could cause accidents, injuries and fatalities.

Considering the sheer number of cars that have been recalled, many will never be fixed, and you might find yourself the owner of one of these unfixed cars — particularly if you purchase a used vehicle or do not happen to hear about the recall of a vehicle you already own.

Assistance for injured Louisiana workers

A workplace injury would be devastating for your life and career if it were not for the Louisiana workers' compensation program, which provides benefits to most workers who suffer an on-the-job injury or illness. However, just because workers are covered does not mean that the system is always easy to navigate. For example, many workers wonder how to go about getting medical care benefits and choosing a physician to treat them after an on-the-job accident or illness.

The Louisiana Workers' Compensation Corporation provides injured workers with necessary and reasonable medical treatment if its investigators determine that a particular claim is indeed covered under Louisiana state workers' compensation laws. If the worker is deemed to be covered, then benefits will be received in a timely manner. However, if the claim is denied or returned as deficient, then it may be necessary for the worker to resolve the deficiencies by resubmitting the claim, and/or filing a workers' compensation appeal to get the claim reconsidered.

What are the steps to collecting workers' compensation?

Injured workers aren't probably thinking much about who is paying for medical care when they are first injured. However, after receiving treatment, many likely want to know what they should do next. Here is how the workers' compensation process goes in Louisiana.

You have a right to seek medical care from the physician of your choice. You should explain to the physician that your injury is work-related. Also give the doctor the name of your employer and tell him or her that the insurer is the Louisiana Workers' Compensation Corporation, or LWCC.

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