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Louisiana head-on collision kills 3

Three men were killed in a head-on collision involving two pickup trucks. The accident took place on Nov. 10 around 6:30 p.m. According to police, a 19-year-old Houma man was speeding on La. 24. The vehicle was traveling in the northbound lane when it encountered an S-curve. The driver lost control in the curve and crossed the median, and his vehicle flipped.

Another pickup truck being driven by a 30-year-old Patterson man was traveling in the southbound lane when it collided head-on with the overturned car. Both trucks burst into flames, killing both drivers and a passenger in the southbound vehicle, a 54-year-old man. Everyone involved died at the scene.

How the LHWCA applies to Louisiana workers

Longshore and harbor workers in Louisiana may benefit from understanding the workers' compensation laws that apply to their position. Many of these individuals are covered under the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act. This piece of legislation financially provides for the needs of these workers in the event that they are injured while on U.S. waters or doing work on land that is related to these duties. The act also gives survivors' benefits to the next of kin of a person who died while performing these duties.

The LHWCA provides other legal protections for the workers under its umbrella. For example, the act stipulates that no employee can be fired or otherwise punished for challenging a workplace policy or fighting the institutional environment in any way. When a worker has a complaint, they will be offered mediation services to deal with the matter. In the event that the worker or the next of kin of a deceased maritime employee do not agree with the findings of a mediator, their dispute may be taken before an administrative law judge. Other legal avenues could be available if the findings are still not palatable to the employee.

Two trucks collide in Northern Louisiana, killing man

Four people suffered injuries and one man was killed in a Bossier City accident that occurred on Oct. 31. According to authorities, the crash occurred around midnight, when two pickup trucks collided at the intersection of Sligo Road and Highway 71.

One truck, traveling west, was driven by a 23-year-old man and carried three passengers. The other pickup truck, heading north, was operated by a 17-year-old driver.

Spray can alleged cause of fatal Louisiana refuse truck accident

A 57-year-old safety truck driver from New Orleans was killed on Nov. 3 in Mandeville. His truck plunged off the side of the southbound span of the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway Bridge. His truck was on the bridge to protect a roadwork convoy from accidents. It is specially designed to withstand impacts.

In this case, however, a garbage truck hit the safety truck, pushing it off the bridge and into the lake below. The convoy was indicated by numerous notices on Causeway message boards, as well as by police lights. The garbage truck driver alleges that a spray can rolling beneath his brake pedal was the cause of his failure to stop. According to accident investigators, speed was not believed to be involved. The garbage truck also ran into a Causeway police cruiser. The driver could be facing charges.

Truck hits 3 pedestrians in Louisiana; 2 teenagers killed

Two teenagers died on Oct. 30 after a speeding driver struck them in St. Martin Parish. According to a Louisiana State Police, the fatal crash occurred around 7:30 a.m. on Martin Street.

Officers say that a 32-year-old man in a 2007 Ford F-150 was traveling eastbound when he lost control of his pickup and hit three teenagers. Police claim that the man was traveling twice as fast than the posted 25 mph sign when the crash happened. After initially running off the road and entering a ditch, the truck hit a culvert and utility pole. The pickup then went into the intersection, re-entered the ditch and hit a second culvert.

Levee authority reaches $50,000 settlement with 2 companies

On Oct. 31, a settlement was reached between the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East and two oil companies from Houston. The oil companies had previously been named as defendants in a lawsuit that was filed against 97 different oil, gas and pipeline companies. After agreeing to settle for $50,000, Chroma Operating Inc. and White Oak Operating LLC were each dismissed from the claim.

Currently, a total of 86 companies are remaining as defendants in the lawsuit that was filed in July 2013. Nine other companies that were previously included in the suit were dismissed due to bankruptcy or because their inclusion was found to be inappropriate. The recent dismissal of two companies marked the first financial settlement in the lawsuit so far.

2 killed in possible drunk driving accident

On Oct. 19, a four-car accident resulted in the death of two men in Louisiana. According to police, the wreck began with an initial two-car collision before two additional cars became involved. Although the investigation is ongoing, one of the drivers has received criminal charges for drunk driving.

The car accident took place in Lake Charles at approximately 12:30 a.m. Police say a 23-year-old man was traveling along West Prien Lake Road in a 2010 Chevrolet truck when he crashed head-on with a Ford Mustang. Afterwards, two Jeeps were also involved in the wreck. Police have confirmed that the two occupants of the Ford Mustang were both killed in the crash.

21-year-old Louisiana woman killed when hit in French Quarter

Officials with the New Orleans Police Department reported that a 21-year-old female pedestrian was fatally injured after an alleged drunk driver hit a pole, causing it to topple over and strike her on the head. The accident and resulting death reportedly occurred on Oct. 19 at 5:15 am.

According to reports, the woman was to turn 22 years old the next day, but her birthday never came. She was allegedly walking on the sidewalk on Burgundy Street in its 400 block when the allegedly intoxicated man crashed into a pole supporting a balcony.

How aviation accident attorneys help victims in Louisiana

In the event of a small plane crashing upon take-off from a private airfield, a helicopter crash or any other kind of aviation accident, the biggest challenge is the fact that the impact destroys the majority of the evidence. Overcoming that particular challenge involves collecting and studying the remaining evidence to determine the cause. Whether it was mechanical failure or pilot error, it is imperative that the cause is found in a timely manner and the appropriate legal action is taken.

Accidents also happen that involve commercial airlines although they are more common with small private aircraft. In commercial airline cases, the laws are not quite the same as they are for private aircraft crashes as laws pertaining to common carriers regulate them. Commercial airlines are held to a higher standard of caution than private aircraft owners and operators. Showing that the airline failed to meet that standard is imperative when a serious accident occurs.

Jury finds drunk driver guilty of vehicular homicide

After deliberating for under an hour, a jury in Louisiana found a man guilty of vehicular homicide on Oct. 17. The conviction was a result of a fatal accident that occurred on Jan. 21, 2012. Witnesses at the trial included people who knew the victim, law enforcement officials and the second victim who was struck by the man's vehicle. At his upcoming sentencing hearing, the at-fault driver could face between five and 30 years behind bars.

The fatal car accident took place in Baton Rouge near the Pennington Biomedical Center on Perkins Road. After two men were hit by a car, one of the men was pronounced dead at the scene while the other was taken to the hospital with a shattered pelvis. The injured victim required inpatient treatment for almost one month, and he testified at the trial that he has suffered from continued memory problems because of the accident.

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