McCONNELL LAW OFFICES 
Injury Law Firm

337-347-6404

 

Located in Lafayette's Oil Center:
1021 Coolidge Boulevard
Lafayette, Louisiana  70503

Mailing Address:
P. O. Cabinet 52024
Lafayette, LA  70505-2024

Matt D. McConnell, Founder - Matt@McConnellLawOffices.com

Sandy Scott, Executive Assistant - Sandy@McConnellLawOffices.com

Rosalyn LaFleur, Paralegal - Rosalyn@McConnellLawOffices.com

  

 
    

 

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Monday
Aug152016

Summary of Federal Flood Relief for LA's Victims

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Monday
Aug152016

Potential Federal Flood Relief

As of this posting no declaration has been made yet for Lafayette Parish, though that is anticipated. And it has been suggested that calls to these numbers will help our parish's case and get an emergency declaration. So, give them a call and let them know if you've had flood problems:

How to Apply for Federal Aid For Louisiana Flood Victims:

Individuals and business owners who sustained losses in the designated area can begin applying for assistance tomorrow by registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Disaster assistance applicants, who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.

https://www.disasterassistance.gov/

Saturday
Jul232016

McConnell Law: Helping Acadiana's Injured People and Businesses

Matt McConnell was raised in Lafayette, Louisiana, where he attended public and private schools including USL's Hamilton Lab School, Woodvale and Plantation Elementary, Paul Breaux Middle, and St. Thomas More High School.

Matt observed his parents serve their small business customers and discovered that he was naturally inclined to identify injustice and to serve "the little guys" of the world. He found career inspiration from Harper Lee's "To Kill A Mockingbird".

Matt worked his way through school as a deckhand on the Chesapeake Bay, as a Virginia hardwood-sawmill manager, and as a paperboy, newspaper-reporter and assistant newspaper editor.

Now representing the people of Acadiana, who he thinks of as friends and neighbors, Matt takes greatest pleasure in securing justice on their behalf even in the face of multinational conglomerates, and helping to restore order to their lives where previously accidental injury or casualty had created chaos and disruption.

If you or your business has been harmed by accidental injury or loss, please call Matt McConnell and let McConnell Law Offices help.

337-347-6404

There is no charge for initial appointments in injury and casualty cases. If you have questions, we can help find answers. Just call.

Friday
Jul012016

Self-Driving Vehicles Still Susceptible to Tragic Accidents

DETROIT — The race by automakers and technology firms to develop self-driving cars has been fueled by the belief that computers can operate a vehicle more safely than human drivers.

But that view is now in question after the revelation on Thursday that the driver of a Tesla Model S electric sedan was killed in an accident when the car was in self-driving mode.

Federal regulators, who are in the early stages of setting guidelines for autonomous vehicles, have opened a formal investigation into the incident, which occurred on May 7 in Williston, Fla.

In a statement, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said preliminary reports indicated that the crash occurred when a tractor-trailer made a left turn in front of the Tesla, and the car failed to apply the brakes.

It is the first known fatal accident involving a vehicle being driven by itself by means of sophisticated computer software, sensors, cameras and radar.

The safety agency did not identify the Tesla driver who was killed. But the Florida Highway Patrol identified him as Joshua Brown, 40, of Canton, Ohio.

He was a Navy veteran who owned a technology consulting firm. In a news release, Tesla on Thursday described him as a man “who spent his life focused on innovation and the promise of technology and who believed strongly in Tesla’s mission.”

Mr. Brown posted videos of himself riding in autopilot mode. “The car’s doing it all itself,’’ he said in one, smiling as he took his hands from the steering wheel.

Joshua Brown demonstrating the Tesla's "autopilot" mode. Video by Joshua Brown

In another, he praised the system for saving his car from an accident.

The death is a blow to Tesla at a time when the company is pushing to expand its product lineup from expensive electric vehicles to more mainstream models. The company on Thursday declined to say whether the technology or the driver or either were at fault in the accident.

In its news release it said, “Neither autopilot nor the driver noticed the white side of the tractor-trailer against a brightly lit sky, so the brake was not applied.”

The crash also casts doubt on whether autonomous vehicles in general can consistently make split-second, life-or-death driving decisions on the highway.

And other companies are increasing investments in self-driving technology. Google, for example, recently announced plans to adapt 100 Chrysler minivans for autonomous driving. Earlier this year, G.M. acquired the software firm Cruise Automation to accelerate its own self-driving applications.

Even as the companies conduct many tests on autonomous vehicles at both private facilities and on public highways, there is skepticism that the technology has progressed far enough for the government to approve cars that totally drive themselves.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/01/business/self-driving-tesla-fatal-crash-investigation.html?_r=0

Friday
Jun172016

Texting and Driving: Dangerous and NOW MORE EXPENSIVE THAN EVER

Published: Thursday, June 16, 2016 at 7:35 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, June 16, 2016 at 7:35 a.m.

BATON ROUGE — Maximum penalties will be higher for violating state laws that ban texting or posting to social media sites while driving and that restrict cell phone use for young drivers.

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced this week he had signed the bill into law.

The change immediately increases those traffic fines to up to $500 for a first offense and up to $1,000 for additional violations. Drivers under 18 could face license suspension for up to 60 days for second and later violations.

Edwards also signed a bill boosting fines for people caught not wearing seatbelts in a vehicle. That measure, which takes effect Aug. 1, increases the penalty for a first offense to $50. Violators will pay $75 each additional time.

http://www.dailycomet.com/article/20160616/WIRE/160619776?tc=cr