The Dangers of Drunk Boaters

Driving a boat while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is not only illegal, it’s inherently risky. Drunk boating accidents are especially dangerous because passengers are typically not wearing a safety belt and the boat can be traveling at high speeds. This is such a widespread issue that the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has instituted a boat safety campaign to educate boaters on the importance of maintaining control of their craft. Even with a variety of safety course options available, it’s still likely that there will be accidents related to drunk boaters this summer. These accidents can be dangerous or even deadly.

Common Boat Accident Injuries

When you’re out on the water, a mile away from the shore, even a minor injury can become critical. Add alcohol to the mix and the chance of incurring an injury is elevated. One of the biggest issues with a drunk boating injury is that people who are inebriated might not be able to respond correctly or might delay their response. When you’re out on the water, this can make the situation even worse. Common accidents caused by drunk boaters include:

  • Broken bones
  • Deep lacerations (these are especially common in motorboat accidents)
  • Whiplash
  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Drowning
  • A collapsed lung due to water intake

If you are injured in a boating accident, your first step should be to seek immediate medical attention. Certain injuries might not present symptoms for hours or even days after the accident. For this reason, it’s essential to visit a medical professional who can assess and properly treat your injuries.

An Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help

If you’ve been injured in a boat accident, you should focus on your physical recovery. Follow doctor’s orders and find the right attorney to help with recovering from the parties at fault. An attorney can bring a claim against a drunk boat operator or any other negligent parties. They can handle communications and negotiations with the insurance company so you don’t settle for less than fair compensation. A personal injury lawyer can also work to collect the necessary documentation to support your case, such as medical records, the official police report, and any applicable witness testimony. If necessary, an attorney can also bring litigation to collect compensation on your behalf.

Call a New Orleans Personal Injury Attorney Today

When you’re in a boating accident, injuries sustained might be just the start of your problems. Expensive medical bills, extended recovery time, and weeks away from your job can add to your stress. At the law office of Egenberg, APLC, our legal team is well-versed in this type of claim, and we are here to support and guide you through this difficult process. Call us today at 504-229-5700 to schedule a free initial consultation. We will review the details of your case and help you determine your best next steps. You can also contact us online.

Can Apps Help Battle Distracted Driving?

Distracted driving is one of the most common causes of dangerous—and sometimes fatal—accidents on the road, both in Louisiana and nationwide. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that in 2016, distracted drivers caused close to 3,500 traffic fatalities.

To help reduce the number of distracted drivers on the roads in Louisiana, the Louisiana Department of Motor Vehicles has enacted several regulations. For example, drivers with a learners permit (not a full driver’s license) may not use a hand-held cell phone while driving. Perhaps the most stringent law is the text message ban for all drivers. Drivers who are found guilty of sending a text message while driving face a stiff fine. However, despite these laws and continuing education, distracted driving accidents continue to increase.

Apps Designed to Help Prevent Distracted Driving

Some smartphone applications (apps) only add to the problem of distracted driving. Indeed, some apps, such as mapping software and gas price trackers, are designed to be used while driving. However, some developers have created apps designed to reduce the temptation of checking your phone on the road. Some of these apps include:

  • AT&T Drive Mode App – Silences any incoming text messages and sends an automatic response that the cell phone owner is currently driving and unavailable.
  • Android Message Loud App – This is an option designed for those who still need to stay connected while driving. Incoming texts and emails will be read out loud upon receipt.
  • Apple’s Focus App – This is a humorous option to prevent distracted driving. The app will “yell” at you whenever you touch your phone. You can also sign up to receive distraction reports that indicate how often you touched the phone’s screen while driving.

Regardless of how diligent you are about avoiding distractions while driving, other drivers might not be using the same safe-driving apps. Do your best to avoid contributing to the problem, but always assume that other drivers may not be paying attention. Watch out for anyone driving erratically or who is obviously texting or otherwise using their smartphone—stay clear and preferably behind that driver, where you can avoid an accident.

Contact a New Orleans, LA Distracted Driving Lawyer to Discuss your Case

Driving while distracted is a serious hazard and a national issue. If you have been injured by a distracted driver, you have important legal rights. The attorneys at Egenberg, APLC understand how devastating this type of accident can be and we are here to help. Contact us today to learn more about your legal options and how we can fight for fair compensation for your current and potential future damages. Don’t let the insurance companies offer you a low settlement that doesn’t even cover your medical bills. Call us at 504-229-5700 or contact us online to set up a free initial consultation to discuss your rights and legal options.

