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Motorcycle crash facts and figures

Motorcycling is a popular pastime here in south Louisiana. Nationwide in 2014, it is estimated by the Federal Highway Administration that there were 8.4 million motorcycles ridden on the road. Most motorcycle riders accept the inherent risks of riding as a trade-off for the enjoyment they derive from the activity.

Acknowledging the dangers can actually keep riders safer. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 4,586 individuals died in 2014 in motorcycle accidents. If that seems high, the total is 2.3 percentage points less than the total the previous year, which was 4,692.

Is your elderly loved one safe in his or her nursing home?

If you have an elderly relative in a nursing home, you may have concerns over his or her medical treatment by medical personnel and staff. But there are other dangers they may face as well — disturbingly aggressive behavior from other residents, one study suggests.

Alarmingly, the study determined that 20 percent of residents in nursing homes had an incident involving another resident within the last 30 days. Most of these incidents never rose above the level of verbal altercations, i.e., two residents yelling at one another. But some scuffles got physical, and other seniors were subjected to inappropriate sexual behavior.

Hoverboards face safety recalls by federal agency

Earlier this week, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced that they had issued a recall of 501,000 hoverboards because they presented dangerous fire hazards.

The popular self-balancing scooters contain battery packs made from lithium-ion batteries which have overheated and caused smoke, sparks, explosions and fires. To date, there have been nearly 100 reported incidents involving property damage and burn injuries.

Let us help you with your auto defect claim

It seems like every time you turn on the TV there's another auto recall being announced. Some are proactive, with the manufacturers attempting to avert a disaster by fixing the problem.

However, there are plenty of others that come about only after numerous consumers have been hurt or killed due to the auto defects, which may include the following components:

Have a safe 4th of July holiday

If you are like many Louisiana residents, you may be planning a family outing on the upcoming 4th of July holiday. While there are many homegrown festivities right here in Baton Rouge, like fireworks along the Mississippi River, lots of Louisianans head for the Gulf Coast beaches for the 4th.

That means that there will be more traffic on the highways than there normally is. In addition to all of the holiday travelers, there will also be the usual number of commercial big rigs barreling through the I-10 corridor between Florida and points west, meaning that motorists will have to pay special attention when driving.

How to cope after a loved one dies in a collision

If you lost a family member in a collision with an 18-wheeler, you will have to make some major decisions while still devastated by grief. Making arrangements for funerals or memorial services may seem like overwhelming tasks, yet still must be handled promptly despite your raw emotions.

It can even be more difficult when you were also injured in the accident. Make sure that you obtain medical treatment following the accident even if your injuries do not appear to be all that severe. An undiagnosed but very treatable internal injury can prove fatal when ignored.

Dehydration: Can it be deadly?

Elderly patients receiving in-home care and those residing in long term care centers and nursing homes have to be monitored closely. One of the conditions the care providers have to watch closely to detect is dehydration.

Patients are considered mildly dehydrated when they have lost 2 percent of their body weight. Dehydration is severe if they have lost 4 percent or more of their body weight. It can be difficult to spot but can have catastrophic effects on elderly patients' bodies. Often when we think of dehydration we think of a sports enthusiast who has pushed him or herself too far in the heat of summer. But dehydration is far more insidious and common than that; it requires no marathon runs to wreak havoc with one's vital signs.

Top hazards for motorcyclists

As a motorcyclist, you know that riding can be dangerous, but sometimes you may become complacent about safety when you ride. Below are some of the most deadly hazards facing Louisiana motorcyclists.

-- Traffic drifting into the path of motorcyclists: When two cars collide when one drifts over the line, it can be a minor accident. However, when a motorcycle is clipped, the rider can suffer life-threatening injuries.

Did the rate of truck accidents drop or rise?

Officials with the American Trucking Associations are encouraged by the Department of Transportation announcing that the rate of fatal truck accidents dropped almost 4 percent in 2014. Even better, this rate is in keeping with the decline in truck accidents that is attributed by some to safety improvements in the trucking industry.

Fewer accidents lead to fewer tragedies on the highways, a long-term trucking trend recently highlighted in a report by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Nearly 40 percent of the total collisions have decreased since 2004, in fact. Some of the findings in the Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts report indicated that:

Malfunctioning firearms and product liability versus negligence

Louisiana sportsmen love to hunt, and residents are staunch defenders of the Second Amendment. But that doesn't diminish the fact that annually, thousands of lives are lost due to firearms.

Certainly most deaths are attributed to the shooter, proving that "Guns don't kill people; people do." However, if a firearm malfunctions due to a design or manufacturing defect and someone is inadvertently injured or killed, they or their survivors could potentially have legal grounds for a product liability case.


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