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At Cardone Law Firm, we believe that people should never be forced to deal with the injuries and costly medical expenses that come with an accident caused by a drunk driver. Unfortunately, drunk driving accidents happen all-too-often in the state of Louisiana. In the aftermath of an accident, innocent victims are left to deal with the consequences.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 3,046 people were killed in Louisiana in drunk driving accidents between 2006 and 2013. Unfortunately, 2.5% of people in Louisiana have reported driving while under the influence of alcohol, which is higher than the national average of 1.9%. Louisiana also has higher fatalities in all age groups compared to national drunk driving accident rates.

If you’ve been hurt in an accident with a drunk driver, don’t hesitate to contact the New Orleans attorneys of Cardone Law Firm right away. There is never a fee to speak with an experienced member of our team, and we will not collect a penny unless we win your case. Phone Cardone at (504) 522-3333 to get the experienced legal help you need.

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In 2015, accidents involving large trucks took 3,598 lives and injured 83,000 more, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

While it may seem that a driver of an 18-wheeler may have a significant sight advantage over other passenger cars because of its height, the opposite is actually true. Commercial trucks have big blind spots and if you’re driving right beside one, you could be seconds away from a serious accident.

Your New Orleans attorneys at Cardone Law Firm take great pride in fighting for those who have, unfortunately, been involved in a large truck accident. We have been around long enough to see many cases where accidents could have been avoided if the driver of the semi-truck would have properly considered their blind spots. Because they have very limited vision of what is going on around them, drivers should be cautious and take the following information into consideration when driving near an 18-wheeler.

mardi grasThis time of year is, obviously, an extremely festive one in New Orleans and around Louisiana. Along with all of the happiness and revelry, however, will also come some misfortune and injuries. In some cases, the injuries may be a result of insufficient precautions. When that happens, you may be entitled to compensation from those who didn’t take those reasonable precautions. For answers and representation in these and other kinds of injury situations, talk to a skilled Louisiana premises liability lawyer.

A recent case from Terrebonne Parish presents an unfortunate picture of revelry that got out of hand. Albert, a sheriff’s deputy for Terrebonne Parish, accepted a job working security at a pool party put on after Houma Carnival and hosted by one of the parade’s most well-known krewes. At the party, alcohol allegedly flowed freely, which was probably not a surprise to the deputy. However, at one point during the wild party, as a fight broke out, and Albert attempted to intervene and break it up, members of the krewe turned on him and attacked him, according to his complaint. Albert suffered a concussion and other serious injuries, the Houma Times reported.

Albert sued the club. In many situations, an entity like a Carnival or Mardi Gras krewe cannot be held legally liable for the acts of third parties. There are certain situations, though, in which a group might become liable based upon acts that made it independently negligent (and to blame) for the injuries that occurred. That was what Albert’s lawsuit argued. His legal brief asserted that “the krewe’s complete and total lack of effort in attempting to monitor and or control the distribution and consumption of alcohol at its pool party, coupled with its historical and actual attitude of encouraging wild and anything-goes krewe gatherings,” made it negligent. According to the Times, the brief also asserted that the krewe member in charge specifically “fostered the crowd’s belligerent attitude of a wild west brawl.”

At Cardone Law Firm, one of our biggest priorities is ensuring our clients are well informed about their specific case and the laws surrounding it. Unfortunately, court T.V. shows and films, as well as well-intentioned friends and families, often spread inaccurate information about how a personal injury claim works.

Our New Orleans car accident and personal injury attorneys want to debunk these myths in order to give you clear-cut insight into how the filing process for personal injury claims works. If you or someone you loved has been involved in a car accident recently, read this for a better understanding on how we can serve you.

Myth #1: You Can File a Claim at Any Time in the State of Louisiana

18-Wheeler-FailureIn the early morning hours of December 18, 2017, an 18-wheeler flipped over on I-10 East in Louisiana, effectively bringing Gonzales traffic to a standstill. It took three hours to clear the scene which included a roadway drenched with diesel fuel leaking from the big rig.

At its worst, traffic delay reached 7 miles in length. Luckily, no one was killed as a result of this accident.

While it may be uncertain as to what exactly caused this particular 18-wheeler to tip, often times it can be attributed to a failure of some sort within these large trucks. At Cardone Law Firm, we have worked in a variety of 18-wheeler accident and personal injury cases. Our dedicated and trusted New Orleans attorneys recognize that a mechanical failure in these gigantic vehicles can quickly lead to tragedy.

TBI
Every year, 2.5 million people in the U.S. suffer from the awful effects of traumatic brain injury (TBI). Whether it is a mild blow or severe impact to the head, the consequences of TBI can be destructive to your physical and mental health.

In the face of such a terrible hardship, who will you turn to for guidance? Who will serve as your advocate?

These types of suits are very demanding, requiring specialized skill and attention. Luckily, the Cardone Law Firm has successfully handled a wide variety of TBI cases for clients of all ages. Our New Orleans personal injury lawyers are committed to providing the best legal support while you recover from your serious and potentially lifelong symptoms that come along with brain injuries.

Concussions
According to Head Case, 3,800,000 concussions were reported in 2012, double of what was reported in 2002.

This growing and troubling form of traumatic brain injury (TBI) can have a huge effect on brain function. Usually caused by a violent impact to the head or upper body, a TBI can produce results that are often temporary but can lead to long lasting issues if multiple concussions occur over a period of time.

Unfortunately, many of the individuals who suffer from concussions are young children and teenagers who participate in contact sports such as football, soccer, or martial arts.

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Few vehicles grab our attention like the 80,000-pound monsters known across the nation as semi-trucks, 18-wheelers, or trailer tractors. We travel alongside these behemoths every day, watching their every move and doing our part to avoid an incident.

But sadly, we often see they are the cause of tragedy.

In 2015 alone, there were over 32,000 fatal crashes on the nation’s roadways, with nearly 4,000 (11.9%) involving at least one large truck or bus. That doesn’t account for an additional 476,000 nonfatal crashes. And the number of incidents involving these large truck is only increasing.

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Few things are as intimidating as a large semi-truck pulling a trailer and speeding down the highway. Most of us will hold our breath and grip the steering wheel in anticipation of the 18-wheeler passing us.

Because of the added weight on tractor-trailers, they can take much longer to come to a complete stop and generally require 20% to 40% longer following distances between vehicles than cars traveling at the same speed. If the driving conditions are unfavorable, then these large vehicles are even more challenging to control in moments of emergency.

Human error is the leading cause of crashes involving large semi-trucks and these mistakes have devastating consequences.

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In the immediate aftermath of a collision with a large truck, tractor-trailer, or 18-wheeler, time is a factor. These types of collisions often have devastating consequences for those involved including serious injuries and potential fatalities. If you were involved in an accident involving a large truck, you need to seek medical attention first, and afterward, it is important that you speak to an experienced truck accident attorney who can help you seek fair and reasonable recovery for your injuries. You’ll be fighting against the statute of limitations, the decay of evidence, and the trucking company and their dedicated team of lawyers, so act quickly after your accident to protect your rights.

When accidents happen, the pain and stress of being injured or losing a loved one can quickly become overwhelming for victims and their families. Cardone Law Firm understands the tragedy surrounding accidents involving large trucks and we have made it our mission to help families like yours. We have secured over $31 million in settlements and judgments for individuals after reckless drivers got behind the wheel of large trucks and changed their lives forever. Contact our firm for a free consultation and learn more about how we can help you fight for what you deserve. Phone Cardone at (888)-892-2736 or (504)-522-3333 today.

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