Tragedy Strikes on I-10: 18-Wheeler Catches Fire Near Vinton

18 wheeler catches fire

In a heart-wrenching incident that unfolded on September 17, 2023, tragedy struck on the I-10 West near Vinton, Louisiana, when an 18-wheeler caught fire, sending shockwaves through the community and leaving us all deeply moved. The Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys team extends our heartfelt sympathy to all those affected by this unfortunate event. Highway Havoc…

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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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The Lawyer’s Guide to Louisiana Personal Injury Law

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As you gather materials for your personal injury claim after an accident, it’s vital to grasp the ins and outs of personal injury laws. Luckily, the expert personal injury lawyers at are here to support you when you’re ready to file your claim. Our skilled professionals will guide you through the complexities of legal processes,…

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New Legislation Aims to Enhance Campus Safety Reporting and Accountability


Introducing the COREY Act: Fostering Transparency and Accountability in Higher Education In a significant move towards fostering greater transparency and accountability in higher education institutions, lawmakers have introduced a bill that mandates universities and colleges to report serious accidents occurring on their campuses. The bill, known as the College Operational Reporting of Emergencies Involving Teens…

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Interstate 10 Westbound Reopens After Long Closure Due to Heat Wave

I-10 W Heat Wave Closure

After a closure that lasted multiple hours and was caused by a serious accident, Interstate 10 westbound finally reopened near La. 415 on Thursday afternoon, relieving stranded drivers amid a heat wave. The closure, which occurred before noon on Thursday, forced drivers to take a detour from La. 415 North to U.S. 190 West, according…

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Questions to Ask A Personal Injury Lawyer

Questions to Ask a Personal Injury Lawyer Book

After you’ve been injured in an accident, you’re likely facing mounting medical bills, missing out on work, and unsure of your future. A knowledgeable Louisiana personal injury lawyer can help you recover the compensation you need to heal from the people responsible for your accident. However, you need to ensure that the lawyer you hire…

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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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Opelousas Police Department Introduces Handheld Speed Cameras for Automated Speeding Citations

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Louisiana drivers who are used to pushing the gas pedal may face the consequence of speeding tickets more often via mail delivery. Opelousas Police Department in Acadiana is currently training its officers to utilize cutting-edge technology to issue speeding violations without pulling over offending drivers. This innovative approach aims to enhance community safety and enable…

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What is a Catastrophic Injury?

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A catastrophic personal injury is a severe and permanent injury that results from another person’s negligence or wrongdoing.  These injuries can occur due to various reasons, such as car accidents, falls, sports injuries, medical malpractice, and workplace accidents. If you or your loved one has suffered a catastrophic injury, it’s essential to understand your legal…

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Louisiana’s “Buckle Up in Your Truck” Campaign

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Truck accidents can result in devastating consequences, including severe injuries and fatalities. According to recent studies, a significant percentage of pickup truck drivers who died in crashes were not wearing a seatbelt. These statistics highlight the critical importance of wearing a seatbelt in pickup trucks and the need for increased awareness and enforcement of seatbelt…

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Man Accused, Arrested of Causing Fatal I-20 Crash in 2020

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According to booking information on the WPSO inmate roster, 61-year-old Rickey Darden has been arrested and jailed in Webster Parish. Darden has been accused of causing the 2020 crash that led to the death of Shreveport native Kim Cannon on I-20. According to previous reporting by KTAL news, Darden was allegedly operating a 2000 International…

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Driver Injured Following School Bus Crash on Hwy 478

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In the afternoon on Monday 13 March 2023, a Natchitoches Parish school bus and a passenger car collided on Highway 478 just west of I-49 outside of Natchitoches. Multiple agencies responded to the crash, including the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office, Louisiana State Police, Natchitoches Regional Medical Center EMS, and others. Along with the bus driver,…

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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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Louisiana Tree Service Crane Falls on House in Shreveport

Tree service worker cutting branches off tree while leaning too far over crane bucket

On Saturday, around 9 a.m., a Louisiana tree service company’s crane vehicle experienced a significant accident in Shreveport. The incident, which occurred at a residence on Bruce Avenue in Broadmoor, resulted in the crane toppling over and smashing into a nearby home, causing extensive damage to the property and power lines. The Shreveport Fire Department…

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Top 10 Most Dangerous Trucking Companies in The U.S.

