June 2015 Archives

Preventing teen driving deaths and injuries

Driving can be dangerous for young people, as the leading cause of death for teens in the U.S. is motor vehicle accidents. These crashes are preventable in many cases, and Louisiana parents as well as their children can take steps to reduce the number of injuries and deaths resulting from accidents involving teen drivers.

Accidents involving speed and drinking in Louisiana

According to 2012 data collected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration made available in 2014, high speed is one of the primary causes of fatal crashes. Additionally, statistics indicate that alcohol consumption increases the chances that someone will drive faster than is safe, so it is also frequently a factor in Louisiana car accidents that lead to deaths.

Technology designed to prevent drunk driving

Louisiana residents are likely aware that drunk drivers cause thousands of deaths and injuries on the nation's roads every year. Authorities have traditionally approached the problem with a combination of public awareness campaigns highlighting the dangers of drunk driving and stricter enforcement of DWI laws, but new technology proposed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on June 4 could also play a valuable role. The technology detects alcohol in a driver's blood, and it is designed to prevent vehicles from operating when a BAC of .08 percent or above is detected.

Facts regarding the dangers of drowsy driving

Louisiana motorists may be alarmed to learn about the number of drowsy drivers there are these days and the impact they are having on the nation's highways. A study conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that at more than 10 percent of the drivers surveyed said that they had dozed behind the wheel in the preceding 12 months, and more than 33 percent of motorists admitted to falling asleep while driving during their lifetime.

NTSB pushes for mandatory accident avoidence systems

The lives of countless Louisiana road users have been saved in recent decades by innovative automobile safety features like airbags and anti-lock brakes, and electronic crash avoidance systems may save many more in the years ahead. The National Transportation Safety Board has proposed that the technology be made mandatory on all passenger and commercial vehicles sold in the United States, but many observers feel that this call is likely to go unheeded by Congress.

Man injured in crash files lawsuit against employer

On June 1, it was reported that a man filed a lawsuit against his employer in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana on May 20 after he was involved in an automobile accident. The car crash reportedly occurred on Jan. 19 while the plaintiff was traveling to his work site.

Causes of fatal car crashes around the country

When spotting wrecks on the road, it is natural to wonder about what caused them. According to information recently compiled by the Auto Insurance Center, most fatal accidents are the result of fairly common behaviors and mistakes. The group gathered data made available by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to find the reasons for these accidents that took place in Louisiana and other states between the years of 2009 and 2013.

Truck driver blamed for April 2014 accident that killed 10

Louisiana residents may have read media reports about an accident involving a truck and bus that claimed the lives of 10 people and injured 39 others in April 2014. The accident occurred on a rural stretch of Interstate 5 in California. Five of those killed were high school students from Los Angeles who were on a college recruitment trip.

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