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Car accidents: did distracted driving result in a fatality?

Louisiana authorities are pleading with drivers to avoid all methods of distracted driving. Authorities are witnessing many car accidents that are a result of cell phone use and looking away from the road for anything as simple as talking to a passenger. One recent tragic accident has authorities again pleading to maintain safety on the roads. A recent three-car collision resulted in three drivers suffering injuries and the death of one passenger.

All three vehicles involved in the collision were traveling in the same direction on Interstate 310. The first driver whose actions may have begun the chain reaction apparently swerved her sedan, which resulted in her rear-ending another sedan. The second vehicle involved was driven by a 25-year-old male and a 21-year-old passenger inside. The impact of the other vehicle spun the second vehicle around, leaving it stopped across the lane; the passenger's side door was facing oncoming traffic.

Some pet owners may need criminal defense attorneys

Louisiana pet owners may not be aware that some instances of leaving a pet outside can result in felony charges of animal cruelty. The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is campaigning to warn pet owners that it is the law to protect their pets from the extreme cold. If pet owners abide by the law, they likely could avoid the need for a criminal defense attorney.

When the National Weather Service issues a freeze advisory, it is against the law to leave pets outside for any length of time unsupervised. The Louisiana SPCA states that a good rule to follow is, if it is too cold for a human, it is too cold for the pet. It is advised that blankets and sweaters also be used as needed, and to be mindful that stray cats may climb inside of car engines in an attempt to stay warm.

Jesse Jackson Jr.'s divorce may be headed to family law court

What starts out as a loving, caring and supportive relationship can end in a contentious battle. While many Louisiana couples will likely follow the advice of family law attorneys to reach a quick and amicable end to a divorce, some will be painfully extended by ongoing arguments between a couple. One couple in another state has not yet reached a divorce agreement and may have to go to trial to end their marriage.

Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife Sandi are not strangers to public scrutiny. Prior to the news of their marital battles, the couple was involved in a campaign fraud scandal. Each was convicted and each spent time in prison. Jesse was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for his home state, and Sandi formerly served as a city council member.

Car accidents: Man loses future bride, son and unborn child

One Louisiana couple recently celebrated a monumental weekend. They became engaged and celebrated with their family, but their night ended tragically. Sadly, they were victims in one of the area's most tragic car accidents.

Reportedly, the couple had been in a relationship for four years. They shared a 7-month-old child together, and had recently discovered they were expecting another child. As a gift on Christmas Eve, a proposal was made to the 19-year-old woman, and the couple celebrated with family. As they were traveling back to their home from the family gathering, they were rear-ended by a drunk driver.

Remember these tips for driving in congested traffic

For the past few years, the traffic in Lafayette has gotten more and more congested. Driving on major thoroughfares like Ambassador Caffery or Johnston Street can take a lot of patience, especially during rush hour.

There are a few things that it can be important to remember when you are driving in heavy traffic. Such tips may be able to help you to remain safe. Of course, you need other drivers to reciprocate the favor if you are going to remain totally safe and avoid a car crash.

Car accidents: Woman overcomes serious injuries to graduate

Some people may not realize the extent to which a car accident can change a person's life until they experience it or know someone who has gone through the experience. Not only can car accidents result in serious injuries, but they can completely change the quality of people's lives. Fortunately, one Louisiana young woman has defied the odds of suffering traumatic injuries following a horrific car accident.

While riding with friends on summer break, another vehicle crashed into the side of the vehicle in which she was a passenger. She suffered serious injuries, including a collapsed lung and brain injury. Her physicians placed her in a medically-induced coma to allow her brain to heal. Due to the accident, she could not attend her chosen college as she had planned.

Criminal defense: 2 women arrested for fraud

Although financial crimes have likely been around as long as currency has existed, the number of incidents may seem more frequent. Some may argue that the availability and accessibility of information and technology may increase those types of crimes. Two women were arrested for two separate similar crimes and will likely be relying upon the advice of Louisiana criminal defense attorneys throughout their cases.

One of the women may face harsher punishment if she is convicted of her charges. The 44-year-old apparently has a previous criminal record involving automobile insurance fraud, and convictions of similar previous crimes will likely not be favored by the court system. Currently, she has been arrested for a new insurance fraud case. She has been accused of using a former boss's information to file fraudulent insurance claims in the amount of $1,829.

Car accidents: Unborn child killed with parents in collision

One Louisiana family has had to unexpectantly bury three loved ones. Sadly, they never had the chance to meet one of the family members because he or she had not been born. The couple and their unborn child were victims of one of the latest tragic and fatal car accidents in the area.

For unknown reasons, a man driving a pickup truck drove out of his lane into the opposite lane of traffic as he was traveling on a flyover bridge on a Louisiana highway. The driving error resulted in a head-on collision with a sedan containing the couple. The woman was seven months pregnant.

Family law: Domestic abuse arrest reveals scandlous divorce

When some marriages come to an end, spouses may find it comforting to know that attorneys in Louisiana must keep many details about the dissolution of a marriage to themselves. Some marriages are unfortunately filled with scandal and unsavory accusations. A woman's arrest in another state has revealed one couple's ugly separation and the beginning of their divorce process in the family law court system.

The 39-year-old wife was recently arrested for domestic violence against her husband. Allegedly, a fight over bank accounts, her husband withholding her cell phone and an accusation of him taking $110,000 led to her biting her husband. The fight, unfortunately, occurred in front of the couple's two children, who are both under the age of 12. A judge ordered the wife to refrain from contacting her husband and her children until further notice.

Wrongful death lawsuits can hold drunk drivers accountable

Losing a loved one is never easy. If the death was the result of an illness, you may have had time to prepare yourself, but that doesn't make grieving less painful. However, there is an extra layer of pain and shock involved when a family loses someone unexpectedly. Sudden medical events or a motor vehicle crash could end a life quickly, leaving family members and friends to grieve not only the loss of life, but the loss of a future with their loved one.

When a death is the result of a car crash caused by someone else, there is often a lot of anger directed toward that other driver. In cases of neglect, distraction or intoxication, you may push law enforcement to pursue criminal charges related to the crash. Whether or not there's a criminal conviction, your family may need to consider pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit.