Guide to Hit and Run Laws in Louisiana

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In Louisiana, a hit-and-run refers to a car accident where a driver leaves the scene without sharing the required information. Remember, regardless of who is at fault, everyone must stay at the scene and exchange all contact information, including: This exchange of information ensures there will be proper handling of any potential damage and injuries.…

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78-Year-Old Driver’s Chaotic Crash into Kenner Shopping Center

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In a heart-stopping incident that unfolded on August 8th, a quiet morning in Kenner turned into a chaotic scene as a 78-year-old man’s vehicle crashed into businesses at a local shopping center on W. Esplanade Avenue. The incident left witnesses shaken and businesses damaged, shedding light on the fragility of life and the strength of…

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Car Fire Incident on Eastbound Bonnet Carre Spillway

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Incident Location In a sudden turn of events on Tuesday, August 9, a vehicle fire occurred on the eastbound lanes of the Bonnet Carre Spillway Bridge, prompting swift action from emergency crews and traffic authorities.  Smoke and Temporary Lane Closure  The incident, which took place at mile marker 217, sent plumes of black smoke into…

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Guide to Out-of-State Car Accident Jurisdiction

Navigating the aftermath of a car accident is a complex process, and when it involves out-of-state parties, the legal landscape can become even more intricate.  At Gordon Mckernan Injury Attorneys, we understand the challenges individuals face when dealing with out-of-state car accident jurisdiction. This is why we had a Louisiana car accident lawyer from our…

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A Widening I-12 Gives Covington Residents Much to Hope For

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St. Tammany Parish traffic is legendarily bad. In fact, it’s so bad that over 20,000 residents belong to a Facebook group named “West St. Tammany Traffic and Donuts.” However, thanks to some big changes on I-12 near Covington, that group may have less to complain about. On a 3.5-mile section of the Interstate between U.S.…

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Go Cart Accident Kills One in Shreveport

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Tragedy struck in Shreveport on Sunday, May 29, 2023, when a man was pinned under a sedan in his go-kart and killed. KTBS reports that on a dimly lit section of the 3700 block of St. Vincent Avenue near Forest Park Cemetery, Shawn Williams was pinned under a sedan when his go-kart made a U-turn…

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Common Head-On Collision Injuries

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Head-on collisions can be incredibly dangerous because they involve the impact of two vehicles colliding directly with each other at high speeds. This can cause devastating injuries and even death, making them one of the most serious types of car accidents. Our team of head-on collision lawyers has witnessed the severe physical and psychological consequences…

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Common Causes of Truck Rollover Accidents

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Truck rollover accidents can be some of the most devastating and dangerous incidents on the road. These accidents can cause significant damage, not only to the truck but also to any other vehicles and people involved. Many individuals who have suffered a truck rollover accident count on our experienced Louisiana truck accident lawyers to help…

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If You Have a Tire Blowout You Should Take These 5 Steps

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A tire blowout can be a frightening experience. One minute you’re driving on the open road and the next you suddenly hear a loud explosion and the car starts shaking uncontrollably. Not only is a situation like this stressful but it also can be very scary.  So, what causes tires to blow out? Many things…

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CPSO Issues Warrant for Driver That Caused Major Crash on I-49

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KTAL reports that an arrest warrant was issued on February 24, 2023, for a Shreveport woman who allegedly caused a major crash on I-49, seriously injuring other drivers. 25-year-old Gorgette Riley is alleged to have caused a major crash involving herself and three other vehicles when she drove her car the wrong way on I-49…

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What is Tailgating and Why is it Dangerous?

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Under Louisiana law, tailgating is defined as a motor vehicle following another more closely than is reasonable and prudent, having due regard for the speed of such vehicle and the traffic upon and the condition of the highway (LA RS 32:81). Tailgating can lead to rear-end collisions, which according to the National Highway Transportation Safety…

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What To Do After Being Hit by an Uninsured Driver in Louisiana

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After a car accident, it’s not uncommon to question, “What happens if I get hit by an uninsured driver?” Accident victims typically have the option to file an insurance claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance provider to get compensation. However, if the responsible driver lacks insurance coverage, victims are left with the burden of personally…

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Louisiana Car Insurance Laws

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Whether you’re buying a new car, being gifted a used car, or bringing your car to Louisiana from out of state, Louisiana car insurance laws dictate that you’ll need some form of auto insurance. Like every state, Louisiana has insurance minimums that all drivers are required to carry in order to drive on the roads.…

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Louisiana Ranked in Top 10 for Worst Roads

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If you’ve driven for any length of time in Louisiana, you’ve probably noticed the poor state of our roads. In fact, a new study has found that Louisiana is the second-worst state in the country as far as quality of roads is concerned, behind only Rhode Island. Our poor road quality doesn’t help when it…

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Baton Rouge Traffic Ranked Fourth Worst in US

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If you’ve been frustrated at the sometimes glacial pace of your morning commute in Baton Rouge, you’re not alone. A study performed by TomTom, the GPS and travel company, has found that Baton Rouge has the fourth-worst traffic congestion in the country, behind only New York, Los Angeles, and Miami. In 2021, Baton Rouge drivers…

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How Many Wrong Way Driving Accidents Happen in Louisiana?

