A 27-year-old Louisiana man was taken into police custody after his involvement in a high-speed collision that took place on Interstate 10. The Feb. 22 accident occurred at approximately 5:18 a.m. when the driver's vehicle drifted off the road while traveling at an estimated speed of 90 miles per hour before it rear-ended another Louisiana driver's SUV. The 66-year-old Baton Rouge driver was partially thrown from his vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene.
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.
An investigation was underway after a fatal accident involving three vehicles occurred just before 10 p.m. on Jan. 3 in Terrebonne Parish. Louisiana State Police Troop C arrived at the accident on LA 311. A 34-year-old man from Thibodaux died at the scene, and his vehicle was destroyed. Troopers are unclear whether the man had been wearing a seat belt.
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.
In a move that could mean safer roads for Louisiana drivers, the Department of Transportation has announced the end of an onerous paperwork requirement for the U.S. trucking industry. Effective Dec. 18, professional truck drivers will no longer have to file pre- and post-trip vehicular inspection reports when no violations are noted during inspection. According to the DOT, approximately 95 percent of all commercial truck inspections result in no safety or maintenance concerns.
According to data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 10.7 percent of accidents in Louisiana involved a semi-truck in 2012. Nationally, approximately 333,000 semi-trucks weighing more than 10,000 pounds were involved in wrecks that same year.
On July 25, 2013, a woman says that she was driving her car in Gretna when, at the intersection of LA 611-4 and U.S. Highway 90, an ambulance from East Jefferson General Hospital struck her car. On July 22, 2014, the woman filed a lawsuit seeking damages in an unspecified amount for loss of the use of her vehicle, storage fees, property damage, medical expenses, mental anguish, and pain and suffering.
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.
Summer is a time when American families hit the roads in droves. The children are out of school, you’ve got some time off work and you’ve saved up the money to treat yourself and your family to a fun vacation. But part of that road-tripping can involve dealing with the tractor-trailers that crisscross the nation’s highways and roads all year round.