7 Glyphosate-Free Ways to Treat Weeds

by Dudley DeBosier | August 14th, 2019

Glyphosate, the major herbicidal ingredient in  Roundup, has been linked to increased risk of cancer, including non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Roundup is the world’s most popular weed killer, and many homeowners have trusted this product for years, so if you aren’t sure what your other options are for keeping your garden or lawn free of weeds without using chemicals, this is for you.

We’ve compiled seven easy ways to kill weeds with non-harmful products you may already have in your home. Select the image below to learn more.

If you have recently been diagnosed with cancer and believe Roundup may be responsible, contact the legal team at Dudley DeBosier to learn about your options for getting compensation.

The Dangers of Dry Drowning and What to Do About It

by Dudley DeBosier | July 10th, 2019

Delayed drowning is every parents’ worst nightmare – death by drowning long after a child leaves the water. Although this phenomenon is extremely rare, it does happen, and it’s important for parents to understand what they can do to protect their children any time they enter the water. Learn more about delayed drowning, how it’s treated, and general water safety tips by selecting the image below.

If you or a loved one were injured due to someone else’s negligence when you should have been enjoying your summer, we at Dudley DeBosier understand how severely your life can be affected. Contact our legal team today to learn what compensation you may be entitled to after an injury-causing accident.

How to Handle an Injury When You’re on Vacation

by Dudley DeBosier | July 3rd, 2019

Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie or prefer lounging under a palm tree with a cold drink, suffering a serious injury while you’re on vacation probably isn’t part of your itinerary. Unfortunately, vacation accidents are something that many Louisianans deal with when they travel seeking fun and relaxation.

Accidents and injuries don’t abide by anyone’s schedule, and they can happen anytime and anywhere. Determining what to do after an injury when you’re far from home can be intimidating, but following just a few simple steps can help you get the medical care you need while protecting your rights to file a compensation claim.

6 Essential Steps to Take After a Vacation Injury

Take these steps after a vacation injury to protect your health and maximize your chances of getting the money you deserve:

  1. Report the accident—Notify the manager on duty or property owner of the location in which you were hurt. If you were injured in a car accident, call 911 or alert the police.
  2. Take pictures—Use your smartphone or a camera to photograph the accident scene, your injuries, and anything that may have contributed to the accident.
  3. Get names and phone numbers—Get the contact information of anyone who witnessed the accident, including bystanders, employees, and the manager on duty.
  4. Get medical attention—Getting medical treatment not only puts you on the path to recovery, but it also creates an official record of your injuries—which may be valuable evidence for your claim.
  5. Call your insurers—If you were hurt in a car accident while traveling, report the crash to your auto insurance company. If you purchased travel insurance, report your injury to them as soon as possible.
  6. Contact a lawyer—Evidence can quickly disappear after accidents, especially when they happen in public places. The sooner you contact a lawyer, the stronger your claim may be.

While these steps may seem simple, they can be difficult to remember when you’ve just suffered a serious injury—especially when you’re on vacation. That’s why we created a free downloadable wallet card that contains all the information you’ll need to protect your health and your rights to compensation after an accident when you’re away from home.

Get Experienced Legal Representation for Your Vacation Injury

At Dudley DeBosier, we know all about vacation and travel-related injuries. With an office located in New Orleans, home of Mardi Gras, the Saints, and the French Quarter, we frequently encounter tourists and vacationers from all walks of life who need help after an injury.

In our years of practice, we’ve helped many people who were hurt through no fault of their own when they were traveling, whether it was just around Louisiana or to distant parts of the country. Contact our New Orleans personal injury lawyers today to find out how we can put our years of experience to work for you. It’s our goal to help you get the compensation you need for your medical bills, lost wages, and other accident-related expenses—that’s the Dudley DeBosier Difference.

