Louisiana is one of the many states that has been mulling the legalities associated with self-driving cars. Recent test cases on the highways of America have given some reasons for concern, but there has also been a great deal of reassuring evidence.
Louisiana residents are living longer, and their chances of being injured or killed in a motor vehicle accident increases as they age. Data from the Federal Highway Administration reveals that 36 million retirement age Americans had a driver's license in 2012, and an average of almost 600 of them were injured in crashes on the nation's roads every day that year. The number of elderly drivers rose by 34 percent between 1999 and 2012, and this trend is expected to continue in the coming years.
Commuters in Louisiana who complain about all of the bad drivers on the road are actually onto something. Louisiana does have some of the nation's worst drivers, according to a study by CarInsuranceComparison.com. Using National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data, the car insurance website ranked the 10 states with the worst drivers. Louisiana came in at No. 5 overall, and No. 1 for failure to obey traffic laws.
Reducing pedestrian fatality rates is a key concern for traffic planners in Louisiana, and the results of a study conducted by researchers at Georgetown University indicates that particular attention should be paid to pedestrians who use a wheelchair. The study analyzed data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration concerning accidents that occurred between 2006 and 2012, and it found that pedestrians in wheelchairs were 36 percent more likely to be killed after being struck by a motor vehicle. The researchers said that the true figure could be even higher because they were not able to include pedestrians riding on mobility scooters in their calculations.
A car crash in Louisiana injured two people and left another one dead on November 14. The driver of the vehicle involved in the accident was apprehended and charged with driving while intoxicated and several other crimes.
The Louisiana State Police responded to an accident involving a single vehicle in Sorrento on Nov. 7 that killed three out of the four people in the car. The wreck occurred at 8:30 p.m. at mile marker 189 on Interstate 10, and the investigators are not yet sure what caused the crash.
Louisiana motorists may not realize that the riskiest thing they do on a regular basis is driving a car. In fact, statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that motor vehicle travel is 300 times deadlier than commercial air travel.
Louisiana drivers know they need adequate sleep to be alert at the wheel. It's when they ignore their body warning them it's tired is when they get in trouble. Motorists who take to the road when they are sleepy are more prone to get in accidents.
A motor vehicle crash that occurred in Louisiana on Oct. 31 left two Iowa residents dead and others injured. The report stated that the crash took place neat the Red Davis McCollister Road and Southpark Drive intersection late at night.
As Louisiana parents may know, the influence of alcohol on underage drivers causes the highest number of deaths among teens, and almost 50 percent of those deaths are the vehicle drivers. To address this problem, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced a campaign, aimed at younger motorists, to raise the awareness of the dangers of driving and drinking.