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I-10 Crash Kills Good Samaritan And Seriously Injures Driver

A runaway tractor-trailer killed a bystander as he tried to help a stranded motorist re-attach a U-Haul trailer to her vehicle. According to Louisiana State Police, the large truck wreck occurred on westbound Interstate 10 in Henderson. As 26-year-old Tanika Adams, of Jacksonville, Fla., pulled a trailer with her Volkswagen Tiguan, it came loose and blocked the outside lane. Ms. Adams pulled...

Gruesome Highway Crash Kills One

A pickup truck ran over a woman in the road after she was ejected from her car in a vehicle crash. The wreck occurred on southbound U.S. Highway 61 between Kenner and Laplace. Per Louisiana State Police, 20-year-old Angelica Matamoros drifted across the center line and collided with 23-year-old Norman Porter, who driving an SUV. Ms. Matamoros was not restrained...

Court Orders ‘Immature And Stupid” Drivers To Pay $5.5 Million

An East Baton Rouge court closed the book on a 2013 serious injury collision that killed five people. Citing their "immaturity and stupidity," District Judge William Morvant ordered 34-year-old David Leger and 27-year-old Kelsye Hall to pay $5.5 million to the families of the five victims. According to evidence presented at trial, Mr. Leger and Ms. Hall played a high-speed game...

The Bayou State: A Great Place To Work

The workplace accident rate in Louisiana dropped to its lowest rate in fourteen years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Only the District of Columbia had a lower workplace accident rate than Louisiana's 1.9 per 100 full-time workers. That figure is almost half the national average, and Louisiana has been below the national average since recordkeeping began. Louisiana Workers'...

Multi-Milliondollar Verdict In Wrongful Death Case

An Ascension Parish jury ordered the State of Louisiana and a negligent driver to pay a father and mother $4.4 million after a truck accident killed two of their children. In June 2014, 9-year-old Sarai Lanus, 6-year-old Daylon Lanus, their father David Lanus, and several other people were fishing near the side of Bluff Road in Prairieville, when 47-year-old Shawnette...

Good Samaritan Rescues Children From Burning Vehicle

A mother faces multiple charges after she allegedly drove off the road while intoxicated, causing serious injuries to her four children. State troopers say that 29-year-old Kate Davis lost control of her 2005 Buick while northbound on U.S. Highway 165 near State Highway 101. The van left the road, entered a ditch, smashed into a culvert, and went airborne before...

Common Insurance Company Defenses

Part of being an aggressive and effective advocate for victims means working hard to develop a winning case. Since the plaintiff has the burden of proof, a successful case is built with solid evidence. An attorney must also have a clear theory of the personal injury case, and be able to explain the applicable law to the jury. At the...

What’s The Difference Between ‘Fault’ And ‘Liability?’

Two people were seriously injured in a truck wreck in Iberia Parish, and legal responsibility is unclear even though the fault seems clear cut. According to state troopers, a passenger vehicle carrying three people crossed from the westbound to the eastbound side of Louisiana Highway 14 near the U.S. Highway 90 interchange. The car then hit the front wheels of...

Drunk Driver Indirectly Kills Local Cyclist

An intoxicated motorist caused a fatal collision which killed a nearby bicyclist. Lake Charles police state that the crash occurred near the intersection of Alamo and Kirkman. Jaylin Jack ignored a red light while northbound on Kirkman, and smashed his Chevrolet Impala into a Hyundai Accent that was westbound on Alamo. Mr. Jack's vehicle then spun around and hit Shawn Allison as...

3 Steps To Settling Cases On Favorable Terms

Almost all personal injury cases -- upwards of 90 percent, in most jurisdictions -- settle before trial, and many of these cases settle before a lawsuit is even filed. In most cases, the insurance company must present a reasonable settlement offer within thirty days, if liability is relatively clear. However, there are many loopholes in this standard, and the settlement process can...