5 Tips to Reduce Your Risks on Memorial Day Weekend

by Dudley DeBosier | May 22nd, 2019

Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of summer, and according to AAA, it’s also one of the busiest times to be on the road. 36.6 million people traveled by car during Memorial Day weekend in 2018—nearly five percent more than in 2017. But with more travelers on the road, the risk of being involved in an auto accident increases.

Whether you’re heading out for a weekend getaway or driving across town to celebrate with family and friends, reduce your accident risk this Memorial Day weekend by following these five tips.

We hope you have a safe and happy Memorial Day!

Sources: ValuePenguin, NHTSA, AAA NewsRoom

How Much Does It Cost to Hire the Lawyers at Dudley DeBosier?

by Dudley DeBosier | July 27th, 2018

At Dudley DeBosier, we know the first thing you may worry about before you call a lawyer is how much it will cost to hire one. Our lawyers think that should be the last thing you worry about. But when you contact Dudley DeBosier, you pay us nothing—no fees, costs, or expenses—unless we get you money.

Why make this promise?

Our lawyers know what you’re going through after an injury that wasn’t your fault. Not only is your routine disrupted, you’re probably also worried about getting the treatment you need and how you’ll pay the medical bills that come afterward. So, we thought, why should you also have to worry about the cost of hiring a lawyer?

After all, our team is here to help you get compensation that, in some cases, may be much higher than the insurance company would offer if you decided to pursue your claim without an attorney. Our experienced lawyers are available to anyone who may need our help, regardless of their financial situation or ability to pay upfront. As a law firm committed to helping our community, we think this is the right thing to do.

How does our process work?

When you call our 24/7 team, we’ll talk to you about what happened and determine your potential rights to compensation. If you hire us, we’ll begin working on your case at no cost to you. If we’re unable to recover money for your claim, you pay us nothing for the work we performed.

If we are able to recover compensation for your claim, you pay us a fee we agree upon together before we start working on your case.

Simply put, contacting the lawyers at Dudley DeBosier is a no-risk situation for injury victims and their loved ones. The call is free, the initial consultation is free, and if you choose us as your lawyers, you won’t pay us unless we get results.

Lawyers Committed to Helping Louisiana Injury Victims

If you or a loved one is considering hiring an attorney after an injury, we’re committed to helping you get the best possible results for your claim. But don’t just take it from us—check out our testimonials to learn what some of our real-world clients have to say. Then call (866) 897-8495 or contact us online to get your FREE, no-risk, no-obligation consultation.

It’s Your Right to Protect Your Rights After an Injury

by Dudley DeBosier | July 18th, 2018

After an accident or injury, there’s a common question your friends and family may ask you: “Are you hiring a lawyer?”

At this point, several thoughts may be going through your head:

  • Is my injury severe enough to require a lawyer?
  • What will people think if I hire a lawyer?
  • Can’t I just deal directly with the insurance company?
  • Am I really the suing type?

At Dudley DeBosier, we understand why you may be asking these questions, and we want to set the record straight: It’s your right to protect your rights after an injury.

The civil court system, where injury law cases are filed, is entirely separate from the criminal court system. It was created, in part, to help victims harmed due to someone else’s negligence get fair compensation from the person, company, or entity responsible for their injuries.

So, why do people question their right to pursue fair compensation?

Insurance Companies Tell One Side of the Story

Well-funded insurance companies, big businesses, and corporate lobbyists have been working to unravel injury victims’ rights for decades. Their goal, often referred to as tort reform, is to restrict victims’ abilities to file an injury claim for fair compensation. They’ve used a number of tactics to help get their way, but one has been particularly effective—painting injury victims who hire a lawyer as people trying to game the system.

Not only is this idea misleading, it’s led to many injury victims putting their full trust in insurance companies to conduct a thorough, fair, and open investigation based on facts and evidence. However, insurance companies are for-profit corporations, and to keep profits high, they often reduce the value of claims—or deny them altogether—regardless of what the evidence proves.

