February 2016 Archives

CarMax salesman dies in car crash

A 43-year-old man was killed when a Corvette he was riding in slammed into a tree The man was a CarMax salesman, and the 28-year-old driver was on a test drive when the crash took place at about 12:45 p.m. on Feb. 24. Witnesses say that the car reached speeds of up to 70 miles an hour during the test drive. CarMax has locations in Louisiana and around the country.

Investigation into deadly Louisiana crash continues

Drunk or distracted driving have not been ruled out as the investigation into a deadly accident that occurred Feb. 14 in Morehouse Parish. Toxicology tests are scheduled for samples collected at the accident scene by Louisiana State Police troopers, and the vehicles involved may be inspected in order to rule out mechanical failure as a cause of the crash.

Preventing car crashes in Louisiana

According to a study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, cars with self-braking technology reduce rear-end car crashes by 40 percent while also reducing the number of crashes with injuries. Cars with forward collision warning help to reduce the number of rear-end crashes by 23 percent. The study found that if all cars had an automated braking system, there would have been 700,000 fewer crashes in 2013. That translates to 13 percent of all crashes reported to police.

Lax oversight blamed for fatal 2014 truck accident

Louisiana residents may recall January 2014 media accounts about a fiery accident near Chicago involving an out-of-control semi-tractor trailer and emergency vehicles that had stopped to render assistance to a disabled vehicle. The accident claimed the life of a 39-year-old Illinois Tollway worker and left a state trooper seriously injured, and it was later revealed that the trucking company involved had a long history of safety violations.

Traffic fatalities on the rise

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is responsible for collecting data related to accidents and other issues on the roads in Louisiana and throughout the country. A recent evaluation of 2015 statistics shows a concerning trend in terms of fatalities on the roads. According to the NHTSA, traffic-related fatalities were decreasing over the course of many years, but from January through September of 2015, the numbers were up by more than 9 percent.

Progress made on regulations for driverless cars

Drivers in Louisiana and throughout the country may be one step closer to sharing the roads with self-driving vehicles. A Feb. 4 letter to Google from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said that under federal law, the artificial intelligence system could be considered the driver of an autonomous car.

4 special needs students injured in fatal school bus accident

Louisiana residents who are interested in public school busing policies and the safety of school bus passengers may be interested in knowing about an accident involving special needs children that happened in southern New Jersey on Feb. 4. According to media sources, a collision between a sports utility vehicle and a Bridgetown Public Schools bus left one person dead and six others injured. Four special needs students were among those who reportedly suffered minor injuries in the fatal incident.

Fatigued truck driver pleads not guilty in Morgan crash

Many Louisiana residents heard about the accident in New Jersey that seriously injured comedian Tracy Morgan in 2014 when a big rig collided with the limo-bus that he was riding in. Morgan's fellow comedian was also in the limo-bus and was killed in the accident. It was subsequently found that the truck driver had been making deliveries without having slept for 28 hours.

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