April 2016 Archives

Social media app blamed for reckless driving accident

Many Louisiana residents rely on social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to stay in touch with friends and family members, but few would think to use such services while behind the wheel and traveling at highway speeds. However, a man who suffered a serious brain injury in a 2015 crash in Georgia claims that the popular cellphone messaging app Snapchat encouraged its users to behave in just this way by providing a speed filter that rewards drivers who post images depicting their speed. The man has filed a lawsuit against the driver involved, and the maker of the popular technology has also been named as a defendant on the basis of it being a dangerous product.

DOT safety update reveals regulatory delays

Louisiana motorists may be dismayed to learn that improvements to road safety regulations proposed by agencies like the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration can sometimes take years to implement. The approval process can be frustratingly slow, and the Department of Transportation releases an update each month that contains revised publication and implementation dates for pending regulatory changes. A 2016 update reveals that two long awaited regulatory improvements have been delayed once again.

Hit-and-run accident in Louisiana kills pedestrian

Louisiana State Police have reported that three men have been taken into custody in connection with a fatal hit-and-run accident that took place on April 6. The accident claimed the life of a 53-year-old man. The 20-year-old Bourg man believed to have been behind the wheel has been charged with felony hit and run and obstruction of justice, and his two passengers, an 18-year-old Valen Billot man and a 20-year-old Houma resident, are also facing obstruction charges for allegedly providing false information to police officers investigating the incident.

Elderly mother and daughter killed in Louisiana car crash

An auto accident can happen at any time in Louisiana. It can have numerous different causes and affect people of all ages. These accidents can result in long hospital stays, significant medical expenses and lost wages. One unfortunate incident ended with the deaths of a 97-year-old woman and her 72-year-old daughter.

The issue of distracted driving in Louisiana

Distracted driving has become an increasing issue in the last few years. Along with standard distractions, like changing the radio station or checking on kids in the back seat, many vehicles come equipped with a variety of technologies that are distracting, such as GPS features. Additionally, many drivers are paying attention to their phone instead of the road.

FMCSA issues off-the-road order to drunk truck driver

Louisiana motorists may be shocked to learn that a repeat-DUI offender who is also a commercial truck driver was recently arrested again, this time for driving his commercial truck with a blood alcohol concentration that was more than seven times higher than the legal limit. The incident happened in Illinois on March 21.

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