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Commercial trucks are the backbone of the American economy, transporting over 70% of all shipped goods. This vital role necessitates strong trucking industry standards. These standards ensure not only fair treatment for truck drivers but also the safety of everyone on the road. Semi-trucks, 18-wheelers, and other big rigs are much larger than passenger cars,…

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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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Suing for Emotional Distress in Louisiana

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After you’ve been hurt due to someone else’s negligence, you probably know you can be eligible for damages caused by your physical injuries and property damage. However, you might find yourself asking, “Can I sue them for emotional distress caused by my accident?” In short, you can sue for emotional distress and mental trauma caused…

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Accident on I-12 Leaves Six Horses Injured and One Dead 

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During the night of October 18th, a pickup truck from Texas crashed into the treeline on I-12 near Sherwood Forest Blvd while pulling trailers carrying seven wild horses. Luckily, East Baton Rouge Animal Control and a local man were able to successfully locate and wrangle the horses. As reported by WBRZ, six horses were rushed…

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Motorcycle Safety Tips and Requirements

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Riding a motorcycle can be one of life’s most enjoyable experiences. Motorcyclists enjoy the thrill of the open road, the feel of the wind, and the greater freedom that comes with riding on two wheels instead of four. However, riding a bike comes with its fair share of dangers and considerations too. Motorcyclists are much…

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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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Motorcycle Helmet Laws in Louisiana

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On sunny Louisiana days, you may feel tempted to cast your helmet aside and take off on your motorcycle to enjoy the breeze. While this may seem like a good idea, neglecting to wear a helmet or the proper protective gear is very dangerous to yourself and others surrounding you on the road in the…

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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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The Difference Between Wrongful Death & Personal Injury

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The main difference between personal injury and wrongful death claims is who is able to bring the case. If the victim survives the accident, they can file a personal injury claim in Louisiana themselves. However, if the victim succumbs to their injuries and passes away, their family or estate can file a wrongful death action…

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5 Tips to Stay Safe After a Hurricane

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The best way to stay safe during the hurricane season is to be prepared. It’s pretty common to know some safety tips for hurricanes. However, do you know what you should do after one passes? If not, our hurricane claim lawyers created this hurricane safety tips blog for you. You can also find additional info…

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What are the Pedestrian Laws in Louisiana?

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Because of pedestrian injuries, Louisiana is the seventh-deadliest state in the country for pedestrians: according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 118 pedestrians were killed in our state in 2019. That’s 2.54 deaths per 100,000 people. This grim statistic is a stark reminder of the importance of traffic and pedestrian safety in Louisiana,…

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Damages in a Wrongful Death Case

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When filing a Louisiana wrongful death case, the types of damages plaintiffs can seek usually fall into two main categories: those generated by the victim before their death, and those suffered by their surviving family because of  their death.  These damages can include economic damages, with measurable losses, as well as non-economic damages, or subjective…

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Common Questions About “Lost Wages”

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What Are “Lost Wages?” Lost wages are any funds that you could have earned, if not for your personal injury that prevents you from working. Usually, this term only refers to the money you could have earned between when you were injured and when you’re compensated. Your lost wages claim can cover a number of…

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Brain Injury Awareness Week 2022: May 11-17

Brain injuries are some of the most serious and long-lasting injuries victims can experience. Brain injuries can cause a number of functional impairments, from headaches, dizziness, and fatigue, to lasting issues like executive dysfunction, coma, or even death. However, people with brain injuries refuse to be defined by what’s happened to them, which is why…

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Who is at Fault in Most Motorcycle Accidents?

Motorcycle accidents can be some of the most devastating wrecks a person can experience. They can result in serious injuries, including paralysis, head trauma, loss of limbs, or even death. Determining who’s at fault after a motorcycle crash is vitally important for the motorcycle accident victim to recover damages they’re owed by the liable party.…

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Football Brain Injuries Lead to Long Term Issues

Football is so popular in the United States that it might have usurped baseball as “America’s pastime.” Especially in Louisiana, with the LSU Tigers, SU Jaguars, Saints, and more, football is the sport that’s guaranteed to be on TV sets around the state come fall. However, football can also be dangerous: even with all the…

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Top Tips for Bicycle Safety Awareness Month

With the warming weather and longer days, more people are deciding to take a trip on their bikes around our gorgeous state. However, it’s important to know the dangers inherent to riding a bike on Louisiana roadways, especially since in a collision between a motor vehicle and a bicycle, the bicyclist suffers the majority of…

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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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