When the time changes and you "spring forward" one hour, all the clocks in your life have to be reset, including your biological clock. Some police departments report as much as a 10 percent increase in vehicle crashes when Daylight Saving Time takes effect. The problem is that just a one-hour change in time can affect your sleep cycle and make you a drowsy driver.
A minor was killed in a car accident that involved three vehicles near Franklinton on August 6. The minor victim, a 14-year-old Folsom girl, was the only person involved who was not properly restrained with a seat belt at the time of the crash.
An accident on the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway sent one vehicle off of the road and into the water below. The incident happened on Aug. 8 at around 8:15 a.m. in the southbound lane near mile marker 11.
Drowsy driving is a serious problem in Louisiana as well as in the rest of the nation. In 2015, an estimated 5,000 people lost their lives in accidents that were caused by drowsy drivers. Each day, millions of people in the United States drive while they are sleep-deprived.
Louisiana residents probably know about the hazards of texting and driving; however, there are an array of other distractions that can take away the attention of a driver. More people now use their phones not just to talk or text but to play games and look at social media while driving.
Although it may sound counter-intuitive, it is possible for an individual to be liable for a car crash in which he or she was not the driver. One scenario involves loaning a car to someone who is known to be a poor driver or otherwise has a history or poor driving behavior. Both the person who caused the crash and the owner of the car may face legal action under what is called vicarious liability.
As a responsible Louisiana driver, you know that having auto insurance is required. You may be unaware, however, that you might also have to cover incidents that weren't even your fault. Even if someone else is found to be liable for injuring you or causing your property damage, their lack of insurance or insufficient coverage terms could mean you end up having to pay out of pocket for the outcome.
A woman filed a lawsuit against Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office on June 13 in the 24th Judicial District Court. The woman alleges that a police cruiser hit her Chevrolet Silverado on Jefferson Highway in July 2015. The suit says that her vehicle was in the right lane near Woodlawn Avenue when she was rear-ended in a crash that caused her to be injured.
On June 3, two people in Louisiana who were injured in a car accident last year filed alawsuit against the driver at fault. The individuals named the driver, the company that owns the car he was driving and three insurance companies as defendants. The two plaintiffs are seeking financial compensation for personal injury, but the exact amount that they are seeking was not reported.
Louisiana residents may be interested in a recent report about fatal car accident statistics in the United States. On July 6, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that the U.S. has more road fatalities than any other high-income nation. Although fatal crashes in the U.S. have been declining since 2000, they haven't matched the declines seen in other wealthy countries.