July 2015 Archives

Cargo tank rollovers and their causes

Cargo tanks carrying petroleum products or other hazardous cargo are a familiar sight to Louisiana motorists. Statistics compiled by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and based upon 2007 accident data are meant to both warn the general public of the risks that are involved when one of these trucks rolls over as well as to provide some guidance in avoiding these types of accidents.

1 dead, 1 injured in Louisiana motorcycle crash

On July 9, a motorcycle accident in Louisiana left one person killed and a second person with serious injuries. According to the State Police, the deceased man was a 21-year-old resident of St. Bernard Parish while the person who suffered injuries was reportedly an 18-year-old Chalmette resident.

Troubling concerns about teen drivers

Louisiana parents may worry when their teenagers obtain driving privileges, a concern that is supported by nationwide statistics involving teen drivers. The leading cause of death for teenagers is automobile accidents, and both intoxicated driving and texting while driving are significant issues resulting in teen fatalities. Approximately 10 percent of drivers who possess valid licenses are under 21 years of age, but this group is responsible for approximately 17 percent of DUI fatalities.

Trends regarding bus and large truck crashes in Louisiana

People in Louisiana may be interested to learn about what was revealed regarding large truck and bus wrecks in a study conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration covering accidents occurring in 2012. While some of the numbers demonstrated improvement over prior years, others clearly indicate the degree of real risk posed by such accidents.

Technology could reduce truck accident risks

The frustration of being behind a big rig and unable to see around it to pass is a common one for many Louisiana motorists. New technology, consisting of cameras and rear-mount view screens, may prove capable of solving the problem. However, this is unlikely to see widespread adoption anytime soon due to regulatory hurdles, criticism and possibly expense.

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