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Wrong-way driving accidents are fairly rare—but they’re some of the deadliest crashes you can experience. Wrong-way drivers are a leading cause of head-on collisions, which accounted for 10.5% of fatal crashes in the US between 2019 and 2020. This is despite the fact that head-on collisions were less than 1% of all motor vehicle collisions…

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Louisiana Car Crashes Expected to be Up in 2022

Louisiana Car Crashes Expected to be Up in 2022

2022 is shaping up to be a record year for fatal crashes on Louisiana interstates. Even though the number of deadly crashes this year has so far been low, experts predict that the number will continue to grow through the end of the year. One of the main reasons behind fatal crashes is drunk driving.…

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Louisiana Car Traffic Deaths Up in 2021

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According to our car accident experts who studied a report from the Louisiana Department of Transportation (DOTD), a staggering 997 people died in motor vehicle crashes in 2021. This tragic toll breaks the record previously set in 2007, and is over a hundred more people than died last year in crashes. The Governor of Louisiana,…

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I-10 West Shuts Down For Nearly Fours After 6-vehicle pileup in Whiskey Bay

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On Friday, June 10th, at Whiskey Bay, a 6-vehicle pile-up closed the west lane of Interstate 10 for nearly four hours, resulting in twelve people injured. While the cause of the accident and the severity of the damages is still unclear, officials reported that five people were sent to the hospital after the multiple crashes…

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Louisiana Texting and Driving Laws

In the United States, texting and driving is behind over 60% of all traffic accidents, and is the leading cause of death for teens. This epidemic of texting-related car accidents has led to many states banning texting while driving, including Louisiana. Distracted driving laws aim to prevent texting and driving accidents in Louisiana. Not only…

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T Bone Car Accidents in Louisiana

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T-bone crashes, also known as side-impact collisions or broadsides, are some of the most deadly crashes on Louisiana roads and highways. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), T-bone accidents account for nearly 20% of fatal collisions—more deadly than any other collision type. What exactly is a T-bone accident, and how common are…

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Accidents on the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge

Every day, over 30,000 people travel on the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge between Lafayette and Baton Rouge. The bridge—also called the Louisiana Airborne Memorial Bridge—was the longest bridge in the country when it was finished in 1973. Its 18 miles is now the 3rd longest in the country, and 14th longest in the world. Tragically, the…

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What to Do if You Get in a Car Accident on I-10

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Interstate 10 carries millions of passenger vehicles, big rigs, and more across the country every year. Louisiana sees some of the most traffic on I-10 through major cities like Lake Charles, Lafayette, Baton Rouge, and New Orleans. With all the traffic, it’s no surprise that over 100 deadly car accidents happen on I-10 each year…

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Is My Car Accident Settlement Offer Fair? 

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A Louisiana Car Accident Lawyer Explains Calculating the total value of the injured victims’ losses in a car accident is rarely a simple matter. The factors that go into a car wreck injury settlement involve medical bills, lost wages, and other costs that have already been incurred from the accident, as well as anticipated future…

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Wrong-Way Driver Causes Multi-Vehicle Accident on I-10

Interstate 10 connects all of the Southern US, from the Pacific coast of California all the way to the Gulf of Mexico in Florida. One of the most dangerous sections of I-10 is located at the border of Texas and Louisiana outside of Lake Charles. This fact was brought into sharp relief on April 12,…

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The Most Dangerous Highways in Louisiana

Louisiana is known for its beautiful bayous, thriving and unique culture, and for being the “Sportsman’s Paradise.” Sadly, however, Louisiana is also known for containing some of the most dangerous highways in the country. Between 2016–2020, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that there were 3,571 fatal motor vehicle crashes in Louisiana, or around…

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Most Common Types of Distracted Driving in Louisiana

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and the team at Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys are here to help raise awareness about this increasing problem on our Louisiana roadways. But just what is distracted driving, and why is it so dangerous? What are the most common types of distracted driving in Louisiana? In this blog, we’ll…

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Tips to Avoid Distracted Driving in Louisiana

In our increasingly-connected world, there’s more pressure than ever before to stay constantly in-touch with family, friends, coworkers, and everyone else in our lives. This can present certain dangers when combined with the amount most Americans drive—according to a survey by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, the average American spent nearly an hour a…

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I-10 East Closed in WBR Following Deadly Truck Wreck

A devastating crash involving a commercial bus and an 18-wheeler was reported around 11AM on I-10 just past LA 415. This area is known as the “Devil’s Triangle” in Louisiana due to the high number of truck crashes and car accidents that happen there. After running into a cable barrier in the median, the bus…

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Pileup forced 6-hour closure on Basin Bridge

Around 1:30 in the morning on March 22, a seven-car pileup was reported on I-10 East between Atchafalaya and Ramah. State Police have reported that this wreck involved two 18-wheelers. The cleanup from the accident lasted until 7:30 in the morning, when law enforcement officers stated they had to wake up drivers who had fallen…

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