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Older truck drivers see increase in crashes

In Louisiana and across the country, accidents involving commercial trucks can be deadly. With heavy trucks traveling at high speeds, it might be a surprise to learn that big rig drivers are growing steadily older, making some worry about how safe that makes the roads.

A report by CBS News found that 10 percent of all commercial truck drivers are older than 65 years old, and with a shortage of drivers to haul goods across the country, many companies are focusing their recruiting efforts on this demographic. While federal anti-discrimination laws protect people on the basis of age, there are exceptions within the transportation industry: commercial pilots have to retire at age 65, despite a shortage of labor. In fact, accidents involving truck drivers over the age of 70 (including some drivers in their 90s) have increased nearly 20 percent. AN analysis of data from 12 states between 2013 and 2015 found that at least 6,636 accidents took place with drivers in the highest age bracket. In 2015, Alabama had 258 accidents with truck drivers over age 70: 13 crashes had drivers between 80 and 89 years old and one accident had a driver aged 90 or older.

What should I do immediately after a car accident?

We're forced to share the road with a lot of irresponsible and highly negligent drivers in Louisiana. Some of these drivers are drunk, speeding or paying more attention to their cellphones than the road.

Imagine, for example, that a drunk driver caused your car accident, which resulted in you breaking your arm. There are some specific things you might want to do immediately following the crash to protect your rights.

It may be time to add a UIM policy to your car insurance

Imagine driving to work along the same route through Baton Rouge you always take, when suddenly, out of nowhere, another car runs a stop sign and plows right into your driver's side door. You suffered a broken arm and several other injuries, so you allowed the ambulance to take you to the hospital for treatment.

A few days later, the hospital released you and you found out that the driver that had hit you did not have enough insurance to cover the accident.

Medical malpractice: a hidden killer

It is often easy to forget that doctors and other medical workers are only human. The mistakes made, however, can lead to permanent and traumatic circumstances. Medical malpractice in Louisiana is an under-recognized and under-discussed topic. This is largely due to the lack of a method to collect information on incidents, thus resulting in a negligence of reporting cases.

John Hopkins Medicine has carried out research regarding medical malpractice. Researchers estimate that the third highest cause of death in the U.S. is medical error -- that is over 250,000 deaths per year. Not only has malpractice moved to the forefront of nation-wide concern; studies have also revealed that medical malpractice is not even mentioned on most death certificates. Many of those in the medical field are advocating for changes in this lack of reporting. An international form was adopted in 1949 to better record cause of death, but the system itself failed to recognize that a large number of those deaths were due to medical mistakes. Since then, the form has been used to record mortality through billing codes, which do not identify the actual cause of death.

More parents admitting to distracted driving

When one thinks of a distracted driver, it is easy to think about a young driver who is fixated on the texts coming in on their phone, even if they are driving down the highway at 65 miles-per-hour or driving down a busy street. However, distracted drivers in Louisiana come in all ages and drive many different types of vehicles, from compact cars to semi-trucks.

With that said, it is still surprising how many drivers are parents. It is equally surprising how many parents admit to distracted driving with their children in the car with them. According to a study conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan, 90 percent of driving parents admitted to at least one of the 10 major distractions identified in their survey.

Soft tissue injuries can be serious and expensive

People who walk away from motor vehicle collisions without broken bones or head injuries may consider themselves lucky. Car accidents happen every day, and sometimes they are fatal. Those with minor injuries may not seek out any medical attention after the accident.

However, the next morning or a few days later, they start experiencing pain and swelling. In some cases, people with serious soft tissue injuries after a car crash may not be able to move their neck or back. These individuals will require medical treatment for their injury. They may be unable to work while they recover, and medical expenses can rapidly mount after an accident.

A road defect could cause a single car accident

When many people think of a car accident, the first thing that comes to mind is the negligence of another driver. While many accidents involve one or more vehicle, this is not always the case. There are also times when single car accidents occur.

It's easy to believe that the driver is solely responsible for the crash in the event of a single car accident. However, this isn't exactly true.

Commercial truck accidents in Louisiana cause serious injuries

When you get behind the wheel of a car, you do your best to ensure your own safety and the safety of your passengers. Sadly, no matter how carefully you drive, there's a constant risk of a motor vehicle crash. Even if you practice the best possible defensive driving, you can't control or predict the actions of other people.

Crashes happen every day, many of them with only mild injuries. However, when the other vehicle is a massive commercial vehicle, like a semitruck or eighteen wheeler, the potential for serious injuries or even death for the people the in smaller vehicle increases substantially.

How can you avoid the temptation of distracted driving?

As a driver, you know that distracted driving is a way of life for many people. When you are behind the wheel, it's easy to lose sight of what you are doing and begin to pay attention to something else.

Here are some of the many steps you can take to avoid the temptation of distracted driving:

3 common questions about herniated discs caused by accidents

You were in a car crash, and you knew you suffered an injury to your back. You decided to go to the hospital, and there you discovered that you suffered a herniated disc. The injury itself isn't severe presently, but herniated discs can break down over time and put pressure on your nerves. They cause pain, pressure, tingling and other sensations in some people.

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