Motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians in New Orleans have to be cognizant of a great number of factors that could arise when they are out on the road. A problem that should be of primary concern is the possibility of a driver disobeying traffic laws. One particular violation that can result in catastrophic and sometimes fatal injuries is the running of red lights. Studies have shown that this is a common cause for accidents.
Technological advancements in vehicle safety and improvements in structural design have made it safer in recent years to be on the road. Safety technologies such as seat belts and electronic stability control are credited with saving thousands of lives. Nevertheless, in Louisiana and across the U.S., motor vehicle accidents remain a leading cause of death.
Louisiana residents may be aware of the autonomous car technology that is being tested in California, Nevada, Florida and Michigan. Manufacturers such as Mercedes-Benz, Google and Volvo have called for the federal government to increase testing permissions across the country and provide regulations that would allow autonomous car technology to move forward. Even Apple has been rumored to be working on autonomous car technology.
Louisiana residents that have been injured in a car accident that was caused by an uninsured motorist may be able to file a claim against their own insurer in order to recover compensation for damages. One man did just that after he was involved in a wreck on Nov. 23, 2014.
When there is a car accident in Louisiana, people who are in one run the risk of suffering catastrophic injuries and even fatalities. There can be numerous reasons for these crashes to occur including a reckless, distracted or otherwise negligent driver. Motor vehicle accidents sometimes gain widespread publicity because of the motorists involved, as was the case with one that occurred in California in February 2105 with reality television star Caitlyn Jenner driving one of the vehicles.
Drivers in Louisiana are often concerned about the possibility of getting into an accident. Not only are accidents dangerous, there is also the risk of financial loss and criminal penalties. In some cases, drivers may claim that certain factors, such as fog or smoke, kept them from seeing the road and driving safely.
Many people in Louisiana who have been in a car crash have walked away from an accident thinking that they were fine. Unfortunately, several days later, unpleasant and even potentially disabling symptoms begin to occur. These symptoms may well be related to the accident, but it can be difficult to prove that this is the case because of the time elapsed between the accident and the development of health problems.
As Louisiana drivers may know, General Motors recalled 2.6 million motor vehicles for ignition switch defects in 2014. Some individuals convicted of causing vehicular homicide are appealing their cases, citing the defects. In several cases, the convictions have been overturned. Determining fault in an accident is important to recovering damages. In these cases, fault may lie not with another driver but with a car manufacturer.
Every year in Louisiana and across the country, accidents in which drivers are driving the wrong way on divided highways happen. Many of these types of accidents are head-on collisions at high rates of speed, and they are thus much more likely to be fatal than are any other type of accident.
As many Louisiana residents already know, driver fatigue is linked to fatal accidents. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that fatigued drivers cause one quarter of fatal accidents in the United States each year. Without totally effective ways to curtail driving while fatigued, car and truck manufacturers are looking into technology that acts to alert the driver. The actual number of motor vehicle accidents caused by fatigue may be underreported, according to researchers, since no independent testing modality exists. Unless a driver admits he or she fell asleep, it might not be a consideration.