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Three safety precautions to take when driving next to 18-wheelers

It’s always important to drive with care, but it can be especially important when driving around 18-wheelers. Each year there are almost 500,000 crashes involving large trucks reported in the United States.

Luckily, there are precautions drivers like you can take to reduce their chances of being involved in an accident.

How can in-car cameras help prevent car accidents?

Motor vehicle accidents happen for many reasons, and unfortunately, many of them are preventable and the result of human error. Manufacturers recognize that drivers can benefit from certain types of tools, and many newer vehicles are coming with features that could make the roads safer and reduce the chance of car accidents. One of the particularly useful in-car features is the inclusion of back-up cameras.

Louisiana drivers have several blind spots, especially when driving in reverse. Whether it's backing out of a driveway or getting out of a parking lot, drivers must be cautious and careful, but even the most attentive of drivers cannot see everything that's behind them. This is why cameras can be so beneficial. There are many more back-up accidents than people realize, with statistics indicating that as many as 50 of these incidents happen every week.

Cellphones are not the only driving distractions to watch out for

When you picture a distracted driver, do you imagine a teenage driver looking down at a cellphone while driving on the freeway? This generalization is not completely wrong because cellphones are a common distraction and statistics show that many teenage drivers use their phones while driving. However, anyone can succumb to driving distractions, which can include a variety of activities other than cellphone use.

Distracted driving is preventable. Yet it contributed to crashes that claimed over 3,000 lives in 2017, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's most recent data. To prevent needless injuries and deaths, it is important to avoid all types of distractions when driving.

Sleep apnea and an increased risk of 18-wheeler accidents

Louisiana truck drivers have one of the most important jobs in the American economy, but they also have one of the most critical responsibilities. Due to the large size and weight of their vehicles, truckers must be careful, including being able to recognize when they have a condition that could impact their ability to drive safely, such as sleep apnea. There is evidence that this condition can directly impact truckers and potentially increase the chance of 18-wheeler accidents.

Recent research found that sleep apnea may be a more common problem in the trucking industry than many assume. One university study  looked specifically at a condition known as obstructive sleep apnea and how it affects a trucker's abilities behind the wheel. This study found that an individual with this condition who did not seek treatment had a likelihood of crashing that was five times more than an individual who had treatment. 

Elderly distracted drivers can cause car accidents

Distracted Louisiana drivers are a danger to themselves and everyone else on the road. When a person is looking at his or her phone, even for a second, it significantly increases the chances for car accidents. While drivers of any age are susceptible to driving while distracted, studies find that elderly drivers may be especially prone to the various things that can distract them while behind the wheel.

Many cars now have the capability of connecting with phones. This means that drivers can operate their phones and even some car functions by using their voices. Even with voice commands, however, a driver can be distracted. Studies show that older drivers are more likely than younger drivers to become distracted by hands-free functions.

Glaucoma may make car accidents more likely

When people have a medical condition that could affect the way they drive or how they see the road, they are responsible for knowing when they should not drive. This is especially true for people who have glaucoma. This is a medical condition that affects how a person sees, specifically his or her side vision. Louisiana readers can see how limited vision in any capacity could make it more likely that a person would cause car accidents.

A study recently concluded that glaucoma causes an increased likelihood of car accidents. It started by studying people over the age of 60 who have this condition, and each person involved with the study was seen by a doctor five times. At the initial visit, around 6% of study participants admitted that they had been involved in a car accident.

Driving in the rain is more likely to lead to car accidents

When the weather is bad, drivers should exercise extreme caution by driving slower, allowing more room between vehicles and watching for hazards. Most drivers are aware of the need to be more careful when its raining, yet many still drive too fast, follow too closely and make poor decisions. Statistics indicate that rain and wet roads are some of the leading causes of car accidents in Louisiana and across the country.

Poor weather, including snow, sleet, fog and rain, significantly increase the chances of a collision. Visibility is low, and when the road is wet, it's hard to slow down and maintain control of the vehicle. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, wet roads are responsible for 1,235,000 car accidents every year. Of these weather-related accidents, there are around 5,000 fatalities and over 400,000 injuries. 

More DUI car accidents in July than in other months

July is a busy month for traveling, gatherings with friends and other types of celebrations. For this reason, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration notes that there are more car accidents related to drunk driving in July that in other months of the year. Louisiana drivers will want to be extra vigilant and cautious when driving to work, around town or on vacation this summer.

The Fourth of July holiday is one of the most popular holidays celebrated by Americans. The days leading up to this national holiday and for days after, people celebrate by taking time off work, having parties, hosting barbecues and drinking. There is a sharp increase in the number of drunk driving incidents around this holiday. July is also a busy month for travel, and busier roads and more drunk drivers can be a deadly combination.

Car safety is improving, but pedestrian accidents rising

There are now many features that come standard with certain types of cars that are intended to improve driver performance and help reduce accidents. In fact, many of the vehicles that are on Louisiana roads are now safer than ever before. Despite these improvements and the tools available to drivers to help them stay focused, the numbers of pedestrian accidents and bicycle accidents continues to rise.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the percentage of bicycle accidents is up by 10% and the number of pedestrian accidents is up by 4%. There are many reasons why these numbers continue to rise, and many people point to the issue of distracted driving. Even one moment when a driver is not fully attentive to the task at hand can lead to devastating consequences. 

Are zoned out drivers sometimes to blame for car accidents?

When a Louisiana driver thinks about common causes for traffic collisions, he or she probably thinks about things such as speeding and drunk driving. It may never occur to a reader that one of the most significant dangers on the road could be a "zombie driver". This is not the same type of zombie that a person may see on TV, but this is a person is completely zoned out while driving. Zombie drivers greatly increase the chances for car accidents.

Inattentive driving for any reason is dangerous. A driver can be dangerously distracted, even with both hands on the wheel and his or her eyes straight ahead. This type of zoned-out driving happens when a person is thinking about other things, daydreaming, talking with a passenger or driving while fatigued. Often, a person will arrive at his or her destination and not really remember what happened on the way there. 

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