There are approximately 8.5 million motorcycles on the roadways in the United States. Motorcycle riders face additional risks and dangers, and when there is an accident, the consequences are typically more catastrophic and severe. A motorcyclist is 28 times more likely to be in an accident than motorists in vehicles. If you are a motorcycle rider, it is important to know the accident statistics so that you can better prepare and keep yourself safe. Status of Motorcycle Accidents in the United States According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2016, 5,286 people died in motorcycle crashes, which was up 5.1 percent from 5,029 in 2015. Dozens of facts regarding motorcycle accidents can be found on the Insurance Information
On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Surgical Errors on Wednesday, September 18, 2019. Many Louisiana residents have experienced health challenges that may have resulted in the need for spinal surgery. Patients in this position likely feel a particularly high level of trepidation as they anticipate surgery since proper functioning of the spine is a key component in one's ability to move about freely. Unfortunately, a patient in another state underwent spinal surgery that cost him his life, and his son recently filed a lawsuit against the surgeon for $7 million, claiming he failed to provide an appropriate standard of care that led to his father's death. The surgeon performed the procedure on the 78-year-old man last February.
Everyone has heard the old adage, “the pedestrian has the right of way,” however, legally, this is not always the case. Pedestrians and motorcycle riders both have a responsibility to keep the roads safe. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states that there continues to be an increase in fatalities involving accidents between motorcyclists and pedestrians. The Fault of the Motorcycle Rider If a motorcycle rider clearly fails to follow traffic signals and ride safely on the streets, they will likely be considered at-fault in the accident. Failure to stop at a red light, stop sign, or crosswalk, are all indications that the motorcycle rider was responsible and at-fault for the accident. Other examples where the motorcycle rider would
On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Surgical Errors on Wednesday, September 11, 2019. Most Louisiana residents will likely agree that undergoing any sort of medical procedure can be nerve-wracking. In particular, surgical procedures often cause patients some stress and worry that the outcome may not be ideal and, in the worst case scenario, that their doctors will make mistakes. Unfortunately, this worst fear sometimes comes true. Such was the case when a man in another state underwent gall bladder surgery and ended up with permanent changes to his lifestyle. He subsequently sued for medical malpractice and was recently awarded $7.4 million. Doctors performed the surgery on the now 38-year-old man in late 2015. Reportedly, during the gall
Riding defensively as a cyclist can prevent some accidents and the catastrophic injuries that can accompany them. Top Defensive Driving Tips Car Changes Lanes into You: Ensure that you are aware of a motorist’s blind spots and spend minimal time in them. Motorists are typically expecting to search their field of vision for cars instead of bicycles. Therefore, bicycle riders must be aware of the motorist and pay attention to a car’s turn signals, wheels, and driver’s mirrors. Car doors: Never ride between an active lane of traffic and a lane of parked cars. There is a common term known among cyclists as “The Death Zone.” If a parked car door is opened in front of you, you have little
On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Medical Malpractice on Wednesday, September 4, 2019. Many Louisiana residents know what it feels like to hear a doctor deliver a cancer diagnosis. Likely, most people who have received such a frightening message find some comfort in knowing their health care professional will use his or her medical knowledge and experience to reach the best possible outcome and that he or she will maintain open communication with the patient regarding treatment options. Unfortunately, a woman from another state discovered this is not always the case, and she now faces certain death from her disease. She is currently suing the doctor responsible for her care, as well as the medical center