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March 28th, 2012
March 28, 2012
In an effort to shock teens into learning the dangers of drunk driving, Choudrant High School administrators set up a mock crash scene for their students to witness. According to The News Star, the Lincoln Parish branch of the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission’s Safe Communities program sponsored the scenario.
Members of the student council acted in the scenario, which opens with a head-on collision of a Ford Mustang and a pickup truck. Next to the wreckage lies a student who is “dead,” while an “injured” student lies across the hood of the Mustang. In the dramatization, two students on their way to prom find the wreckage and call 911. Rescue crews and deputies from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s and Fire Departments respond to the scene. They airlift the injured student away and cover the dead body, and the driver is arrested for DUI.
Officers and rescue crews answered all student questions after the activity. Safe Communities coordinator Jenny Crume stated, “The number one thing we wanted to get across was not to drink underage. The second thing is you wouldn’t let someone you care about get into a car with someone who is drunk behind the wheel.”
The Louisiana Drunk Driving Accident Lawyers with Dudley DeBosier Injury Lawyers know that teens may be pressured to drink and drive before prom. The firm hopes that teens can rise above the peer pressure and refrain from drinking.
March 21st, 2012
March 21, 2012
When a fatal car accident occurs, the family of a victim can file a personal injury lawsuit against the driver whose actions caused the crash. But who is held responsible if improper road construction is to blame for the crash?
According to The Advocate, the families of five victims of a fatal accident that occurred almost a year ago are suing the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development for the loss of their loved ones. They claim that if the state had installed guardrails or a cable barrier system along the highway where their loved ones died, they may still be alive today.
It all began on March 13 of last year along I-10 in East Baton Rouge Parish. Two vehicles were racing when the driver of the rear vehicle lost control. He overcorrected, causing him to skid into oncoming lanes of traffic and then collide with another vehicle head-on. The car that was hit burst into flames, killing all five people inside.
The two racing drivers were charged with five counts of negligent homicide and have pled innocent to the charges. The male driver also faces DUI charges.
Last month, the families of the victims filed the lawsuits naming the DOT and the two drivers as responsible for the crash.
The Louisiana Auto Accident Lawyers with Dudley DeBosier Injury Lawyers express their condolences to the families of those who died in this tragic accident.
March 14th, 2012
March 14, 2012
A survivor of the Transocean oil rig explosion formally asked a U.S. District Court judge to free his case from tied up litigation by allowing him a separate trial in a Texas courtroom. Reports from the Bloomberg News say that the man is one of about a dozen cases that have not been settled in connection to the explosion.
The man’s case has been delayed by ongoing litigation aiming to establish fault on the companies that invested in the Deepwater Horizon rig, a case that the judge says takes precedence over injury claims. The judge stated he would examine those claims at some point after fault has been established.
The man, a rig supervisor and one of the last to settle in the case, was infuriated by this decision. The oil rig explosion blew him through a wall and burned the clothes off his body. He broke both his legs, shattered a knee, and his neck was lacerated by flying metal shrapnel.
He has since undergone nine operations, has had to relearn how to walk multiple times, and suffered permanent hearing loss as a result of the explosion.
The Louisiana Maritime Injury Lawyers with Dudley DeBosier Injury Lawyers would like to wish the injured worker the best of luck in his recovery from the injuries he sustained in the explosion. His dedication to holding those whose negligence caused the accident responsible for their actions is an inspiration to us all.
March 7th, 2012
March 7, 2012
A Baton Rouge, Louisiana, city prosecutor was recently given the title of Prosecutor of the Year at an awards ceremony sponsored by the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission for her efforts against drunk driving in the city. According to reports from WAFB 9 News, Prosecutor Lisa Freeman has helmed the battle against intoxicated drivers by establishing help programs and stringent rules for offenders during her more than 20 year tenure with the city.
Ms. Freeman helped to establish Baton Rouge’s Sobriety Court program for repeat DWI offenders. The program is a 12 month course designed to help repeat DWI offenders stay sober. Since the program’s inception just over a year ago, it has already had 11 successful graduates. Colleagues stated that fairness, accountability, and transparency in the prosecution of DWI cases have been a staple of Ms. Freeman’s time in the position.
Lt. Col. John LeBlanc, executive director of the Louisiana Highway Commission, added that Ms. Freeman’s work has saved many lives by taking drunk drivers off the road. In 2010, 43% of the 720 crash related deaths in Louisiana were attributed to alcohol consumption.
The Baton Rouge Drunk Driving Victim Attorneys with Dudley DeBosier Injury Lawyers ask that we all do our part to keep the highway safe by utilizing sober, designated drivers and by encouraging others you know to do the same thing. Every effort we make to eliminate drunk driving could save a life.