December 2015 Archives

Wal-Mart driver charged in Tracy Morgan crash

Louisiana fans of Tracy Morgan might be interested to learn that a New Jersey grand jury has indicted the Wal-Mart truck driver who struck the comedian's limo in 2014. The indictment, which was handed down on Dec. 23, charges the driver with aggravated manslaughter in the first degree, vehicular homicide in the second degree and aggravated assault in the third degree.

Wrong-way driver near border raises questions

A car accident near the border of the United States and Mexico may have received coverage in Louisiana media. The accident occurred because a car driving southbound near the border crossing in San Ysidro turned around and drove back up highway at extremely high speeds, where it eventually ended up in a fatal collision.

Safety issues with self-driving cars have been minor

Louisiana is one of the many states that has been mulling the legalities associated with self-driving cars. Recent test cases on the highways of America have given some reasons for concern, but there has also been a great deal of reassuring evidence.

Rule will require driver hours to be tracked electronically

Bus and truck drivers in Louisiana and around the country will be required to use electronic devices to keep track of the amount of hours they spend behind the wheel under a new rule issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Rules and regulations limiting the amount of time that drivers can work without rest are in place to reduce the number of truck accidents involving fatigued drivers.

Multiple 18-wheelers crash on I-10 near Baton Rouge

Louisiana traffic accidents that occur in an area with inadequate infrastructure could disrupt an entire region's work and school day, especially if the roadway that is blocked is a major highway. In such an example, the westbound lanes of I-10 at the Mississippi River bridge were shut down for 12 hours after multiple 18-wheelers crashed around 3:00 a.m. on Dec. 8.

Commercial vehicle brake requirements

Federal laws mandate that commercial vehicles in Louisiana and around the country have brakes capable of adequately stopping or holding the vehicle in place. Commercial trucks that have hydraulic brakes that were installed on or after Sept. 2, 1983, must be in compliance with FMVSS No. 105 as of the date that the vehicle was manufactured. If a vehicle has air brakes that were installed after March 1, 1975, it must be in compliance with FMVSS No. 121.

Elderly drivers and the risks of fatalities

Louisiana residents are living longer, and their chances of being injured or killed in a motor vehicle accident increases as they age. Data from the Federal Highway Administration reveals that 36 million retirement age Americans had a driver's license in 2012, and an average of almost 600 of them were injured in crashes on the nation's roads every day that year. The number of elderly drivers rose by 34 percent between 1999 and 2012, and this trend is expected to continue in the coming years.

Louisiana high on list of country's worst drivers

Commuters in Louisiana who complain about all of the bad drivers on the road are actually onto something. Louisiana does have some of the nation's worst drivers, according to a study by Using National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data, the car insurance website ranked the 10 states with the worst drivers. Louisiana came in at No. 5 overall, and No. 1 for failure to obey traffic laws.

Pedestrians in wheelchairs more likely to be killed in accidents

Reducing pedestrian fatality rates is a key concern for traffic planners in Louisiana, and the results of a study conducted by researchers at Georgetown University indicates that particular attention should be paid to pedestrians who use a wheelchair. The study analyzed data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration concerning accidents that occurred between 2006 and 2012, and it found that pedestrians in wheelchairs were 36 percent more likely to be killed after being struck by a motor vehicle. The researchers said that the true figure could be even higher because they were not able to include pedestrians riding on mobility scooters in their calculations.

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