By scaring everyday people away from hiring a lawyer, corporations are holding onto money that should be going to injury victims to help cover damages such as medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

Ensure Your Voice Gets Heard

Dudley DeBosier offers the No Fee Guarantee® to all personal injury victims. This means we can provide you with a free initial consultation, we won’t charge you any upfront fees to get started with your claim, and you won’t pay us unless we get money for your claim. Unlike insurance companies, our success depends on yours, and we’re here to make sure your side of the story gets heard. If you or a loved one were injured due to someone else’s negligence, contact our attorneys 24/7 to help protect your rights. We want to help.

BBQ Safety

by Madison King | June 23rd, 2017

Each summer we all enjoy outdoor barbeques with our friends and families. However, it is important to always practice grill safety every time you “fire-up the pit.” Practice these guidelines every time you grill to ensure your safety and the safety of others.

Clean the grill

Grilling is a fun way to cook food and spend quality time with loved ones, but it is also an easy way to get burned. Cleaning your grill before use will in cleaner, better-tasting food and also prevent fat and grease buildup from becoming a fire hazard.

Clean the trays and grates on the grill with a steel brush, wipe clean with a wet towel and wash and dry the removable components. This will prevent the buildup from catching fire when you start up the grill.

Keeping the area clean around the grill is just as important. Seventeen percent of grill fires involve an item that was dangerously close to the grill, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Remove any items that are in a dangerous proximity and reposition the grill itself if it is too close to your house.

Check the tank

Gas leaks and breaks are the most common reason for accidental fires involving gas grills. A good rule of thumb is to always check your propane tank and hoses before you fire up the grill.

Carefully inspect your propane tank and the safety valve and make sure there are no blocked tubes. It will take you five minutes but it will keep your family and friends safe.

Food Safety

It is crucial to ensure that grillers are taking the necessary steps to ensure food safety this season. Keep your food safe by remembering these four steps: clean, separate, cook, and chill.

Be sure that you start with clean surfaces and clean hands, and remember to separate raw meat and poultry from your veggies and cooked foods. Before you take your burgers, hot dogs or chicken off the grill, check the temperature. Using a food thermometer is also ideal for knowing when food is cooked thoroughly.

The United States Department of Agriculture advises people to never let perishable food sit out for more than two hours since bacteria grow most rapidly between 40°F and 140°F. If the temperature is higher than 90°F, food should not sit out more than one hour.

Stay close

Although serving barbeque can be a fairly easy task, it is also one of the most dangerous. Most grill related injuries involve an unattended grill.

Ask friends and loved ones for help that involves stepping away. Another adult would be glad to tend to the grill while you are gone. Do not compromise safety for convenience, it never works out well.

You Need A Staycation

by Alyssa Perot-Heltz | June 1st, 2017

Ready for a vacation? How about a staycation? You don’t need to go far to enjoy the variety of life from restaurants, theaters, museums, and family entertainment to the sportsman’s paradise in the Bayou!

Baton Rouge

There is always plenty to do in the capital city! You and the kids can cool off on a hot day at Blue Bayou Water Park off of Highland Road. Or, if you are looking for a shorter adventure, you can visit BREC’s Liberty Lagoon Water Park. If you are a history buff, check out the USS-KIDD on the Mississippi River in Downtown. And then grab a rooftop lunch at Tsunamis.

New Orleans

Can’t-miss venues include the Ogden Museum of Southern Art; the Contemporary Arts Center; the Cabildo and Presbytère buildings in the French Quarter; and Mardi Gras World, where you can get a behind-the-scenes look at how the parade floats are built.

You can also visit the National World War II Museum, which tells the story of the Greatest Generation and the battles fought in Europe and in the Pacific, on land and sea and in the air.

Families will especially enjoy the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas and Entergy IMAX Theatre, Audubon Zoo and the Audubon Insectarium. The kids will love the Louisiana Children’s Museum, it is packed with hands-on, educational activities. And don’t forget to pass through City Park, where kids can play in Storyland, feed the ducks and ride paddle boats.

In the nearby town of Folsom is an unusual spot, the Global Wildlife Center. During a 90-minute safari tour, you can see giraffes, zebras, camels, elands and other animals. You can even feed them!

