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Car accidents: Louisiana man killed

A man from Mandeville lost his life on the morning of Jan. 8 after being pinned between two vehicles. The tragedy was actually the result of two separate car accidents, both of which were investigated by Louisiana authorities. So far, police have not filed charges against the driver involved in the fatal crash, but their investigation is ongoing at this time.

According to the report, a 52-year-old man was driving westbound on East Causeway Approach when he swerved to avoid a dog that had run into a street. This caused his vehicle to crash into a median and traffic sign, causing damage to his vehicle that required it be towed to a repair shop. The man's brother came to pick him up from the accident site, but as they were driving away, forgotten paperwork on top of the brother's car blew into the street, prompting them to stop and retrieve it.

Car accidents: 3-car wreck kills man

A three-vehicle crash in Ouachita Parish has resulted in one fatality, according to state police. Louisiana authorities have confirmed the death of a 69-year-old man, who was killed in the morning crash. Car accidents of this type can be caused by a variety of factors, and police have not ruled anything out at this time, though they have mentioned they do not believe intoxication was a factor.

According to the accident report, police responded to reports of a crash on LA 34 around 10:45 a.m. It appears a 19-year-old driver was headed west on LA 34, crossed the center line of the highway and entered the eastbound lanes. It is not yet clear what prompted this decision on the part of the driver. As a result, his vehicle collided with an eastbound passenger car driven by a 69-year-old man.

Pedestrian safety tips

Walking rather than driving provides a variety of benefits, but also a variety of risks. Choosing to walk rather than drive is a good form of exercise and is better for the environment. However, walking does mean there is a danger of being injured in a car accident when near motor vehicles. Not all drivers are as cautious as they should be and sometimes this can lead to pedestrian-involved accidents.

Fortunately, there are a number of ways you can help ensure your safety when walking.

Car accidents: 1 dead in crash involving moped

A Basile resident was killed on New Year's Day in Evangeline Parish, according to state police. Louisiana State Troopers responded around 10 p.m. the evening of Jan. 1 to investigate a two-vehicle crash involving a car and a moped. Car accidents of any type can require considerable investigation, and while impairment is not considered a potential cause in this crash, the investigation remains underway as of this report. 

According to preliminary information, a 56-year-old man was operating his moped, heading westbound in the right lane of U.S. 190, when the crash occurred. It appears his vehicle was struck from behind by a car driven by a 21-year-old woman. The force of the impact ejected the man from his vehicle and into a north ditch. 

Car accidents: Man dead in Louisiana 2-car crash

A two-car accident has claimed the life of one man and hospitalized two more, according to local sources. Louisiana State Police have confirmed the tragedy happened on Interstate 10 on the morning of Dec. 21. As with many car accidents, this crash is still under investigation, and blood samples have been collected from all drivers to determine whether intoxication was a factor in the accident. 

According to the report, just before noon, two eastbound cars collided after one vehicle struck the front bumper of another while passing. The force of the impact caused both vehicles to travel across the median into the westbound lanes, where one of the vehicles was struck by a third on the passenger side. The impact seriously injured a 64-year-old passenger in that vehicle, who was rushed to a local hospital and was later pronounced dead. 

Car accidents: 1 dead, 1 hurt in Louisiana

One man is dead and another is injured following an accident on Highway 61, according to law enforcement. Louisiana State Police have confirmed the death of a 31-year-old man in the two-car crash. As with many car accidents, this one is still under investigation by authorities.

According to the accident report, around 3 p.m. the afternoon of Nov. 22, the 31-year-old driver was headed north in New Sarpy when he reportedly ran a stop sign. This caused a collision with another vehicle in the intersection, driven by a 20-year-old man. The force of the impact severely injured the driver who failed to yield, and he was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital some time later.

Tips on sharing the road with an 18-wheeler

Cars, trucks, motorcycles and 18-wheelers always seem to have trouble sharing the road together. Due to size, speed and driving ability, each of these types of transportation can pose situations on the road that can lead to deadly accidents. Driving near or around an 18-wheeler has been known to cause many drivers to be nervous and stressed.

Accident statistics from 2016 show that nearly 4,000 people died due to crashes involving an 18-wheeler across the United States. Of those fatalities, 66 percent were occupants inside a car and 17 percent were occupants inside the 18-wheeler. This amount of people dying because of a crash involving an 18-wheeler has jumped 27 percent since 2009.

Car accidents: Louisiana man dead

A man who suffered injuries in a late November crash has died, according to reports from Lake Charles. Louisiana officials have charged the driver involved in the single-car accident with improper passing, but so far no more serious charges have been filed against her. As with many car accidents resulting in a fatality, this incident is still under investigation, and police have not ruled out further charges against the driver. 

According to the accident report, a 41-year-old Louisiana woman was traveling on U.S. 90 back on Nov. 30. It appears the woman was attempting to pass a vehicle ahead of her when she lost control of her car. This caused her vehicle to flip several times, ejecting her and her 44-year-old male passenger from the vehicle. She was transported to a local hospital with moderate injuries, and her passenger was rushed there with serious injuries. Neither individual appears to have been wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident. 

Car accidents: 2 dead in Louisiana crash

A two-vehicle crash has resulted in two fatalities, according to police in Baton Rouge. Louisiana authorities responded to the fatal accident, which closed an intersection for several hours to facilitate the investigation. As with many car accidents, charges may be forthcoming, depending upon the results of this investigation.

According to the report filed by the Baton Rouge Police Department, it appears that a 21-year-old driver of a passenger car somehow lost control of the vehicle, causing it to cross the center line into the path of an oncoming tow truck. The force of the impact killed the 20-year-old passenger riding in the front seat. A 19-year-old male in the back seat was rushed to a local hospital, where he was later pronounced dead as well.

Car accidents: 2 killed in Louisiana

Two people tragically lost their lives following a head-on crash in St. James Parish. The two individuals have been identified by Louisiana State Police as a 24-year-old man and a 31-year-old man, both from out of state. No one else was in either vehicle, and police are conducting toxicology tests on both drivers to help determine the cause of the accident. This is standard procedure in fatal car accidents.

According to preliminary reports, it appears the younger man was traveling westbound on Louisiana 3127 when the accident occurred. For reasons unknown, it appears his vehicle crossed the center line and entered oncoming traffic, where it struck the vehicle driven by the older man. The struck vehicle was run off the highway where it overturned and burst into flames.

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