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What is a New Orleans, Louisiana, speed governor?

Speed governors in New Orleans are not elected officials that regulate the speed on the Louisiana roadways. Instead, these are safety control devices that are available on every class seven and eight truck. This standard equipment allows a truck driver to set a top speed limit when traveling on Louisiana roadways. This tool is thought to be very useful in the prevention of truck accidents.

Since 1992, speed governors have been installed in the heaviest class of 18-wheeler trucks. These on-board computers serve as a speed limiter. This is particularly useful in emergency situations. A fully loaded heavy commercial truck needs a greater distance to stop compared to the average passenger vehicle. If a truck is traveling at a slower speed, this may give the driver the chance to stop more safely and, hopefully, prevent an accident.

Product recalls during the holidays

The holiday season is here again. As Louisiana residents prepare to give and receive gifts, it is a good time to pay attention to recall alerts that are being issued by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. It is important to give gifts that are not only fun but also safe for all who may use the product.

Felt Cyclocross bicycles are being recalled due to a defect in the frame. It has been found that the frame could break and cause the rider to lose control and fall. Felt Bicycles is an Irvine, California, company that distributed their product nationwide in specialty stores from June 2014 to September 2014. Anyone that owns one of these defective bikes should contact the company immediately for a replacement. The bicycles cost anywhere from $1,200 to $1,500. Approximately 150 units are subject to the recall.

Who can file a wrongful death suit in Louisiana

The state of Louisiana allows certain people to file a wrongful death claim after the death of a loved one. A surviving spouse or children of the deceased are allowed to file a claim. If there are no children and no spouse, the parents of the deceased may file a claim for compensation. Whichever category a family member falls in one thing remains true, an experienced and resourceful attorney may be able to help loved ones with their claim.

In New Orleans, the family of a man successfully recovered compensation on a wrongful death claim. The man is believed to have died after being beaten by inmates and deputies. Though financial compensation will never fully compensate for the life of loved one, it can help the surviving family members to pay any debts that were incurred as a result of the loss.

Brain injury for Tracy Morgan

This blog periodically highlights various types of car accidents. Accidents involving tractor trailers can be particularly devastating. Today, we take a closer look at the physical injuries that can negatively affect an accident victim's life. Traumatic brain injuries are one common injury that can range from minor to severe.

In August, 2014, actor and comedian Tracy Morgan was injured when his vehicle collided with a Walmart truck. The accident left Morgan in the hospital for several weeks and one passenger in the vehicle lost their life. Recently, Morgan's representatives have announced that the comedian suffered a severe brain injury as a result of the accident.

Distracted driving is a serious problem

There are a variety of distractions that can result in drivers causing car accidents. For car accident victims who have been wrongfully harmed by another driver's negligence while talking or texting on a cell phone; playing with a radio or navigational device; or eating while driving, victims can suffer a frustrating experience. In addition, serious injuries and death are caused by distracted driving.

Victims may suffer physical, financial and emotional harm following a car accident. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the significance of the problem of distracted driving is demonstrated by the number of accidents, injuries and deaths it causes. Each day, the CDC reports, 1,153 victims are injured and 9 victims are killed in car accidents involving distracted driving.

Product recall announced for McDonald's whistle toy

The toy in the McDonald's Happy Meal is one of the appeals of the kids meal. Kids in Orleans Parish look forward to the surprise at the bottom of box, and parents trust that the toy will be safe. One recent McDonald's toy does not meet the safety test. A product recall has been issued for a popular Happy Meal toy.

The Hello Kitty Birthday Lollipop whistle reportedly comes apart too easily. The internal components of the whistle can detach and become a choking hazard to young children. As a result, the product is being recalled. Over 2 million of these toys were distributed in the United States for use with McDonald's Happy Meals. McDonald's issued the recall after a few children coughed out pieces of the whistle that had been sucked into their mouths during use of the toy. One child required medical attention after playing with the defective toy.

18-wheeler causes traffic accident

Have you ever observed an 18-wheeler hanging over the side of a highway? Anyone who traveled near the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway may have observed this peculiar sight on Thursday, October 30. After a collision with a car, a large truck dangled off the southbound bridge for several hours.

According to the bridge manager, the truck accident occurred 4 miles from the south shore. The 18-wheeler allegedly rear-ended one car and clipped another. The out-of-control truck then collided with the side of the bridge. Drivers of the vehicles that were hit were taken by ambulance to the local hospital. None of their injuries were described as life-threatening.

Baby wipe recall may lead to product liability cases

Baby products are among the most trusted items in any store. Parents and grandparents alike pay close attention to the ingredients on every package. What happens when you have read all the packages and you still find out that you have purchased a defective product for your child?

Parents throughout Louisiana should pay close attention to the baby wipes in their homes, according to recent reports regarding a product recall. The wipes in question are manufactured by Nutek Disposables, Inc. They are distributed under the following brand names: Cuties, Diapers.com, Femtex, Fred's, Kidgets, Member's Mark, Simply Right, Sunny Smiles, Tender Touch and Well Beginnings. If consumers purchased wipes from Amazon.com, Diapers.com, Walgreens, Sam's Club, Family Dollar or Fred's stores, they should check their packages.

Top GM attorney retires after product liability scandal

The last thing any Louisiana driver wants to hear is that their vehicle may have a defective car part. However, for many drivers who had GM vehicles, that's exactly what they heard regarding their ignition switches. The car maker is still under fire after waiting a reported 11 years to recall vehicles that had known ignition-switch defects. Thus far these defects have been linked to almost 30 deaths. The ignition-switch can slip out of position while the car is in motion. This causes the vehicle to stall and disable air bags. Since the start of 2014, 2.6 million vehicles have been recalled.

After almost 40 years with GM, the company's top lawyer Michael Millikin is set to say goodbye to the company. It is reported that he will retire from his position in early 2015. At age 66, Millikin has worked for GM for 38 years and has been in the top spot for the last 5 years. He will remain at his job until his replacement is named. GM spokesman Patrick Morrissey stressed that the attorney was not forced out. On the contrary, Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra and the board have asked him to stay longer as they continue to steer through the cloud of controversy.

How can I protect myself from truck accidents?

Anyone who has driven on a Louisiana highway has observed 18-wheeler trucks. These massive vehicles haul cargo throughout the United States. To stay on schedule, drivers spend long hours behind the wheel. These long hours can lead the most careful of drivers to make mistakes. Car drivers must take affirmative steps to avoid a collision.

The first thing to remember when a truck approaches your vehicle on the interstate is to remain alert. This means paying close attention to possible lane changes and swift movements from the truck. It is important to avoid blind spots on a truck. A good rule of thumb is if you cannot see the truck's side mirrors, chances are the truck driver cannot see you. This could be dangerous for both you and the truck.