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1 hurt, 1 killed in recent car crash

On Tuesday, June 23, Louisiana State Police were called to the scene of an accident that occurred on Scenic Highway. One person was hurt, and another was killed in the car crash. The driver believed responsible is facing criminal charges for the incident.

According to reports, at approximately 7:30 a.m., the driver of a box truck -- a 27-year-old female -- was operating her vehicle southbound on the highway when she hit a vehicle that had stalled in the lane. The box truck smashed into the back of the car, killing the 11-year-old boy who was sitting in the back seat. The driver of the car was not restrained and suffered injuries in the wreck. This individual was transported to a medical center for the treatment of unspecified injuries.

Crash involving motorcycle and ATV under investigation

Police in Louisiana are currently in the process of investigating a motor vehicle accident that recently occurred in Brusly. The crash is said to have involved a motorcycle and an ATV. The current conditions of the drivers are unknown.

According to reports, on Saturday, June 13, a motorcycle and ATV were both traveling on LA 1 when they collided. Pictures of the accident scene show significant damage to both vehicles. Authorities have not released any information about the drivers. First responders were called to the scene, but it is unclear if one or both drivers were injured or if either was transported to a medical facility for treatment.

Family law attorney can help review debt as part of divorce

Who will be responsible for specific debts?  This is a common question when a Louisiana couple decides to divorce. When working through the property division settlement, the primary concern of many individuals is which assets they will get. However, being able to pay for these assets along with the other bills that the individual will now be responsible for is necessary and yet one more detail that should be discussed with his or her family law attorney.

The family home is one item that many individuals want to keep. Often, this home is titled in the name of both spouses, and the mortgage is usually also held in both names. This means that even though one spouse may get possession of the home and be responsible for the mortgage in the divorce process, both spouses may still be ultimately responsible to the lender. If the original mortgage was granted to both individuals, then the mortgagor will still look to both individuals for payment unless the mortgage is refinanced or paid in full.

Criminal defense attorney may help one obtain a hardship license

Drinking and driving is something most people know is illegal, but few think they will get caught or ultimately convicted for this type of behavior. The truth is the state of Louisiana takes drinking and driving very seriously, and those convicted typically lose their driving privileges -- at least temporarily. For those whose livelihoods depend on their ability to drive, this is a big problem. With the assistance of a criminal defense attorney, one may be able to obtain a specific type of license that would allow him or her to operate a vehicle when absolutely necessary.

A hardship license is a restricted license that is either issued by the court or the Office of Motor Vehicles. It allows limited driving privileges to those whose licenses are currently suspended. The only reason a person with a hardship license should be behind the wheel of a car is to perform life-sustaining tasks, such as going to work or going to the grocery store -- among various other activities. Anyone found in violations of the terms of this license may face still penalties.

Louisiana probate: Intestate succession laws

Many Louisiana residents do not have estate plans in place. Those who die without a will are said to have died intestate. Who will inherit the property of these estates will be determined by intestate succession laws. Probate is typically necessary to ensure these laws are followed.

Before deciding who is to inherit what, it is necessary to identify if property is community or separate. Community property is that which ownership has been split 50/50 with a spouse. Separate property is anything the deceased owned before getting married or is gifted or inherited during the marriage. For those who are single, all property is considered separate.

Can the cops charge you for giving your pills to a friend?

Maybe you had to have surgery because of a lifelong medical condition, or perhaps you got into a car accident and suffered a soft tissue injury. You had pain as a result of your medical issue, so your physician wrote you a prescription for pain relief.

After your recovery, you still had prescription medication left over. Those pain pills may have sat in your dresser or medicine cabinet for months until a co-worker, neighbor or family member mentioned that they have a pain issue that over the counter medication can't seem to help. It may seem compassionate and reasonable to share your leftover prescription medication with someone you know.

Slip-and-fall accident may suggest need for personal injury claim

It can happen in an instant. One moment a Louisiana resident is walking down an aisle or sidewalk and the next moment that same individual is lying injured on the ground. Slip-and-fall accidents can happen for a variety of reasons some of which may need to be addressed through a personal injury claim.

A spill on the floor can be enough to cause serious injury to an individual. For this reason, property owners typically attempt to clean up such spills as soon as possible in order to prevent possible injury. To do otherwise could be considered negligent. Questions such as did the property owner or an employee know about the spill and should the individual have seen the spill and been able to reasonably avoid it may need to be addressed.

2 killed in Louisiana car accident

Because motor vehicles are such an integral part of people's lives, it may be easy to forget how much damage an accident can cause. However, because of how easy an accident can occur and the amount of harm one can inflict, it is imperative that all drivers remain vigilant at all times. Unfortunately, a recent car accident in Louisiana left two people dead.

The incident happened around 4:15 p.m. on a day in early May. According to reports, a 48-year-old woman was driving a sedan when it was struck by a vehicle headed south on a Louisiana road. Police say the second vehicle was driven by a 78-year-old man.

Mother facing criminal charges for drunk driving incident

A woman is behind bars on what is allegedly her fourth DWI arrest. She is facing several criminal charges in addition to the drunk driving charge, including speeding, resisting arrest and child endangerment. Her daughter was apparently in the vehicle at the time of her arrest.

Louisiana police were first made aware of a possible drunk driver when someone called to report an erratic driver. According to the caller, the driver was speeding, leaving the roadway and causing many near collisions. A state trooper responded to the call and reportedly identified the vehicle, which the trooper says was traveling at 68 mph in a 55 mph zone. The law enforcement officer also reportedly observed the vehicle crossing the centerline of traffic.

Injured in a car crash? These damages may be recoverable

Auto collisions happen every day in the state of Louisiana. Most of them are minor fender-benders, but some leave those involved with moderate to significant injuries. Following a car crash with injuries, victims may be entitled to seek compensation for their losses. The state allows for the recovery of certain economic and non-economic damages.

As far as economic damages go, medical expenses may be covered -- as one would expect. These costs add up quickly after a car accident. There are often transportation fees and expenses for emergency care immediately after the crash. Then, victims may have months to years of continued care in the forms of physical therapy, cognitive therapy, in-home services and consultations with various medical providers. If one requires medical equipment, that can be a significant expense as well.

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