An 11-year-old child was injured in a crash on I-10 that occurred during a police traffic stop. The vehicle the child was in had been stopped by a Department of Public Safety officer for speeding.
According to NOLA, when the officer was issuing the citation, another vehicle that was “out of control” rear-ended the officer’s vehicle, which then hit the vehicle being cited. The child suffered mild to moderate injuries. The driver who caused the crash was cited for careless operation of a motor-vehicle.
This accident highlights the unfortunate fact that collisions can happen at any time—even during a police stop. If you or someone you love was injured in a rear-end crash, you may be entitled to compensation for economic and non-economic damages.
A Marksville personal injury lawyer from Laborde Earles Law Firm can evaluate your case to determine if you have grounds for a claim. Our attorneys have 100 years of combined experience representing the injured. Call 800-522-6733 today to schedule a free initial consultation.
9 Tips to Help You Avoid Rear-End Collisions
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Although the victims in the above story had little control over the situation, there are steps that drivers can take to reduce their risk of being involved in a rear-end crash. Before we delve into these strategies, it is first important to note that most rear-end collisions are caused by four factors: distracted driving, speeding, tailgating, and drunk driving.
A serious rear-end collision can cause catastrophic injuries to the neck, back, or head. It is common for victims to be sidelined from work for weeks or even months while they recover.
The following nine tips will reduce your risk of being involved in a rear-end crash:
- Check your brake lights periodically to make sure they are working;
- Avoid driving through congested traffic;
- Monitor the traffic pattern in front of the leading vehicle so you can anticipate sudden slowdowns;
- Avoid distracting behaviors such as texting, eating or drinking, grooming, using social media, or gawking at billboards;
- If another driver is tailgating you, change lanes and let him or her pass;
- If you are approaching a stop sign or red light, engage your brakes early so the vehicle behind you can anticipate the stop;
- Help other drivers anticipate your actions by driving predictably;
- Double your following distance and reduce your speed when driving in poor weather; and
- Keep your distance from drivers who appear to be intoxicated or aggressive.
Unfortunately, even the safest motorists can fall victim to drunk, distracted, and negligent drivers. If you or a member of your family was injured in a rear-end collision, contact Laborde Earles Law Firm.
Our award-winning lawyers have earned an AV Preeminent rating on the Martindale-Hubbell attorney rating service. Call 800-522-6733 to schedule a free initial consultation with a car accident attorney in Louisiana.