Monroe

In Monroe, we have the Biedenharn Museum & Gardens, a magnificent mansion built by the first bottler of Coca-Cola, Joseph Biedenharn. Guests can tour the historic home, furnished with antiques, as well as the beautiful gardens, a Bible museum and displays of Coke memorabilia.

Vacationing with the kids? Don’t miss Shreveport’s Sci-Port – Louisiana’s Science Center, more than 90,000 square feet of interactive, educational fun for families. Try out Splash Kingdom Family Waterpark in Shreveport, featuring awesome slides and a lazy river.

In Ferriday, the Delta Music Museum spotlights the rock ’n’ roll and blues musicians from the Delta. Learn more about Mickey Gilley; Jerry Lee Lewis; and Louisiana’s “singing governor,” Jimmie Davis, remembered for his big hit, “You Are My Sunshine.”

Alexandria

Alexandria’s T.R.E.E. House Children’s Museum and the town’s zoo are two such stops the kids will enjoy. They may also enjoy the Kisatchie National Forest, Louisiana’s only national forest. It’s a great place to fish; hunt; hike; and go boating, swimming and camping. Toledo Bend Reservoir is one of the nation’s top fishing spots, and you can also picnic and camp there.

Lafayette

Crowley, between Lafayette and Lake Charles, celebrates the area’s rice crop in many ways. The Historic Rice Theatre, an art deco beauty built in 1940, has been lovingly restored and features local music events. Crowley also boasts the J.D. Miller Music Recording Studio Museum, opened in 1946 and restored to its original state. The studio once recorded tunes by local Cajun, zydeco, blues, country and swamp pop artists.

Children will find much to do in Cajun Country. Both Lafayette and Lake Charles have children’s museums. In DeQuincy, let kids see the train cars at the DeQuincy Railroad Museum. And in the fall, Crowley’s Rice Festival celebrates the harvesting of the rice crop with carnival rides and fun activities for the whole family!

A visit to beautiful Avery Island brings tours of the famous Tabasco factory. In the island’s Jungle Gardens, you can see exotic plants, as well as deer, alligator and snowy egrets, among other wildlife.

The Rayne Frog Festival holds frog-jumping and frog-racing contests – bring your own contender. The Festival International de Louisiane in Lafayette includes music, food and arts and crafts.

Summer Safety

by Alyssa Perot-Heltz | May 1st, 2017

Summer is fast approaching and soon we will be slipping and sliding, swimming and enjoying fun summer weather. However, don’t let your outdoor fun turn into a serious injury. Follow these safety tips to ensure you and your family are safe this summer:

Water Safety:

  • Never leave children unsupervised in the water
  • Always wear a lifejacket when boating
  • Never swim alone

Outdoor Safety:

  • Always wear sunscreen and insect repellent
  • Beat the heat and dress infants and children in loose, light colored clothing
  • Never leave children or pets unattended in a vehicle, even if the windows are cracked
  • Stay hydrated
  • Watch-out for poison ivy
  • Check playground equipment before letting your children play on it

Firework Safety:

  • Only light one firework at a time
  • Watch any children handling sparklers
  • Always keep a bucket of water nearby
  • Soak all fireworks in water before disposing of them
  • Remember, fireworks are hot!

For more on summer safety, visit these sites:

National Safety Council

Center for Disease Control

How to Make Time for Health and Fitness

by Camille Quebodeaux | January 25th, 2017

With a New Year comes new resolutions for many people who are trying to better themselves while achieving a certain goal. Health and fitness resolutions are among the most popular for people. However, they are often the hardest to achieve.

