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Drunk driving deaths down in Louisiana

According to a recent report, the number of deaths due to drunk driving is declining in this state.

The report compared the number of deaths due to drunk driving in Louisiana in 2017, the last year statistics were available, and the same number from 2000.

Fatalities due to running red lights are at a 10-year high

According to a recently released report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, the number fatalities due to motorists running red lights is at the highest point in a decade.

The study examined statistics of deadly motor vehicle accidents across the country between 2008 and 2017. According to the study, in 2009 715 people died as a result of a driver running a red light. By 2017, the number had increased by over 30 percent, up to 939.

Many people think a little speeding is okay

According to a recent survey, many drivers in Louisiana feel like going a little bit over the speed limit is okay.

Of the 1,000 drivers surveyed by an organization that compiles premium quotes from car insurance companies, the vast majority, 82%, said that they traveled over the speed limit from time to time by up to 15 miles per hour.

Victims of motorcycle accidents may need legal help

A previous post on this bog talked about how motorcyclists who travel on Louisiana's roads are more likely to be involved in a serious or even fatal accident than are people who drive in other vehicles. Family members can easily lose a loved one in a serious motorcycle accident.

Likewise, motorcyclists can wind up suffering burns, brain injuries and spinal cord injuries in collisions that would have been relatively minor had they involved two full-sized vehicles.

Some insurance companies run afoul of bad faith laws

A previous post on this blog talked about how some insurance companies, or even individual claim adjusters, engage in underhanded tactics that are designed more to protect the company's bottom line than to pay what the company legally owes to an injured Louisiana resident.

For example, sometimes carriers may make unreasonably low settlement offers to someone who is hurt just because doing so improves the company's leverage.

Water park accidents can be serious and even deadly

Although summer is winding down in the next few weeks, there is still plenty of time, particularly in a warmer climate like that of Louisiana, to enjoy the area's pools and water parks. Water parks in particular offer an opportunity for people to have a lot of fun, as the slides, wave pools and other rides can be a real thrill for people of all ages.

However, these water parks can also cause a number of serious injuries, including traumatic and even fatal injuries. For instance, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, a federal agency, water slides were more likely even than roller coasters to cause injuries.

Common insurance tactics to watch out for

The purpose of insurance is to provide financial support after an accident. This can bring a great amount of relief to those in need.

However, insurance companies do not always operate in the best interest of the insured. If a party suffer injuries due to an accident that is not that person's fault, it is important that the party understand these common insurance tactics so that he or she can receive proper compensation through the claims process.

Motorcyclists almost 30 times more likely to die in an accident

People in Louisiana probably know intuitively that motorcyclists are at a greater risk of serious injury or death in a collision. After all, the sheer difference in size between a motorcycle and even a small car means that the relatively unprotected motorcyclist will get the worst of it in an impact.

Moreover, even when wearing proper gear, a motorcyclist does not have the benefit of a lot of padding to protect her from the traumatic force of another moving vehicle. On a similar note, because a motorcyclist is not strapped on to her bike, she will likely get thrown off the bike in an accident and wind up hitting the road, or even another vehicle, with her body.

Some statistics about pedestrian accidents

As some of our previous posts have explained, the number of fatal pedestrian accidents across the country is on the climb. This trend even runs contrary to last year's overall trend. In 2018, traffic fatalities declined slightly overall.

According to statistics, pedestrians are much more likely, 50 percent more likely to be exact, to die in a car accident than would be someone protected by the frame of a car. This is not surprising given that cars weigh more, and travel much faster, than do pedestrians. Moreover, pedestrians have no protection from the force of a motor vehicle.

Everyday products can cause chemical burns

Many residents of Louisiana may realize that chemical burns can happen at industrial facilities and other places where powerful chemical combinations get used as part of the daily routine. Indeed, workers and others each year do suffer chemical burn injuries under these circumstances.

However, even those who are visiting a private residence run some risk of suffering a chemical burn. For example, everyday household cleaners, like bleach, drain de-clogging chemicals and other supplies, one can find on the shelves of a big box store or a hardware store can cause serious burns.

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