Louisiana drivers are aware of how dangerous distracted driving is and how it is a growing safety concern in the state and across the country. Despite being aware of the risks involved with picking up the phone or engaging in other types of dangerous behaviors behind the wheel, people still drive while distracted. Distraction is one of the leading causes of car accidents, often resulting in serious injuries, extensive damage to personal property and fatalities.
Speed limits exist to ensure that drivers are traveling at speeds appropriate to the type of road they are traveling on. By adhering to posted speed limits, Louisiana drivers can significantly reduce the chance of car accidents. Across the country, however, highway speed limits have slowly been increasing over time, and so has the rate of car accidents.
When a moving vehicle collides with a motorcycle, the person on the bike is significantly more likely to suffer from severe injuries. Even when wearing protective gear and helmets, bikers are vulnerable to injuries and damage when involved in car accidents. Louisiana drivers have the responsibility to be safe and cautious when sharing the road with motorcycles.
The aftermath of an auto collision can be overwhelming. Louisiana victims may find themselves dealing with complications that include medical bills, serious injuries and emotional effects as well. It can be disheartening, and it is not always easy to put the pieces back together and move forward. There are often physical, mental and emotional implications for people who suffer injuries in car accidents.
As Louisiana readers know, it can be very difficult to adjust to the time changes twice per year, especially in the spring when clocks move forward an hour, resulting in one hour of lost sleep. For days and weeks after the time change, people struggle with more drowsiness and a feeling of sluggishness as their bodies get used to it. This means there are more overly tired individuals on the road at a time, which can ultimately lead to more car accidents.
Louisiana readers know that distraction is a serious threat to the safety of all motorists and one of the leading causes of collisions throughout the state. Despite the fact that most drivers know distracted driving in any form is dangerous, many continue engaging in things such as texting, eating, adjusting the radio and doing other things while behind the wheel. Many groups have put in significant effort and research into practical ways to reduce these car accidents.
Every morning and afternoon, there are many buses on Louisiana roads taking young children back and forth to school. Drivers are responsible for knowing how to drive safely around these vehicles, including stopping when the lights are on and the stop signs are out. However, distracted driving has led to an increase in unsafe driving around buses, increasing the chance of car accidents.
State authorities are in the process of investigating a fatal car accident that claimed the life of a 41-year-old woman. The woman appears to have been a passenger in a vehicle involved in a single-car crash. As with all car accidents of this type, Louisiana State Police will continue to investigate until a cause for the accident is discovered.
Two men tragically lost their lives on Christmas Eve after a two-vehicle accident in Metairie, according to authorities. Louisiana State Police responded to the crash, which claimed the lives of a 32-year-old man and a 28-year-old man. Charges have not been filed at this time, but as with many car accidents on state highways, this case is still under investigation.
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.