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Why is there no outrage over drunk driving?

The news is full of stories about people being upset over the number of deaths attributed to guns or illegal drugs. It seems each day there is a new story about people in Louisiana who have died due to these things, and people get outraged. They demand tighter regulations and new laws to stop the accidents. However, there is something else that is regularly in the headlines and that causes many deaths, but there seems to not be the same outrage over it. What is it? It is drunk driving.

Have we become numb to these incidents? Are we becoming blind to the many deaths drunk driving causes that could have easily been prevented? Why is nobody calling for the overhaul of laws that relate to drunk driving?

Why do children need to ride in car seats?

In the 1960s, 70s and 80s, there were little to no rules or laws about the use of car seats for children. Things have changed a lot. Not only have vehicle designs changed, but the way we travel has changed, too. There is a huge increase in the number of vehicles on Louisiana roadways, which means a higher chance of accidents. In an accident, it is the smallest passengers who are most at risk.

According to U.S. News and World Report, children's bodies are not yet fully developed making them at high risk for serious injury in a car accident. A hard jostling or the impact that occurs during a crash can severely injure a child. In addition, the seat belts in a vehicle could also pose a risk to children because they are not made for people of such a small size. The way they fit a child's body could put the child at risk for internal damage or allow the child to slip under the belt and become air borne.

Beware of defective medical devices

Beware of defective medical devices

At the Louisiana law firm of Jacqueline A. Scott & Associates, we understand the devastation that a defective medical device can cause you. Maybe the device was improperly manufactured. Maybe your physician used it for a purpose for which it was not intended or improperly installed it in your body.

The dangers of energy drinks

Energy drinks are a very popular product on the market in Louisiana. While the FDA has cleared them for sale, there has been proof these beverages pose a health risk. Consumers should educate themselves about the potential risks of consuming these drinks to avoid serious side effects or health ramifications.

CNN reported that energy drinks contain high levels of caffeine, a substance know to increase the heart rate and disrupt sleep. It is possible to overdose on caffeine and send the heart into a serious state of malfunctioning. In fact, due to the caffeine, energy drinks have been something the American Academy of Pediatrics is outspoken about. This organization takes a stand that these beverages should not be consumed by children. The opinion is the risks for heart damage or other serious side effects are rather high in children.

Understanding Louisiana’s DWI/DUI laws

Louisiana drivers who get behind the wheel after having a few drinks or engaging in the use of illegal drugs do so at their own risk. Louisiana has stiff penalties for driving while intoxicated and driving under the influence of illegal substances. The Louisiana Office of Alcohol & Tobacco Control states that a Louisiana driver must have a blood alcohol content of less than 0.08 percent in order to be considered legal to drive. That level decreases to less than 0.02 percent if the driver is someone under the legal drinking age of 21.

A first offense for DWI/DUI can result in a six-month jail sentence and a $1,000 fine. In addition, the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles is mandated to suspend the driver’s license of anyone convicted of DWI/DUI in a city, municipal, magistrate, district or federal court. For a first offense, the suspension can be for as long as 90 days; for someone under age 21, the period is six months.

Understanding the basics of Jones Act claims in Louisiana

If you were injured in the course of working aboard a ship near the Louisiana coastline, you may be able to recover under the Jones Act. This legislation, codified in the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, provides certain protections and avenues of redress for maritime employees.

Injuries involving maritime vessels can form the basis of legally complex cases. An attorney with experience and knowledge of maritime law can understand the various legal frameworks that may apply, including the Jones Act, personal injury law, workers' compensation and any other relevant laws.

What are the long-lasting effects of a felony charge?

If you are convicted of a felony in Louisiana, the punishment may go far beyond that which is handed down by the court. There are many lasting effects that will cause you to lose rights and that could alter your life. According to the Louisiana Justice Coalition, a felony charge may affect your employment, ability to receive government benefits and your civil rights.

Employment may be impacted if you or your employer holds a professional license. Such licenses may be revoked upon the charge, and you may not be able to get them reinstated. Your employer may also lose a professional license simply for employing you. If you work in certain industries, such as a school, you may be barred from employment upon conviction.

Recent birth control pill recall

Recalls of medications in Louisiana can have long-lasting effects. Sometimes patients may not be aware of the recall and keep using the medication. In some cases, damage is already done once a recall is made. According to Time, in May 2017, there was a recall on birth control pills made by the manufacturer Lupin Pharmaceuticals. The issue with the pills was the first four pills in each pack were not active and were only placebos. This, obviously, rendered the pills ineffective against preventing pregnancy.

The name of the pills is Mibelas 24 F-E. They are chewable and issued in a blister pack of 28 pills. They were sold nationwide. The issue occurred due to the pills being packed backwards. The last four pills in a pack should be the placebo pills.

How can I stay safe onboard a vessel?

Maritime occupations are among the most dangerous in Louisiana. There are many risks aboard a vessel that can lead to serious accidents and fatalities. It is essential that every vessel is properly prepared to head out on the water and all precautions are taken to ensure the safety of its crew. If you work in the maritime industry, you should always be watching for signs that you are onboard an unsafe vessel. Recognizing unsafe conditions is your first line of defense against accidents that could claim your life.

Safety4Sea notes there are specific things you should and should not do to help protect yourself when onboard a vessel. It begins with ensuring you have received proper training and not being afraid to ask for more training if you feel you need it. You should also do a quick review of the vessel to ensure safety equipment is present and accessible. Proper signage should be clearly posted to alert to hazards and communicate safety tips.

How to stay safe in a hit-and-run

Most drivers in Louisiana know that they should pull over to the side of the road and exchange insurance and contact information with the other driver involved, but the situation can become more complicated and stressful if you find yourself alone after an accident. We at the law firm of Jacqueline A. Scott and Associates understand the stress that can follow in these situations and have provided these tips to help you stay safe and ensure your rights are protected if you are involved in a hit-and-run.

According to Infinity Auto, the first thing you should do is remain where you are until a law enforcement officer comes to assist you. If you attempt to follow the other driver to get his or her information, you may be charged with fleeing the scene of the crime and be considered equally guilty.

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