Life is constantly changing and moving forward, whether we are ready for the next step or not. We are faced with many obstacles, tasks, and priorities that need to be taken care of. Our personal time may not always be available as we would like it to be. We all know that sticking to a diet and a regular gym schedule isn’t the most convenient task, especially when time doesn’t permit it. So here are a few tips to help you stay on track with that healthy lifestyle and accommodate your busy schedule:

Less Can Be More

A short 15 minute workout can be just as beneficial as an hour long workout. For example, four minutes of kettlebell/dumbbell exercises, four minutes of different abs workouts, five minutes of lunges and squats, and two minutes of cooldown cardio or stretching can achieve the same results of a longer workout and is easier to fit into a busy schedule.

Supersets

Yes, less can be more, but more can also be done in less time. Supersets (two exercises performed in a row) allow you to cut that hour long workout in half, while still completing every exercise. After finishing one muscle workout, switch to an exercise that relieves the muscle you just trained and move to the opposite muscle. For example, once you’ve worked out your quad muscles, work out your hamstrings.

Learn Quick Recipes (Meal Prep)

After a long hard day at work, the last thing you want to do is stand over a hot stove for hours to prepare a meal. Become familiar with healthy recipes and do your best to prepare them ahead of time for the week. This will help avoid those fast food cravings on your way home from work. There are many great sources online to help you find the best meal prep recipes.

Live an Active Lifestyle

If there was just no time for you to exercise like you wanted to during the week, simply incorporate some type of  fun exercise into your extracurricular activities. For example, instead of meeting up with a friend for coffee one afternoon, meet at a pool and go for a swim.

Business Spotlight

If you’re in the Baton Rouge area and looking for something delicious, yet nutritious, check out Fresh Kitchen. They are located on Corporate Blvd and their newly opened location is on Perkins Road at Willow Grove. Fresh Kitchen specializes in clean ingredients, healthy cooking methods and portion controlled servings. This is a great option for the Baton Rouge professional looking for a quick, healthy meal.

Just Relax

Staying healthy isn’t only comprised of eating the right foods and exercising, but also contains the important factor of relaxation. It is imperative that you take some much-deserved time off to relax and free your mind of everything that has been running through it. Whether it be meditation, reading a book, or a hot bath, relaxing will help you be healthier, happier, and more productive. So stay focused on your set goals and remember, “But I just don’t have time,” is never an excuse!

Do you have a solid diet and fitness plan, but not sure how to map it out? Check out our blog on making resolutions and sticking to them.

New Year – Fresh Start

by Elizabeth Demopulos | January 18th, 2017

It’s that time again – a new year is upon us! For many, the beginning of a new year is something to celebrate and an opportunity for a fresh start. The thought of a new year brings a sense of excitement, and a chance for renewal and growth for the days ahead.

Most of us set off into the new year with resolutions and the best intentions to better ourselves over the next 365 days. However, in the real world, things don’t always go as planned and sometimes we lose sight of the things we know will lead to a happier and healthier life. So whether your resolutions are to make healthier choices or other personal development goals, here are some tips to ensure you make it to the finish line this year!

Use the SMART goal setting method:

  • Specific – Try to avoid setting vague goals. Specific goals help to make sure you achieve exactly what it is you set out to do.
  • Measurable – Instead of setting a goal like “volunteer more”, set a goal you can measure. For example, how many hours or days you plan to spend for volunteer efforts.
  • Achievable – Make sure you set a goal that is achievable. Yes, you want to set your goal a little outside your comfort zone and push yourself, but don’t set such a massive goal that the thought of it is overwhelming and you give up! If you are striving for one big goal, consider breaking it up into a few smaller goals to help stay motivated. Example: If your overall goal is to lose 50 lbs before 2018, set a monthly goal to lose a specific amount to keep yourself on track!
  • Realistic – Know your capabilities and your limits. Setting a realistic goal is similar to one that is achievable. Choose an outcome that you can control and that makes sense.
  • Time based – Set a deadline for the goals you want to accomplish. If your overall goal is a long term goal, set some “check-in” dates throughout to hold yourself accountable.

An example of a smart goal could be, “My goal is to triple the amount of money in my savings account and have $600 saved by December 31, 2017.” Assuming you have a plan to save this additional money, this goal is specific, measureable, achievable, realistic, and time based. Smart goals ensure that your new year’s resolutions are attainable and give you the best chance for success.

