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Motor vehicle wrecks and panic attacks

When it comes to car accidents, the emotional aspects of a crash should not be overlooked. People often focus on the physical injuries that people sustain in these wrecks, or the financial consequences they face following a collision. However, the emotional toll can be devastating, and strong emotions can even cause motor vehicle crashes in the first place. In this post, we will look into some issues related to panic attacks and traffic accidents.

Following a devastating crash, such as one which has left a victim with a serious injury, those involved may start to suffer from panic attacks. This intense anxiety can strike at various times, whether one is working or on the road, and can be very disruptive. Sometimes, these attacks are so serious that people are not able to resume driving following a crash that has left them mentally scarred.

Are lane departure warning systems perfect?

When you approach a big commercial truck on a New Orleans road, it is natural to be a little concerned about getting close to such a large vehicle. Many motorists try to stay away from big trucks for fear that the truck may swerve into their lane. However, ExtremeTech explains that in recent years technology has offered trucks or any vehicle the ability to help keep vehicles in their lanes if they should drift out of them. These systems have proven to be helpful, but they are not completely perfect in practice.

Lane detection systems have been evolving for some time. Originally, a lane departure system would send a warning to the driver that the vehicle was passing out of a lane. Upgraded systems would automatically steer the vehicle back into a lane. More recent systems proactively attempt to keep the vehicle in the center of the lane, working like an automatic steering system. With the use of mounted cameras, the lane detection system judges the vehicle’s position on the road and acts accordingly.

Auto accidents and new parents

There is a myriad of factors to consider when it comes to motor vehicle collisions and new parents. For example, some people may be more likely to find themselves in a crash after the recent birth of their child, whether they are tired and stressed out or divert their attention to monitor their infant while driving. Parents also need to familiarize themselves with safety guidelines when it comes to car seat use and driving with an infant. On the other hand, parents may also be struck by a reckless driver, which can be especially devastating when a very young child is in the vehicle.

Before taking to the road, parents should always ensure that their infant is placed in his or her car seat properly, and that the car seat is secured in the vehicle correctly. Sadly, some parents do not use car seats appropriately, and this can lead to serious injuries or the loss of their child’s life when a motor vehicle collision takes place. For some parents, especially those who are overwhelmed with work and other responsibilities, it can be difficult to find time to review these matters carefully. However, it is imperative for parents to do all they can to protect their children while driving.

Keeping kids safe in taxis and rideshare vehicles

If you need to travel in a taxi, Uber or Lyft in Louisiana and you have a child with you, you may be wondering what the laws are and how you transport them. Although there are specific laws that dictate you need to use the proper safety restraint in your own vehicle, the rules are less clear in other types of vehicles. If you are traveling with children, it is important to keep them safe even if it is inconvenient for you.

According to kidsridesafe.org, the laws regarding child restraints in a rideshare vehicle in Louisiana are not clear. While the law states that the driver of a vehicle is responsible for ensuring the safety of a child passenger, it does not specify if this extends to rideshare drivers as well. It also does not say if the driver needs to supply the right restraint system. As a parent, however, you should do your best to carry your own car seat or booster, or request a vehicle that has what you need.

Poor doctor communication leads to misdiagnoses

Going to the doctor is rarely anyone's idea of a good time. However, there are times when it's certainly necessary. Understandably, once you get there -- you hope your doctor is listening to your complaints and taking them all seriously. 

Unfortunately, this is not always the case. There are times when a doctor either misunderstands what it is you are saying -- or worse -- is not even really listening to what it is you are saying. When this happens, the outcome can be an incorrect diagnosis and prolonged suffering. 

How often are truck drivers abusing drugs and alcohol?

Sharing the road with large commercial trucks is an inevitable part of life in Louisiana, but studies show that many of the people driving those trucks are engaging in highly dangerous behaviors before or while behind the wheel. While anyone who drinks or abuses drugs before driving endangers everyone who crosses his or her path, commercial truck drivers who do so pose a particularly serious threat to the public due to the sheer size and weight of their vehicles.

According to the American Addiction Centers, truck drivers often have several factors at play that contribute to their decision to use drugs or alcohol on the job. For example, the trucking lifestyle is often a lonely one, and some truckers try to combat their feelings of isolation by turning to liquor or drugs. In other cases, truck drivers are turning to certain types of drugs, among them amphetamines, because they believe they can improve their performance.

Freeways, high speeds and car crashes

Driving on the freeway can be dangerous for a number of reasons, but the fact that vehicles are traveling at very high speeds can be extremely dangerous. Unfortunately, when a collision occurs in this environment, the outcome can be devastating (especially when compared to accidents that happen on roads where vehicles are traveling much slower). It is important to be extra vigilant when you are driving on a freeway, or at any other time where you or other drivers around you are driving very fast.

On the freeway, an accident may happen while a driver is trying to switch lanes. For example, someone who is reckless and careless may not leave enough room between their car and another vehicle, or they may not use their turn signals. Someone may be driving at a reckless speed, whether they are trying to reach new limits in a sports car or participate in an illegal street race, causing them to lose control of their vehicle. In fact, a driver may even head into oncoming traffic while traveling down the wrong side of the freeway, which can be absolutely terrifying.

Mental strength after a work-related traffic wreck

If you were recently involved in a work-related accident that occurred while you were driving, our law firm is fully aware of the different challenges you may be going through. An inability to pay bills due to lost wages, medical costs, serious and debilitating injuries and mental trauma are just some of the hardships that those who are involved in job-related traffic crashes may face. However, it is important for you to stay focused on your recovery, and part of this involves having mental strength. The consequences of these accidents can be mentally draining but taking the right approach afterward (and having the right mindset) could be very beneficial.

It is important to stay committed to seeking justice if a reckless driver caused the accident, or you were involved in the crash because of someone else’s wrongdoing. You should be aware of every legal option you have, from workers’ comp to filing suit, and you should not hesitate to stand up for your rights. It can be difficult to stay positive after such a terrible accident, but you should not lose hope or give up. Unfortunately, some people have failed to secure all the benefits that they were entitled to because they felt like they could not handle the situation anymore.

Car crashes and tourists

Motor vehicle collisions happen because of poor decisions, but they also take place because people are unable to drive properly for some reason. Fatigue and distractions are common problems, but there are other challenges that may lead to a motor vehicle collision. For example, someone who is driving while they are on a vacation may have an especially high chance of causing an auto accident. Not only do tourists often have little familiarity with local roads (or even the laws of the road, especially for those driving in a new country for the first time), but they can also be extremely tired due to their trip.

If you were hit by someone from out of town, it may be important to make note of this fact if you decide to pursue legal action against them. After the crash, you should exchange information and it may be helpful to note whether they are from another part of the state or country. In certain areas, there are a large number of tourists, especially during particular seasons such as the summertime. During these circumstances, the likelihood of a crash involving someone from another state or country may be much higher.

Driving during a hailstorm

There are many different ways in which mother nature can threaten the safety of everyone on the road, from blizzard conditions and torrential downpours to tornados and hailstorms. Driving in the midst of a hailstorm can be challenging for all sorts of reasons and we will examine some relevant issues in this post. Some parts of the country are especially likely to see hail during the spring, summer and fall, but you should be mindful of these risks no matter where you live. Sadly, weather-related car crashes have resulted in the loss of many lives.

Hail can be very problematic when it comes to driving for multiple reasons. First, many drivers are caught off-guard and find themselves driving during a hailstorm even though they had no idea that inclement weather was heading their way. It can be helpful to monitor weather forecasts, but this does not always guarantee that poor weather conditions will be avoided.