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Lowering risk of head-on collisions

Head-on collisions are some of the deadliest kinds of motor vehicle accidents in Louisiana. The kinds of injuries that can result from such accidents vary as much as other accidents, but they can be far deadlier.

U.S. News and World Report described just such a tragedy that occurred very recently in the New Orleans area.

Guiding you through a legal action following a car accident

Now that the holiday season is upon us, we are likely to see an influx in traffic on the roadways. Individuals and families in Louisiana and elsewhere are busy shopping for gifts, visiting family, going to holiday events and attending parties. The hustle and bustle of the holiday season brings much enjoyment but it also brings stress. Motorists are in a rush to get through their busy schedules, often failing to take necessary cautions while driving. In addition to the concerns regarding distracted driving, there is also a heightened concern for drunk driving. These dangers on the roadways put the lives of other drivers and passengers at risk.

A serious or fatal car crash is the last thing one wants to be involved in during the holidays or any other time of the year. The aftermath of a collision can be devastating, resulting in much pain and suffering. At the Law offices of Brent J. Rhodes, our skilled legal team has dealt with a wide variety of automobile collisions. Thus, we are prepared to help victims in the Houma area understand the cause of the crash and who is accountable for it.

Common car accident injuries

Houma area residents do not expect they will ever be in a car accident, but almost every driver will be at least one car accident during their driving career. Most of the time, these accidents are minor fender-benders, but serious accidents also happen, and they injure and kill thousands each year.

Car accidents are a leading cause of injuries and death for residents of Louisiana and the United States. Each year there are over 5.6 million car accidents reported with over 30,000 fatalities and 1.6 million injuries in the United States. Car accidents can cause many different types of injuries. Head and back injuries are among the more serious injuries a person can receive in a car accident. A person can hit their head against the steering wheel, windows or dash.

What do the burn injury classifications mean?

Louisiana residents who have suffered a serious burn injury know how traumatic and painful these injuries can be. These injuries often result in long recovery times and careful medical treatments.

There are four different classifications of burn injuries, and different burns are classified according to how severe they are and how far they go into the body.

Serious injuries can occur with motorcycle accidents

Many Houma, Louisiana, residents enjoy riding their motorcycles throughout town. Drivers need to be aware of these motorcycles whenever they are sharing the road. Motorcycle accident often cause very serious injuries.

When a person is involved in a motorcycle accident, the injuries suffered can be devastating. Because of the way motorcycle riders are exposed, they don't have as much protection as those who are in cars or trucks. It is not surprising, then, that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 80% of accidents involving motorcycles result in injuries.

Importance of recognizing symptoms of brain injury

Brain injuries are some of the most tragic of damages a person can suffer in a motor vehicle accident. Because some of the signs of a brain injury may be vague or transient, injured people may not recognize the injury.

As reported by KSLA News, a car wreck a year ago put a woman into a month long coma. Her brain injury was clear from the onset. And her battle to survive and recover has not been a short one.

Houma man killed in boating accident

Many people in the Houma area enjoy getting out in local waters. Whether they're fishing, relaxing, or enjoying other water activities, they know that Louisiana offers many water adventures. Most of the time these are enjoyed safely by everyone, but occasionally a serious accident occurs.

A Houma man is dead following a boating accident in Terrebonne Parish. The man was operating a boat in Bayou Labout when it collided with another boat. Witnesses say that other boat ran over the victim's boat. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is investigating the accident.

Football players and traumatic brain injuries

There are many young boys who aspire to play football in Louisiana. Football is a big sport among youngsters, but there is new research out that it may cause traumatic brain injuries and more and more parents are opting not to allow their children to play.

One of the largest studies regarding football and traumatic brain injuries was recently completed. The study showed that 110 out of 111 deceased NFL players had a form of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, which is a degenerative brain disorder caused by repeated head trauma. Among all people involved in the study who had played football on various levels, 87 percent had some form of the disease. The disease tends to increase based on how long a person has been playing football. High school players had a more mild form, while college and professional players had more severe forms. Among the players who had a severe form, over 85% had dementia and 95 percent had cognitive disorders related to memory, attention and executive function. These findings are alarming for anyone who plays football.

Do not text and drive: Louisiana texting-and-driving laws

The distractions caused by phones in the car are well-documented and so are the hazards of driving while distracted. What you may not know is how often these accidents occur.

Distracted-driver accidents are frequent. Just a few weeks ago in Mire, Louisiana, an 18-year-old woman was arrested for texting while driving after she drove a motorcyclist into the back of a school bus with her pickup. Three people were taken to the hospital for minor injuries and thankfully no students were hurt.

Cause of Louisiana highway tragedy unclear

If you drive north of Houma for about an hour and a half, you will arrive in Ponchatoula. The town in Tangipahoa Parish was recently the site of a highway crash that took the lives of two people.

The elderly couple was driving north on Interstate 55 when their 2002 Ford Explorer was hit from behind by a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado. The impact caused the Explorer to slam into a bridge rail to the right and then veer back across both of the northbound lanes, overturn and slam into the bridge railing on the left, a spokesperson for the Louisiana State Police said.

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