Causes of Car accidents in Lake Charles

Posted by on Apr 5, 2015 in Automotible Accidents | 0 comments

Lake Charles is the 6th largest city in Louisiana, which means more car accidents. About 33,000 people in the US die every year from vehicular accidents, or one every 15 minutes. It is the leading cause of death for younger Americans. However, that is not the end of the story. There are approximately 2.3 million injuries resulting from a car-related accident, or about 43 every minute. Many are minor, but way too many are serious injuries with long-term consequences.

Some of these may be due to slippery roads or mechanical failure, but in many cases (98%) the accident is caused by the negligent or irresponsible behavior of one driver. The most common of these behaviors include:

  • Looking at something other than the road (rubbernecking)
  • Using a cell phone
  • Fiddling with a GPS or radio tuner
  • Sightseeing
  • Being distracted by passengers
  • Fatigue
  • Driving too fast in poor (road, weather, etc.) conditions
  • Drunk or intoxicated driving

It only takes a few seconds of distraction or a slight impairment for an accident to occur. While the driver does not usually intend to harm others, they are still liable for any injuries or death that occurs. Any Lake Charles car accident lawyer would point out that but for that reckless or careless act, the accident would not have happened.

This is the reason why drivers in the US are required to have liability insurance. A motor vehicle is like a loaded gun, and in the hands of an irresponsible driver, it can cause devastating harm. It takes only a single human error to end a life. In a recent accident in Lake Charles, a drunk driver failed to negotiate a turn and crashed the car into a tree. An unrestrained female passenger flew from the vehicle in the crash and died on the scene.

If you have been seriously injured in a negligent car accident, you are probably in need of financial assistance. You have every right to sue the negligent driver, the insurer, or both for damages in Lake Charles. Speak with a Houston, Texas personal injury lawyer for more information.

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Truck Accidents are Fatal to Others

Posted by on Apr 3, 2014 in Automotible Accidents | 0 comments

In most cases where an accident involves a truck and a smaller vehicle, the truck driver usually comes out unscathed while the other driver is seriously injured, or dead, no matter the circumstances. This is what happened in a recent incident on Delaware Route 1 (Del. 1).
A man driving a passenger car ran a red light on the intersection of Del. 1 and Broadkill Road (Del. 16), clipping the front right bumper of a dump truck turning into Del. 16 and spinning before stopping at the eastbound lane of Del. 16. The truck driver was apparently not at fault, and it was the car that hit the truck, but the truck driver suffered no injuries while the car driver was declared dead on the scene.

The website of the Williams Kherkher Law Firm, states that truck accidents usually have dire consequences for the other person, which is why commercial truck drivers are strictly regulated. Driver error, distracted driving, and falling asleep at the wheel are common causes of truck accidents, so federal regulations require drivers to undergo extensive training and regular drug and alcohol test, forbid them to use mobile phones unless it is hands-free, and mandate specific hours of service (HOS).

In the example above, the accident was probably not the fault of the truck driver, but many do violate regulations and causing accidents that could have been avoided. Alternatively, truck owners may also be culpable by failing to properly maintain and repair vehicles, encouraging drivers to go beyond HOS, or hiring drivers which are unqualified to operate commercial vehicles.

If you have been injured in a truck accident that was due to negligence of a third party, be sure to find out if you can sue them for compensation. Consult with a reputable truck accident lawyer in your area to have your case assessed.

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