Visualize your goal

Seeing is believing. Once you set your resolutions, write them down and place them in a visible area. Seeing the goals in a place you that you visit often, such as a refrigerator or on the wallpaper of your phone, allows you to keep it in your subconscious thoughts. Create a detailed, mental picture of yourself achieving the goal or resolution so you will be more inclined to work toward it.

Be prepared to change habits

Switching out the old, bad habits for new ones means that you can give yourself structure, routine, and room for improvement. Sometimes it takes a while before the changes are set in stone and you may face challenges along the way. To stick with the new habits, track your progress, overcome the roadblocks in your way, and reward yourself.

Surround yourself with people who support your goals

When going through a transformation, it is beneficial to have people around you that motivate and support you. Family, friends, nutritionists, personal trainers, teachers, and most professionals in any field may have been through similar experiences and can guide you through challenges that you endure. Let your support group know what your goals are so they can help keep you on track.

There are so many ways people can choose to better their lives this year; so whether your new year’s resolution is to get in shape, spend more time with family, or advance your career, we wish you the very best in your efforts. Just remember to stay positive! If you fall behind or feel like you’re failing, don’t get discouraged! Each and every day brings a new beginning and your next opportunity is right around the corner.

“Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” – Carl Bard

Halloween 2016 Tips: Stay Spooky, But Safe

by Madison King | October 25th, 2016

Pumpkin pies, candy, and costumes all are signs Autumn is here in Louisiana and Halloween is quickly approaching. Trick-or-treaters are always excited to have a spooktacular time on Halloween. However, the busy day poses risks that people should be aware of, and it’s not just the scary decorations. Follow these tips to ensure a safe night for this year’s festivities.

Safety Tips for Trick-or-Treating:

  • Look up the times and rules of trick-or-treating in your community. Many neighborhoods have set time frames.
  • Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.
  • Check all candy to make sure it is sealed, not torn or has holes, and has not expired.

Safety Tips for Costumes:

  • Use reflective or glow in the dark tape on costumes and bags. Walking with a flashlight can also help drivers see you.
  • Keep costumes just above the ankle to be able to walk easily and prevent any trips or falls.
  • Be sure that the costume and accessories are fire-resistant.

Safety Tips for Drivers:

  • Drive slowly to spot children in the dark. Keep in mind that pedestrian traffic is much heavier on this day.
  • Enter and exit driveways carefully.
  • Do not pass other vehicles in the road because they could be dropping off or picking up children.
  • Talk to your children about Halloween safety. At Dudley DeBosier, we know what a fun-filled night it can be and our Louisiana attorneys hope that you and your loved ones take these precautions to keep it a fun and safe night for everyone. If you enjoyed this article or found it helpful, give it a share and follow us on Facebook for more articles like this.

Recovering After the Flood

by Dudley DeBosier | August 16th, 2016

While we are continuing our prayers for the safety and well-being for everyone affected by the flooding, it is important to begin taking action now to recover as much as you can. The first few days after a flood are some of the most important in order to repair your home and receive full compensation for your damages.

What To Do Now

Apply for Disaster Assistance

Even if your parish has not yet received an official disaster declaration, we recommend applying for assistance as soon as possible as it can be a lengthy and tedious process.

Be Safe

Stay cautious when returning to a flooded property. Search for any visible structural damage, such as cracked or loosened foundations before entering. Contact utility companies if you suspect damage to water, gas, electric or sewer lines.

The water in your home could be contaminated by sewage or household chemicals. It is recommended to wear waders, hip- or waist-high waterproof boots, as well as rubber gloves to avoid contaminants.

Document the Damage

Before you begin the cleanup process, it is very important to fully document the damage to your property for your insurer by taking extensive photos or video of your property. If possible, include timestamps on all photos and videos.

