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Injured in a motorcycle crash? We'll help you seek justice

In two-thirds of collisions involving motorcycles and another vehicle, the other driver violated the motorcyclist's right of way, causing the wreck. Motorcyclists have nearly 26 times the risk of death in an accident, and five times the risk of injury, than those in a car.

While the fatality rate for passengers and drivers of light trucks and cars has declined since 1999, motorcyclists' fatality rates have more than doubled during the same period.

Injured by a big rig? We can help you pursue justice

Although the overall number of crash fatalities in the United States dropped by approximately 15 percent since the mid-1990s, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration still reported that in 2012 alone, 33,561 people died in highway fatalities.

Collisions involving large commercial trucks have a much higher rate of fatalities than do accidents between passenger vehicles. A staggering 81 percent of fatal wrecks with big rigs involve multiple vehicles. This is much greater than the fatality rate of 58 percent in collisions between cars or light trucks.

Wrong-site surgeries should never occur

It can't be argued that surgeons performing surgery on the wrong site is a glaring example of medical malpractice as well as being a completely avoidable adverse event.

Despite the fact that these events should never occur, some estimate the national rate of surgeries performed on the wrong patients, the wrong site or side and the wrong procedures may occur as frequently as 40 times each week.

Are older drivers a highway hazard?

For senior citizens, making the decision to turn in the car keys due to age and the accompanying infirmities can be a devastating blow to their independence.

The baby boomer generation is aging fast and comprises a large swath of today's population. Many are electing to keep their licenses and continue driving. Statistics indicate that those 70 and older who drive automobiles have a higher rate of collisions than their middle-aged counterparts. Yet their accident rate is still lower than that of the youngest drivers.

Prevent injuries with proper motorcycle riding gear

Louisiana summers are beastly hot and humid, which can make it seem like a good idea to wear as few clothes as possible during the hottest months of the year. But that is never a good idea when you are riding a motorcycle.

Motorcycle riding gear is designed to protect vulnerable areas of your body if you crash. While a helmet might be the most important item, it is certainly not the only protection that riders should wear.

Weight loss products may cause deadly harm

Anyone who has tried to lose weight and failed miserably understands that there are no quick fixes to getting healthy and dropping pounds. It requires cutting back on your caloric intake while increasing your activity level.

However, American consumers are bombarded with commercials for weight loss products, supplements and other fads that are promoted to help them lose more weight faster. While many of these products have any real impact on a person's weight, it is also possible that the bottle of tablets you bought to shrink your waistline contains ingredients that could land you in the hospital.

Does your teen have big rig safety driving savvy?

If you have a 15- or 16-year-old child, chances are they are hounding you to get a learner's permit or a driver's license. This rite of passage that gives teens their cherished mobility comes with a huge dose of responsibility behind the wheel.

Baton Rouge sees a huge amount of daily commercial traffic, both on the 1-10 corridor and on surface streets, so part of all teens' driving education should focus on safely sharing the roads with these big rig behemoths. Statistics indicate that drivers age 17 to 24 are at higher risk of wrecking. Almost 70 percent of crashes between 18-wheelers and passenger vehicles are the fault of the driver of the smaller car.

Your loved one's bedsores may be caused by negligence

One of the hardest things to do is admit a parent or other loved one into a nursing home. But due to work and family commitments, it may be the only viable solution to ensure that your beloved family member's health and everyday needs are being met.

Once the decision is made, however, it can be especially disconcerting to discover that bedsores have developed and are festering on your loved one's body.

July 4th weekend brings increased law enforcement

The Louisiana state police and local sheriff's deputies and police departments have already begun amplifying their presence on the roads in anticipation of the July 4th holiday.

The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign is now in full swing. From July 2 - 6, Louisiana law enforcement officers will be out in force patrolling the roads for drunk and impaired drivers who are a hazard to themselves and everyone they encounter on the roads. Grants from the federal government that were apportioned by the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission will go to pay the officers overtime for their efforts.

West Bank amputee sues JeffCare, doctor and others

A Jefferson Parish man filed suit against a local doctor after undergoing an amputation below his knee.

The man, a diabetic, sought treatment from Marrero's Jeffcare-West Jefferson in January of last year. His chief complaint was discomfort and pain in his foot, and reported that he informed the physician that he had diabetes. She recommended he seek treatment from a wound care doctor and allegedly told the man his pain was insignificant.

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