An Injury Can Disrupt Your Cruise

 

New Orleans is a popular cruise port, especially for cruises exploring the Caribbean. Many people fly into The Big Easy to meet their cruise ships and perhaps even spend some time exploring the city. While these trips are fun for the entire family, many things can happen on a cruise that can disrupt your vacation. Accidents and injuries are more common than you may think aboard cruise ships, and may be serious. Statistics on cruise ship injuries include:

  • 448 “major” cruise ship accidents reported from 2005 to 2013
  • 101 fires occurred onboard cruise ships from 2005 to 2013
  • 79 cruise ships were involved in collisions from 2005 to 2013
  • 66 cruise ships ran aground from 2005 to 2013
  • 15 cruise ships sank from 2010 to 2013
  • An average of 19.3 people per year fell overboard from 2005 to 2014
  • About 50 crimes are reported on cruise ships per year

Those statistics involve serious accidents and do not include more minor accidents that may nonetheless cause serious injuries. Common cruise ship accidents also include:

  • Slip and falls
  • Swimming pool or hot tub accidents
  • Food poisoning
  • Staircase accidents
  • Elevator or escalator accidents
  • Accidents embarking or disembarking
  • Fitness center accidents
  • Recreational accidents (climbing walls, water slides, etc.)
  • Alcohol-related injuries
  • Accidents on cruise-owned properties

These accidents often result in injuries including broken bones, concussions, spinal cord injuries, soft tissue injuries, and more. Such injuries may require immediate medical attention and a long recovery time. You may not be able to participate in any additional activities on vacation and you may have to miss work for a period of time when you get home. Serious cruise ship accidents may even result in permanent injuries that change your life.

If you suffered injuries in an accident on a cruise, the cruise ship company may be legally responsible for your injuries and losses. The best course of action is to discuss what happened with an experienced cruise accident attorney. Cases involving accidents on the water may be governed by different laws than those involving accidents on land and you need a law firm that regularly handles these types of cases. Cruise ship companies may be liable for accidents caused by:

  • Negligence
  • Inadequate security
  • Malpractice by cruise medical staff
  • Dram shop liability
  • Premises liability
  • Products liability

You should always have a skilled lawyer fully evaluate your legal options after an injury on a cruise ship.

Discuss Your Injuries with a New Orleans Cruise Accident Law Firm

Cruise ship cases can be complicated and cruise lines typically have attorneys working to limit liability for passenger accidents. If you were injured on a cruise, you should consult with an experienced cruise accident attorney about whether you may be entitled to recover compensation from the cruise line for your injuries. The law office of Egenberg, APLC knows how to handle cruise ship accident cases and we can advise you of your rights. Contact us online or call 504-229-5700 today to schedule your free consultation.

Safety Discussions to Have With Your Children

Children often engage in activities involving high risks of injury, without appreciating those risks like adults. Parents can help reduce accidents and injuries by discussing simple safety practices with their children. However, many parents are not fully aware of ways to improve their children’s safety.

Here are a few safety tips you can share with your children to help keep them safe and prevent common accidents:

Bicycle safety – Biking is fun for kids and a great outlet for energy. However, biking is also dangerous. Kids should be aware of the risks of getting hit by cars or falling and hitting the sidewalk, pavement, or curb. They should know to always wear a helmet that properly fits their head, as well as brightly colored clothing and other safety equipment.

Pedestrian safety – Many kids walk to school or a neighbor’s house to play on a regular basis. You should explain the dangers of getting hit by a car to your child and talk about using crosswalks, waiting for walk signals, and avoiding crossing the street as much as possible. Set boundaries for your kids when they are walking, especially anywhere near busy streets. Also, discuss never getting into a car with anyone, as well as how to handle strangers who try to approach them.

Burns and scalds prevention – Children can incur serious burns from everyday activities like cooking, grilling, and even excessively hot baths. Turn your water heater down and teach children that stoves, ovens, pots and pans, grills, and any form of flame—even just candles—can seriously hurt them. Remind children to always ask for help or permission before going near anything hot or using the microwave. Don’t let children run and play in the kitchen while you are cooking, and don’t leave a skillet or pan on the front of the stove where a child can reach the handle.

School bus safety – Riding the bus poses another set of potential dangers for your child. First, teach your child to stand back from the curb when the bus approaches or drives away. Your child should wait until the bus stops completely and the driver opens the door before stepping off the curb. Second, teach your child how to cross in front of the bus, if necessary, by leaving plenty of space between themselves and the front of the bus, making eye contact with the driver, and looking both ways before crossing the street.

Call a Trusted New Orleans Personal Injury Attorney Today

We hope these suggestions on safety conversations to have with your child help prevent accidents and injuries. Unfortunately, children sometimes get hurt in accidents that could have been prevented, or because someone else acted negligently. If your child has been hurt in an accident because of another person’s negligence, you should not wait to call a New Orleans personal injury lawyer at Egenberg, APLC. Contact our office online or call us at 504-229-5700 to learn more about how we can help you and your children today.

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