Reduce Mold Damage

Mold can develop within two days of water damage, so remove wet materials, such as carpeting and bedding, as soon as possible. Document all mold-affected items before removing them, and take photographs for insurers before removing wet wallboards and baseboards.

Secure Your Property

It is the property owner’s responsibility to secure your home so that no additional damage occurs. Place boards over broken windows and secure a tarp if the roof has been damaged. Take photographs to prove to the insurance company that all possible steps have been taken to protect your property against further damage.

For a more comprehensive guide on flood cleanup, click here.

If You Have Flood Insurance…

You MUST file your proof of loss within 60 days! Or you cannot recover!

If You Do Not Have Flood Insurance…

Everyone affected by the flood should make a FEMA claim, regardless of their insurance status: https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4277

If you do not have flood insurance, and do not live in a “Special Flood Hazard Area,” FEMA may pay you up to $33,000 via the “Individuals and Households Program” (IHP). This includes money for medical, clean up, temporary housing and other immediate needs. Again, it is extremely important to have comprehensive documentation of your damage to make it easier to seek compensation: http://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1461689021638-cfcfd7f6c263635802fa7a76a19e00ea/FS001_What_is_Individual_Assistance_508.pdf

To determine if your property is located in a flood map, contact FEMA directly at 1-800-621-3362 or visit here: https://msc.fema.gov/portal/search?AddressQuery=70808

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10 Tips for Bicycle Safety

by Alyssa Perot-Heltz | June 2nd, 2016

Being free from school for the summer often draws children outside to play and be active. One of the most popular outdoor activities is bike riding. More than 70% of all children between the ages of 5 and 15 years old are said to ride bicycles. Biking is a great form of fun and exercise for all ages; however, the importance of stressing bike safety has never been more important, since bicycle fatalities have risen rather than declined for the first time since 1970. And unfortunately, Louisiana has the second most bicycle deaths per capita in the United States.

The best way to stay safe as a cyclist is to take all necessary safety precautions, including having the correct bike size, wearing a helmet, and observing street safety.  Cyclists must have a bike that is the right size for them because an oversized bike is difficult to control and can lead to injury. Furthermore, children may not be able to put their feet flat on the ground when they are stopped if the bike is not the correct size.

Most importantly, wear a helmet that fits. Studies have shown that wearing a proper helmet can reduce head injuries by 85 percent. Knowing street safety techniques such as riding with the traffic, understanding hand signals, and staying visible to vehicles are also extremely important when riding on the road.

We recommend these ten tips to teach your family to stay safe while having fun riding your bike:

  1. Wear a helmet. Follow this simple rule, and you reduce your risk of serious injury by as much as 85%.
  2. Keep your head up and look forward, not at the ground. You need to see what is ahead so that you have time to react and maneuver.
  3. One person per bike. Riding with unsecured passengers puts you at risk for injury to yourself and others.
  4. Ride in single file with space between bikes.
  5. Ride on the right side of the road – never against traffic. Otherwise, you are at risk for an accident or even a ticket.
  6. Plan ahead if you will ride with a group. Agree on the route ahead of time. Know where you will go if separated by traffic.
  7. If you will be riding in an unfamiliar area, check out local laws and rules first.
  8. Avoid busy roads and peak traffic times on your route.
  9. Before riding at night, ask someone to help you check your visibility to motorists.
  10. Maintain the bikes in your household. Keep chains clean and lubricated and periodically inspect brake pads.

Do you have any bicycle tips you’d like to add? Share this blog on social media and post below with your own personal bicycle stories or safety recommendations.

Tips to Avoid Baton Rouge Traffic

by Madison King | March 1st, 2015

Baton Rouge is known for many great things: food, football and festivities. Unfortunately, Baton Rouge is also notorious for its traffic.

Fortunately, several websites exist that may be helpful in saving time and avoiding frustration in your daily commute. By monitoring road closures, wrecks and construction, and showing traffic cameras in real time, these sites allow you to personalize an efficient route to your destination. These websites also include interactive maps that show traffic speeds along designated roadways and offer alert notifications for delays along your route.

