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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.

Louisiana wrongful death claim takes new turn

The death of a loved one is devastating. Moving forward can be particularly difficult when there is a belief that the death was caused by the wrong doing of another person. The family of Willie Lee is now seeking justice through a wrongful death claim filed against Sheriff Marlin Gusman.

Lee died on March 15, 2014, while in police custody. The 40-year-old was arrested for criminal trespass, unauthorized entry and criminal damage to property. It has been alleged that Lee died after being beaten by inmates and abused by deputies who failed to provide proper medical attention after his injuries. Instead, Lee died after a fatal cardiac arrest.

What is product liability in Louisiana?

From time to time, this blog features product recalls that may affect citizens of Louisiana. This firm sounds the alarm on these products as a public service to our community. This week, no product is highlighted. Instead, an overview of the legal theory behind products liability cases will be explained.

Products liability refers to the manufacturer or seller of a product that is being held responsible for the injuries done to a consumer. A product is expected to meet the ordinary expectations of the consumer. If the product injures the consumer, it has failed its purpose. Therefore, any party involved in the chain of distribution of a product could be held liable in products liability. Product manufacturer, manufacturer of component parts or retail store may all be responsible to the consumer, if a product is defective.

What is "maintenance and cure" in a maritime injury case?

"Maintenance and cure" is a term that comes up often in cases involving workers who have been injured while working in Louisiana's maritime industries. To explain what it means first requires some background information.

Accidents can happen at any kind of workplace, and any kind of worker can be injured on the job. After a serious injury, workers may face huge medical expenses or long periods without income while they recover. This can create a financial disaster for Louisiana workers, no matter what kind of work they do. The good news is that, for most workers injured on the job, there is help available. However, the laws that provide help for maritime workers are different than those that apply to most other workers.

Major fire alarm recall prompts questions of product liability

Smoke detectors are an essential tool used to keep us safe in the event of a fire. Each year consumers are reminded to test their smoke detectors and change the batteries to ensure optimal function. What if this is not enough to keep your smoke detector functioning properly? This is the case for over one million Kidde smoke detectors that have been sold in the United States.

Kidde is manufactured in China by Fyrnetics Ltd. These smoke detectors are sold at Home Depot and online at Amazon.com. The problem with these detectors is their failure to reset after a power outage. Subsequently, if a fire breaks out after a power outage, consumers may not be alerted. Kidde is offering free replacement detectors to consumers who have purchased the defective models.