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January 2017 Archives

Distracted Driving: Deadly Issue in Louisiana

Common sense tells us that taking our eyes off of the road while driving is dangerous behavior. When a driver is focused on a cell phone, cheeseburger or GPS navigator, he or she is unlikely to recognize risks on the road. When a driver fails to pay attention, the road is a more dangerous place, and a wandering child, a worker in a construction zone or an upcoming stop sign regulating a busy intersection can quickly turn into a tragic scenario.

Would Lowering the Alcohol Limit Decrease Accidents in Louisiana?

When an alcohol-impaired driver is involved in a collision, innocent people can be seriously injured or killed. Multiple government agencies and non-profit organizations have sought to educate people in East Baton Rouge County in hopes of lowering fatalities associated with alcohol, but sadly, many people still choose to drink and drive.

Negligence and Truck Accidents

A significant number of personal injury lawsuits in the United States are due to motor vehicle accidents. This fact is not surprising given that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that every 10 seconds an individual is involved in a car accident.

Record Low Fatalities on Louisiana Roads Estimated for Fourth Straight Year

Louisiana's roads have never been busier, but fortunately they have also never been safer. Traffic deaths and overall accidents were both down in 2010; a record low of 720 people were killed in 147,543 overall traffic accidents. While the data is not yet official, the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission estimates that only 647 total fatalities occurred in 2011. This again would be the lowest number since the LHSC began tracking data in 1984.

Rise in Highway Deaths Concern Louisiana Motorists as Holidays Approach

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently revealed that highway death rates in the U.S. rose in 2012, but is projecting those numbers to fall back this year. According to fatality data collected by the NHTSA, there were in excess of 4 percent more deaths in 2012 than in the previous year. However, early projections are showing a decline in fatalities for 2013. The hope is that those projections ring true once the statistics are tallied next year.

Drug and Alcohol Database to Roll Out in the Fall of 2015

People who live in Baton Rouge have good reason to be concerned about the dangers associated with commercial drivers operating large vehicles while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Impaired driving alone is a serious risk that can result in personal injury, disabilities and even fatalities to victims. Accidents involving large trucks like semi-trucks and 18-wheelers are especially dangerous due to the great size and weight of these vehicles.

Drivers in Louisiana May Be at Risk for Truck Tire Blowouts and Crashes

Many people in Baton Rouge regularly share the roads with large trucks without giving much thought to the possibility of accidents. Unfortunately, when these vehicles experience equipment issues that cause drivers to lose control, the results can be catastrophic. Troublingly, recent reports suggest that the risk of one common issue, tire blowouts, may be especially high for drivers in Louisiana.

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