In addition to these websites, there are several smartphone applications available that can help you navigate through traffic.

  • iPhone Map app: Traffic conditions are highlighted in a specific color to signify the amount of traffic on a roadway.
  • Beat the Traffic: Avoid traffic jams and wrecks based on your everyday route.
  • Waze: Receive notifications that advise you what time to leave to avoid traffic and arrive at destination on time.

While these tools may be extremely helpful, don’t overlook the more traditional methods of avoiding traffic: having an alternate route planned out, listening to radio broadcasts to stay informed of delays, and making use of public transportation.

We hope these tips will help you to avoid rush hour congestion as much as possible. If you do find yourself stuck in traffic, remain calm and avoid aggressive behavior.  Rush hour traffic in the morning and afternoon plays host to the most common times for a serious collision to occur. If you are involved in an accident, it is important to first call for emergency assistance, then remember that Dudley DeBosier Injury Lawyers are here to help.

What To Do and How To Stay Safe During Mardi Gras

by Alyssa Perot-Heltz | February 11th, 2015

Mardi Gras has officially kicked into high gear, and that means it’s time to get out and enjoy the festivities. The Baton Rouge personal injury attorneys from Dudley DeBosier Injury Lawyers would like to point out a few events you should consider attending, as well as offer some tips to stay safe.

Different krewes began hosting parades around the state as early as back in January, but a majority of the revelry taking place in the streets will occur over the next several days. WBRZ 2 News offers a list of many of the upcoming parades that are taking place in different Louisiana cities.

It’s not Mardi Gras without plenty of food and drink to celebrate. Many restaurants and bars will be holding events and specials until Fat Tuesday, but this brings up another issue: drunk driving.

Mardi Gras is notorious for contributing to a rise in Louisiana car accidents where alcohol is a factor. In fact, the holiday is the deadliest in the state when it comes to traffic fatalities. In 2009, 22 people were killed and approximately 1,000 were injured as the result of traffic collisions during the days surrounding Mardi Gras.

That’s why Dudley DeBosier’s team of Louisiana car accident lawyers are urging you to do your part to keep Louisiana’s roadways safe during Mardi Gras by refraining from drinking and driving. Simply designate a driver before leaving the house or use a cab or rideshare service to get home safely.

We hope you have a safe and happy Mardi Gras!

Top Five Mardi Gras Spots Not in New Orleans

by Alyssa Perot-Heltz | January 27th, 2015

Mobile, AL

This list couldn’t begin with anywhere other than Mobile. New Orleans can claim the crowds, but Mobile claims the history. Ever since the very first Mardi Gras parade in 1701, this southern city has kept the party rolling – hosting nearly four dozen parades in less than two weeks.

Gulf Shores & Orange Beach, AL

Carnival-goers looking for a more family-friendly environment will feel comfortable with the parades on Alabama’s southern coast. Boat lovers will enjoy the boat parade that takes place outside of Jimmy Buffett’s sister’s restaurant, LuLu’s.

Lake Charles, LA

While virtually every city in Louisiana has a Mardi Gras celebration, Lake Charles has a different approach to carnival season than just parades and throws. The Imperial Calcasieu Museum, the largest Mardi Gras museum in the world, details the history of the celebrations – including the best King Cake recipes and over 1,000 costumes on display.

Galveston, TX

The largest Mardi Gras in Texas (and third largest in the country!) will celebrate its 105th running this year. More than 2,000 umbrella-carrying revelers will parade down the streets in the “Annual Funky Uptown Umbrella Brigade” while others will run the “Jolly Jester Jaunt 5K Costumed Run for Fun.”

Biloxi, MS

The Mississippi Gulf Coast has celebrated Mardi Gras since 1908, and according to their official website, the party is only “getting bigger & bigger every year!” Held along the beach, festival-goers will be treated to bicycle parades, motorcycle parades, jambalaya cook-offs and plenty of treats thrown their way.