Keeping yourself and your family safe on the road is about more than just understanding how to drive safely while obeying the law. It is also about being able to identify and avoid hazards, from debris loose on the roadway to animals and even other drivers. That's why it is important to know how to spot driving behaviors that could put you at risk. Those include both the behaviors you commonly see from aggressive drivers during "road rage" incidents, as well as moves that are simply risky on their own or that signal a driver may be intoxicated.
A 28-year-old Louisiana man was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving after he allegedly struck and killed a bicyclist in Terrytown on March 21. The accident happened at approximately 8 p.m. on Louisiana Highway 428 near Peter Street, according to authorities.
Around 5:45 a.m. on March 8, a 25-year-old Vacherie woman was killed at the intersection of LA Highways 3125 and 3213 in Gramercy. Her car was struck by a 24-year-old man who was uninjured in the crash.
Drivers in Louisiana who get behind the wheel while they are drunk put themselves and others at great risk. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Adminstration, 30 people are killed every day in car accidents that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. Almost one-third of all of the annual traffic fatalities in the U.S. involve a drunk driver.
Two people were killed in a head-on car crash on LA Highway 447 in Livingston Parish on Dec. 4. The accident happened near Drakeford McMorris Road at approximately 5:30 p.m.
On October 20, a female pedestrian in New Orleans was killed in the French Quarter as a result of an accident caused by a suspected drunk driver. The woman died after a balcony pole fell on her, authorities reported.
Law enforcement officials report that an accident involving a motorcycle and a car in Jefferson Davis Parish during the night hours of Aug. 27 left the motorcyclist dead at the scene of the accident. An ambulance transported the injured driver to Lake Charles Hospital for the treatment of minor injuries.
It’s become popular to wax poetic about the evils of frivolous litigation or crack jokes about trial lawyers and, like most jokes, there is some seed of truth there. But, for all the humor, the civil courts are set up for a noble purpose: to allow normal citizens access to real justice and compensation when they’ve been legitimately wronged. Within those walls, the wealth, power and status of a company or an individual are supposed to have no influence.
At what point does an impaired driver learn his or her lesson? How many convictions and suspended licenses and stints in jail does it take for a repeat drunk driver to get the picture? How many car accidents and injuries are necessary to make a multiple offender wise up? We’ve seen a fair amount of stories of late about drunk drivers being charged for the second, third, even sixth time.