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Car Accidents Archives

Teen Driver Safety Week: younger drivers pose risks

The third full week in October marks National Teen Driver Safety Week. Because car accidents are the top cause of death for people between 15 and 18, authorities are encouraging parents to use this week as an opportunity to talk to their teenagers about safe driving habits.

Drunk driving in the morning hours a rising concern

According to one online firm that keeps track of various auto safety statistics, a relatively new phenomenon is drunk driving accidents in the mid-morning and early afternoon hours (brunch hours). No matter what time of day they happen though, car accidents related to drunk driving are always preventable and never acceptable.

Punitive damages are available in drunk driving cases

Unlike other states, Louisiana does not have a general rule allowing for punitive damages. Given Louisiana's legal history, this means that, for the most part, injured victims in car accidents have to rely on non-economic and economic damages in order to get compensation for their losses.

Bad driving behaviors are all too common

According to a recent study, the vast majority of people, over 90 percent, admit to engaging in at least one behavior behind the wheel which the authors of the study deemed dangerous. The study dubbed these dangerous behaviors driver fails, since they are all bad habits which can easily lead to serious car accidents.

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.

First responders endangered by distracted drivers

A previous post on this blog talked about how highway workers in Louisiana are frequently endangered by inattentive drivers or motorists who choose to ignore warnings and speed through work zones. To follow up on this post, it turns out that according to one study, first responders, like police officers and fire and rescue teams, also frequently face the possibility of injury or even death at the hands of careless motorists.

Parents agree texting and driving is bad, but they do it anyway

Louisiana residents may be interested to know that according to a recent study, most parents, even those of the millennial generation, can admit that texting and driving is dangerous behavior. Among millennials, over half, 52 percent, of the parents surveyed indicated that they thought it would never be safe to try to send or receive a text while they are trying to drive. Among parents from Generation X and beyond, 58 percent said that the behavior was never acceptable.

Study shows the public remains concerned about drunk driving

A recent study published by the National Safety Council suggests that drivers across the country are tired enough of major traffic accidents to be willing to accept stricter law enforcement measures on a variety of traffic-related issues, including the ongoing battle against drunk driving.

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