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January 2017 Archives

How common, and dangerous, is fatigued truck driving?

A previous post on this blog touched on the federal regulations that require many truck drivers on the roads in and around New Orleans, Louisiana, to take periodic breaks and longer rests in order to prevent a truck accident due to a fatigued truck driver. The question might arise, and in fact has arisen among some politicians, as to whether fatigued driving really is such a huge problem among truckers that these rest rules, and particularly certain new modifications to them, are really necessary.

A fatal car accident could result in a wrongful death claim

Whether in Orleans Parish or elsewhere, traveling in a car can be a dangerous undertaking. Automobile travel is one of the most dangerous modes of travel, statistically more hazardous than traveling by airplane, train or riverboat. For example, over 3,100 deaths in 2014 were in crashes blamed on distracted drivers.

Federal regulations govern towboat safety measures

Towing vessels are an important part of the transportation and logistical infrastructure of the Mississippi River and the port of New Orleans. More than a few Orleans Parish residents go to work each day aboard a towboat. The federal government has promulgated regulations that govern general health and safety requirements aboard towing vessels. This blog post will give a brief overview of these regulations.

Nearly 30,000 strollers are affected by a product recall

In the wake of the holiday season, many parents in Louisiana may take the opportunity to go for walks with their children. They put their child in a stroller and head out. Some disturbing news involving a product recall may prompt people to check the label on their stroller before using it this week.