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Drunk Driving in the state of Louisiana

There are many factors that can lead to car accidents. Sometimes it is dangerous weather conditions or distracted driving. Other times a driver is under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Sadly, drunk driving is still a big problem in the state of Louisiana. As another holiday season begins, it is important to highlight this issue and remind drivers to designate another person to drive when alcohol is consumed.

Louisiana law states that a blood alcohol level of .08 percent or higher renders a driver too drunk to drive. To date, over 33 percent of all traffic deaths in our state have been caused by drunk driving fatalities. Car crashes that have involved blood alcohol levels of .01 percent or higher have occurred over 3,000 times. This statistic proves that even when not legally intoxicated, alcohol consumption can lead to impaired driving which can result in injury to the driver and anyone else on the road.

Major airbag recall could affect many

Airbags are designed to keep passengers safe in the event of a car accident. However, if an airbag is defective, it can lead to serious injury or death. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is charged with monitoring the manufacturing and safety of these items. However, the NHTSA's safety monitoring is only effective when the manufacturer provides accurate information. One airbag manufacture has been fined heavily for violating these safety standards and for not providing accurate information.

Louisiana allergy suffers beware: epi pen recall

For those with allergies, an epinephrine pen is an essential item that must be present at all times. From bug bites to peanut allergies, the epi pen is crucial to the survival of many allergy sufferers. However, one manufacturer is recalling their epi pens due to a malfunction that could lead to death.

Hands-free innovations can still result in a distracted driver

Drivers in New Orleans and across the country are keenly aware of the dangers of texting and driving and using smartphones while operating their vehicles. Given the way that car manufacturers and smartphone manufacturers are tasked with keeping up with the times while maintaining safety, it is a challenge to find ways to prevent a car accident while simultaneously allowing drivers to stay connected. However, even someone who is taking steps to avoid being a careless driver by using hands-free technology might still be at risk for a crash due to being a distracted driver.

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has looked into the length of distraction a driver will face if he or she is using new innovations in technology to have voice commands operate smartphones and various systems while driving. It found that people can still be distracted for up to 27 seconds when sending text messages, changing entertainment channels, and dialing their phone while operating their vehicles. The idea behind the research is to look into cognitive distractions. It indicates that in spite of maintaining eyes on the road and hands on the wheel, there is still a lack of focus on driving.

Worker killed aboard drilling ship off Louisiana coast

It is important that workers are protected which is why different legal options may be available to protect workers and their families who have suffered work-related harm. A 34-year old man was recently killed on a drilling ship off the coast of Louisiana. The victim was married and had three children. Reports noted that the family of the victim had not been provided with many details concerning the death, what happened and how the victim died. Both the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and the U.S. Coast Guard are investigating the fatal accident aboard the drilling ship.

A BSEE representative reported that Chevron was operating the drilling ship at the time the fatal accident took place. The BSEE representative also reported that they would not be regularly providing reports concerning the investigation. According to family, the victim had been working on the drilling ship since January and was due to return home to his family in two weeks. The victim had previously worked in the construction industry.

Volkswagen's recall problems run deep

Drivers of Volkswagen vehicles were recently given disturbing news. The car company that had become known for fuel efficiency and safety revealed that it had cheated on efficiency tests. As a result, the company faces public backlash and fines for its actions.

Products liability: Cheerios recalled in Louisiana

Cereal is a staple on the Louisiana breakfast table. Even citizens with gluten allergies can enjoy this popular food. Cereal manufacturers must take the appropriate steps to ensure that each box produced is free from allergens and safe for consumers. Food giant, General Mills, has issued a voluntary recall of one of their most popular cereals.

Consumers who enjoy the gluten-free original and Honey Nut Cheerios need to take note. The wrong flour was utilized during the production. Individuals with gluten allergies should check their boxes to determine if the box owned is affected.

Fast and Furious actor's daughter sues for wrongful death

Both Louisiana movie goers and car enthusiasts generally were horrified by the death of Fast and Furious franchise star, Paul Walker. The actor died in a fiery crash in a Porsche Carrera GT. Two years after the fatal crash, his daughter now pursues a wrongful death claim.

Defect Fujitsu laptop battery recalled in Louisiana

Laptops and smart phones have become a part of everyday life in Louisiana. These products are present as we interact with our friends and family. They are also an important part of how we do business in the state. The safety of these products must be ensured to prevent injuries. Accordingly, a recall of a defective laptop battery is cause for concern.

Louisiana wrongful death lawsuit filed by victim's family

Incidents of Louisiana domestic violence can sometimes escalate and become deadly. One such incident occurred Sept. 23, 2014, and it involved a St. John the Baptist sheriff. The officer was killed during the standoff and his family now brings a wrongful death lawsuit against the Louisiana State Police.