Motor vehicle accidents impact the lives of thousands of Americans every year. When a car accident results in a personal injury or loss as the result of another driver's actions, it may be considered negligent driving by the court. However, determining whether a driver was negligent can be complicated, even if the injured driver or passenger feels that the case should be straightforward. A court will look at everything from the condition of the allegedly negligent driver's vehicle to whether the driver had both hands on the wheel at the time of the accident.
A recent decision by the Supreme Court was relatively little noticed in the national news media.
Louisiana residents are likely aware that Michael Avenatti has been charged by federal prosecutors in multiple states with a raft of felony counts including extortion, wire fraud, and money laundering. The controversial litigator suffered yet another legal setback on May 22 when U.S. attorneys in New York charged him with identity theft and fraud over his dealings with the adult film star Stormy Daniels.
The National Institutes for Health and Virginia Tech University published the results of a study where researchers compared 90 teens' driving behaviors when they had a learner's permit and when they became licensed. Teens in Louisiana and their parents should know that the 90 participants were eight times more likely to crash during their first three months as licensed drivers than during their last three months with a permit.
Many Louisiana businesses engage in commercial litigation when legal disputes arise. In some cases, the issues involve zoning and permitting problems. Recently, a swamp tour business in St. Martin won a ruling in its favor regarding a lawsuit that was filed by the St. Martin Parish Council.
Distracted driving, a widespread issue in Louisiana and elsewhere, was the subject of a new online study from the market research firm Wakefield Research. Nearly 2,000 drivers from across the nation responded to it. The results were recently shared by Root Insurance, a company known for providing insurance discounts to drivers who avoid phone use.