As people in Louisiana gear up for Memorial Day and the start of the summer vacation, they should be aware that statistics demonstrate some days are much worse as far as car accidents. Using extra caution when driving on those days can help people prevent being involved in a car accident and possibly suffering an injury as a result.
With the inclement weather that Louisiana residents often have to drive in, having a set of dependable tires is a necessity. Worn, bald or damaged tires can lead to hydroplaning on wet or snowy roads because the tire's grooves are not at full potential to divert water or maintain traction. When hydroplaning occurs, the driver is no longer able to control the vehicle.
A St. Rose man was apprehended on Dec. 31 in connection with a November 2014 car crash that killed his passenger. He has been charged with negligent homicide, reckless operation of a motor vehicle and driving without a seat belt.
Authorities in Louisiana have reported that a 33-year-old woman has died as a result of injuries she suffered on Nov. 24 in a two-car collision. Three passengers in the woman's car and a passenger in the second car were also hurt. The car accident took place near the Sun town limits at approximately 5:30 p.m.
The Louisiana State Police have reported that three people lost their lives in a fiery head-on collision in Terrebonne Parish on Nov. 10. It is not known if alcohol or drugs contributed to the accident, and police are said to be awaiting the results of toxicology tests. However, excessive speed does appear to have played a part. The fatal car accident took place in Schriever at approximately 6:30 p.m.
According to a representative with the Bossier City police department, a man was killed, and four others were injured in a two-car collision that happened on Oct. 31. The accident reportedly occurred in the intersection of Highway 71 and Sligo Road in Bossier City late at night.
A 32-year-old Breaux Bridge man faces homicide charges after hitting three teenage girls with his pickup truck on Oct. 30. Authorities allege he was driving approximately 55 mph in a 25-mph zone at the time of the accident.
Louisiana residents might be interested in the national statistics regarding motorcycle fatalities. In 2012, nearly 5,000 motorcycle fatalities occurred throughout the U.S., and 78 of those fatalities took place in Louisiana, according to a report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Of those 78 fatalities, 95 percent of bikers were wearing their helmets at the time of the crash and only 5 percent were not.
A fiery truck accident in New Orleans resulted in the death of a truck driver on Oct. 3. Emergency crews were not immediately able to assist the man as he struggled to get out of the truck's cab due to the intensity of the flames.
On Sept. 25, a 54-year-old man died as a result of a motorcycle accident on Highway 343. According to Louisiana State Police, the Acadia Parish accident occurred when a northbound Mitsubishi Montero, attempting to turn left, entered the path of a southbound Harley-Davidson motorcycle operated by the 54-year-old man.