March 2015 Archives

Man charged with DWI, vehicular homicide after killing bicyclist

A 28-year-old Louisiana man was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving after he allegedly struck and killed a bicyclist in Terrytown on March 21. The accident happened at approximately 8 p.m. on Louisiana Highway 428 near Peter Street, according to authorities.

Married couple dies in motorcycle wreck

Louisiana State Police confirmed that a married couple died in a motorcycle crash that occurred on March 15. The deceased victims were from Texas, and they were both 59 years old. According to initial reports about the crash, the couple was ejected from their motorcycle after a car driver cut them off while driving on Highway 121.

Distracted driving is more than just texting

Teenage drivers in Louisiana who multitask while they are behind the wheel put their passengers, other drivers and pedestrians at risk. In fact, distracted driving by people of all ages is one of the leading causes of car accidents around the country. A recent study by researchers at Oregon State University looked into distracted driving by teenagers and found that there are other problems besides just talking or texting on a cellphone.

Drowsy driving poses risk

Tiredness among drivers is a common condition and can lead to serious accidents in Louisiana and other states, especially when people operating motor vehicles nod off for a few moments or even longer. A poll by the National Sleep Foundation found that in 2005, around 168 million people had experienced drowsiness while driving a vehicle. Out of that number, 37 percent of participants in the survey admitted to falling asleep at the wheel. A number of these individuals responded that it was a common occurrence that had happened monthly.

Fatal truck accident involving school bus

Louisiana residents might be interested to learn about a fatal multi-vehicle crash involving a large box truck and a school bus that took place on March 5. The accident happened along a rural highway in Washington, just outside the town of Orondo. According to a preliminary investigation, Washington State Patrol troopers think that the truck driver fell asleep at the wheel.

Victim in fatal La. crash identified; other driver faces charges

An investigation into a fatal car crash that took place near New Orleans has revealed the victim to be a 66-year-old man from Baton Rouge. Thus far, the other driver involved is facing a reckless operation charge. The man who died in the accident was driving an SUV and was hit by another car, which sent his SUV flying through the air. This all happened in the early morning hours around 5 a.m. on Feb. 22.

Overview of Louisiana comparative negligence law

In some car accidents, more than one driver is at fault. Negligence claims are a legal method of assigning fault for the injuries that result from car accidents or other incidents, and comparative fault may be used to determine each party's fault.

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