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Traffic accident claims life of Louisiana student

A young woman, 21-years-old, who was living in Louisiana while attending school was killed while traveling to another state. The circumstances of the fatal truck accident were considered very unusual.

According to reports, the woman and two traveling companions had stopped at a rest stop on the way to their chosen destination for their spring break. While at the rest area, the woman stepped out of the group's vehicle.

Why a car's left turn can be so dangerous for motorcyclists

Recent statistics reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration suggest that many motorcycle accidents happen at intersections when a motorist makes a left turn in front of a motorcyclist traveling straight, thereby failing to yield the right of way to the motorcyclist. These are potentially deadly motorcycle accidents because the rider will either strike the side of the car turning left, possibly flipping the bike over the car, or will need to make a very risky maneuver to avoid doing so. Such emergency swerves often end poorly for even the most experienced motorcyclist.

The NHSTA estimates that these unsafe left turns accounted for over 40 percent of all fatal motorcycle accidents involving a collision between a motorcycle and another vehicle, at least judging by numbers from 2015. Accidents of this sort happen for a couple of reasons. First, motorcycles are just harder for drivers to see, so a driver who is even slightly inattentive when turning left may never notice an approaching motorcycle. Moreover, although probably not intentionally, drivers do tend to easily forget about or ignore motorcycles that are on the road.

Do you have to sue when you get in a car accident?

Lawsuits have become a normal part of American society. The risk of someone suing you is high when you consider all the reasons for filing, from creditors trying to collect debts to difficult neighbors refusing to cooperate over a simple property matter. These cases often get a bad light, making you not want to ever go down that route.

Then you get into a car accident, and the damage is pretty extensive. You may even sustain a serious injury. Is the "nice" thing to do just walk away and rely on your insurance claim, or should you sue the other driver?

Cell phone use often leads to traffic deaths

According to a recent report, Louisiana drivers have some room to improve when it comes to using their cell phones while trying to drive.

Despite the fact that law enforcement officers and others have for over a decade now been warning people not to let their cell phones distract them, there are still more fatalities on the roads of this state due to texting and driving or talking on a cell phone than there are in most other states.

Number of pedestrian fatalities continues to climb

According to a preliminary analysis of 2018 figures, the number of fatalities due to pedestrian accidents will come to 6,227, a 4 percent increase over 2017's numbers. This will be the first time that there have been more than 6,000 pedestrian deaths on this country's roads since 1990.

Perhaps more disturbingly, over the last decade, the number of pedestrian fatalities due to car accidents has increased by 35 percent, even in spite of all kinds of improvements in technology and other safety features.

Alleged intoxicated driver involved in fatal accident

A man from an area about 70 miles north of Houma is facing criminal charges for his role in a recent fatal accident.

According to police, the driver who is now facing charges crossed over the center line of a state highway. His pickup truck wound up in the way of a passenger vehicle coming from the opposite direction. As a result of the ensuing head-on collision, the driver of the passenger vehicle died despite the fact he was wearing his seatbelt. The victim was 30 years old.

Number of traffic fatalities tops 40,000 again

For the third year in a row, the number of traffic-related deaths across the country exceeded 40,000.

This grim statistic comes even though safety technology in vehicles has really never been better. Some cars can now brake automatically even if the driver of the car is not paying attention and thus misses an emergency developing on the road. Likewise, some vehicles actually have systems that can warn a driver that he or she is about to crash.

Federal agency proclaims most wanted safety measures

The National Transportation Safety Board, which helps oversee the safety and security of the nation's highways, has issued its Most Wanted list of measures local governments and the private sector can take in order to reduce the number of traffic-related fatalities.

The Board believes that by taking all of its proposed measures, the annual death toll, 37,000 fatalities due to fatal car crashes and other motor vehicle accidents, could be reduced considerably. The Board is particularly taking aim at three bad driving habits: drunk or drugged driving, distracted driving and speeding.

Harmful myths about bicycle safety

Did you know that approximately 100 million Americans ride a bike every year? The fact that there are so many bicyclists means that safety is essential. Whether you rely on your bike for a commute every day or are simply a casual rider, you must prioritize your safety.

Myths and misconceptions can get in the way of cycling safely. There are many misunderstandings about bicyclists across society. Here are a few of the most notable ones to stop believing. 

Theoretically, Louisiana is a safe state to drive in

According to one group devoted to highway safety, Louisiana is, or at least should be, a pretty safe place for motorists to drive. This is because this state has enacted a number of laws that, in the opinion of this group, make for safer roads and highways.

Some of these laws are designed to reduce the chance of injury after a car accident or other motor vehicle accident happens.

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