Louisiana residents are likely aware that drunk drivers cause thousands of deaths and injuries on the nation's roads every year. Authorities have traditionally approached the problem with a combination of public awareness campaigns highlighting the dangers of drunk driving and stricter enforcement of DWI laws, but new technology proposed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on June 4 could also play a valuable role. The technology detects alcohol in a driver's blood, and it is designed to prevent vehicles from operating when a BAC of .08 percent or above is detected.
Louisiana motorists may be alarmed to learn about the number of drowsy drivers there are these days and the impact they are having on the nation's highways. A study conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that at more than 10 percent of the drivers surveyed said that they had dozed behind the wheel in the preceding 12 months, and more than 33 percent of motorists admitted to falling asleep while driving during their lifetime.
The lives of countless Louisiana road users have been saved in recent decades by innovative automobile safety features like airbags and anti-lock brakes, and electronic crash avoidance systems may save many more in the years ahead. The National Transportation Safety Board has proposed that the technology be made mandatory on all passenger and commercial vehicles sold in the United States, but many observers feel that this call is likely to go unheeded by Congress.
On June 1, it was reported that a man filed a lawsuit against his employer in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana on May 20 after he was involved in an automobile accident. The car crash reportedly occurred on Jan. 19 while the plaintiff was traveling to his work site.
When spotting wrecks on the road, it is natural to wonder about what caused them. According to information recently compiled by the Auto Insurance Center, most fatal accidents are the result of fairly common behaviors and mistakes. The group gathered data made available by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to find the reasons for these accidents that took place in Louisiana and other states between the years of 2009 and 2013.
A 44-year-old man was killed in a motorcycle accident in Grant Parish on Nov. 10. According to law enforcement authorities, the 8:45 a.m. accident occurred on Louisiana Highway 8 near Bentley and involved a Ford pickup truck and a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.
Being involved in a car accident can be an extremely distressing experience. You or a loved one may have been injured, your vehicle may have been damaged and you may find yourself wondering how you will cover all the costs. One thing you can do is make a claim on your insurance. However, there are some important things to bear in mind when doing so.