Should juries in personal injury cases know if the plaintiff was wearing a seat belt?


Louisiana pays the 2nd highest automobile insurance rates in the nation, and, we may soon be number 1.  Why?  Large personal injury settlements from car accidents.  And, here’s a twist:  under current state law, defense attorneys can’t tell the jury that the plaintiff wasn’t wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident, which would in most cases, reduce the monetary award as contributory negligence. Sen. Sharon Hewitt has introduced SB 382, which would remove the seat belt “gag order.”  She joined us on AMBR to tell us why.

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Brian Haldane

Brian started in radio in late 2004 as a part-time board operator, but “made his bones” in the business a year later when Hurricane Katrina struck, catapulting him into a full time position covering both news and production of live broadcasts. Haldane was promoted to Program Director in 2008 and held that post until 2011 when he was recruited to help launch a new station. In 2011, Brian helped launch Talk 107.3 FM. He was the morning show co-host, and helped build the show and the station into a top 10 performer. From there, Brian has moved on to work in Inbound Marketing, where he strives to marry the worlds of traditional advertising w/ the marketing methods of tomorrow. He also hosts a number of podcasts, including The Red Bayou Show, which is featured here.

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