Motorcycles are becoming more and more popular in society, associated with freedom and the open road. However, the harsh reality is that motorcycles are often far more dangerous than a normal car. With less protection and a smaller vehicle, motorcycle accidents can be some of the most devastating and terrifying. When cars fail to drive properly around motorcycles, these dangers are increased and can lead to life changing injuries.

There are many causes of motorcycle accidents. Due to their smaller size, motorcycles are less visible to cars overall making it harder for drivers to see them. Motorcycles also have no metal barrier between them and other vehicles around them like normal cars. This also means that debris that may not affect a car, like small objects or wet roads, can cause a motorcycle to be in a serious accident. Motorcycle drivers require a higher skill level to drive a less stable two-wheel car. Sadly, even if motorcyclists take the proper precautions, the reckless actions of another driver can lead to a life-threatening accident.

The consequences of motorcycle accidents can stretch far beyond having to replace the vehicle. Along with immediate medical bills, a motorcycle accident can leave an individual out of work for good if the injury sustained was too great, according to the website of Crowe and Mulvey. This can cause physical and emotional trauma for an individual that lasts long beyond when their injuries heal. While motorcyclists need to take proper precautions, such as wearing a helmet, to ensure safety, it is also the responsibility of drivers to respect motorcycles and drive cautiously around them.

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Did you know that Louisiana is one of the few states (and the first) to have a direct action statute for car accidents and other tort actions? Direct action means that an injured party can directly name the insurance company of the tortfeasor (wrongdoer) as the defendant in a personal injury lawsuit.

This is an important factor. The main advantage of being in a direct action state is that the plaintiff no longer has to sue the insured (who was the actual wrongdoer) first and then going through the process of claiming from the insurance company if the lawsuit is successful. In effect, the plaintiff can eliminate that extra step.

Another advantage is that if the plaintiff can prove that the tortfeasor has the right liability insurance coverage, the judge or the jury is more likely to award larger damages. They are typically more likely to do this if they know that an insurance company rather than the insured will be paying it. If the defendant is an individual with no insurance, juries are more likely to be sympathetic and reluctant to pass down a large award.

Louisiana is the first state to have a direct action statute. It has been in place since 1918, and it is based on the rationale that insurance coverage for car accidents is for the protection of the public, and not for the insured. It is therefore logical for an injured party to make a claim directly to the insured’s carrier. However, the plaintiff still has to prove that the insured acted negligently and that it is the proximate cause of serious injury or death.

As pointed out on the website of Ali Mokarram, proving negligence in a car accident is not going to be easy. With a one-year statute of limitations, and the added complication of the time restrictions that may exist in the insurance policy, it is crucial that the plaintiff files a lawsuit as soon as possible after an accident.

If you sustained serious injuries in a negligent car accident in Lake Charles or any other part of Louisiana, you need to act quickly. Consult with a car accident lawyer in your area as soon as possible.

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Road safety has always been one of the top priorities not only for the government, but also for the manufacturers and eventually the drivers of these vehicles. There are many ways that a car accident can occur on the road: distractions, defective auto parts, negligence, drunk driving, and many others. In order to combat the rising number of car accidents in the United States, the government is now trying to urge motorist to have “talking” technology in their vehicles in an attempt to prevent road accidents.

In the past, the most important safety feature that most cars have has been seat belts and air bags. Although it does help in securing the safety of the driver and passengers, it is not enough to prevent serious injury once a car accident does occur. Because of this, technological advances have looked into further enhancing the safety feature of cars in order to lower the risks of injury or death when car collisions occur. According to various companies, this technology will feature vehicle-to-vehicle communications systems that would automatically let cars provide and exchange safety data and would signal drivers of imminent collisions once the car senses that another vehicle in too close or is speeding.

Although the safety feature is still in its initial stage, one implemented, the government suggests it could prevent at least 80 percent of road accidents. The US Department of Transportation hopes that once the vehicle-to-vehicle communication system is complete, every vehicle will be required to install the safety system. It has already been hailed as the next generation of improvements for vehicle safety, a great shift from the passive safety technology that seatbelts and airbags provide to a much more active safety technology.

Preventing a car accident is always a better option than having to pay for medical bills due to a serious injury or fatality. This is why aside from the vehicle-to-vehicle communication system, back-up cameras and crash avoidance systems are already being used by many motorists. Installed cameras around the vehicle can help provide the driver proper view of those around him or her, and crash avoidance systems help alert motorists of other vehicles around them. These car safety technological advances could effectively lower or prevent car accidents in the near future.

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Driver distraction is one of the top reasons for road accidents. According to the Hazardous Materials Safety Administration and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (both divisions of the Department of Transportation), “driver distraction” actually has different divisions (visual, manual, auditory, and cognitive) that can be voluntary or involuntary. The diversion can be a person, even, or object that can attract the attention of the driver, shifting his or her focus from the primary focus which is driving. The use of cell phones or mobile phones has qualified for all four divisions of distraction, therefore severely compromising the safety of the truck driver and other motorists and pedestrians.

Because of the danger of cell phone use, many trucking companies have already started using a Bluetooth headset for communication. Furthermore, a federal ban on using hand-held cell phones was already implemented last January, 2012. The law has ruled out the use of hand-held cell phones while to vehicle is moving or while they are stopped for a light or on a stop sign. Emergency calls are allowed.

There are, however, people who argue about the safety of using a Bluetooth headset. Being hands-free can really be a great improvement since it keeps the truck driver’s hands on the wheel, but many disagree. According to earlier studies, driving requires a lot of concentration, and even a small distraction can greatly increase the chances of an 18-wheeler accident to occur. According to, a mere three seconds of driver distraction can already prove fatal and lead to serious road accidents.  At 60mph, you’re traveling 88 feet every second. At high speeds, it’s plain to see that a lot can change in three seconds.

The federal law of prohibiting the use of hand-held cell phones definitely has its advantages, and could certainly prevent driver distraction and potential 18-wheeler accidents. It is, nevertheless, important to understand that cell phone use is not the only distraction that a truck driver can have; there are other gadgets that they are using, such as radio units and GPS consoles. Technologies such as these can already be a distraction to many truck drivers, therefore regulations alone may not be enough to prevent 18-wheeler accidents from happening. We just have to trust truckers to behave responsibly, at least while they’re on assignment.

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