Every Thanksgiving, residents of Houma will often take a road trip. Sometimes, it can be just a matter of traveling 50 or so miles to see relatives or even to do some shopping up in New Orleans, while at other times, residents instead opt for a longer vacation.
Distracted driving is a serious issue in Louisiana and nationwide. According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA), the chance of a motor vehicle accident doubles if a motorist takes stops paying attention to the road for more than two seconds. The agency reports that in 2016, distracted driving played a role in over 9 percent of traffic fatalities in the nation.
Deaths on U.S. roads are increasing. While a traffic fatality can occur in any state in the nation, according to a report based on information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, some states are more dangerous to drive in than others. The report was ranked the safety of each state in the nation based on the state's rate of traffic deaths per 100 million miles traveled and the amount of traffic deaths due to a breach of traffic laws, driving under the influence of alcohol, driving above the posted speed limit and careless driving. And, according to this data, Louisiana has the dubious honor of being the third most dangerous state for motorists to drive in.
Earning their driver's license is a rite of passage for many teenagers in Louisiana. Teenagers may be eager to hit the open road with their newfound independence. However, inexperience, combined with other factors, can result in car accidents involving teenagers.
Motorists in Louisiana who are feeling fatigued while driving may try several strategies to stay alert. They may drink a large cup of coffee. They may open their windows for some fresh air. Or they may turn the volume up on their radio so that it is very loud. However, these strategies ultimately will not help a fatigued person stay alert. This is significant, as a tired driver is a dangerous driver.
The Fourth of July is a time to celebrate our nation. People will go to parades or stay up late to watch fireworks, and many will also go to backyard barbecues and neighborhood block parties. And, at these events, many people will be drinking alcohol. Some might even say that having a cold beer or other alcoholic beverage on the Fourth of July is a tradition for them. However, some of these drinkers will make the dangerous decision to drive while intoxicated. This presents a hazard not just to them, but also to everyone else on the road.
Cellphones are ubiquitous in today's society. People of all ages, from teenagers to seniors, use cellphones not just to make phone calls, but to send and receive text messages, post on social media, get directions and so much more. In fact, many people in Louisiana and across the nation these days may wonder how they ever got on without their cellphones.
When a person in Louisiana is involved in a motor vehicle collision, the events that led up to the accident can be multifaceted. Of course, one party may have breached their duty to drive reasonably under the circumstances when they collided into the victim's vehicle. For example, they may have been drunk, they may have been speeding or they have run a red light at an intersection, causing them to crash into the victim's vehicle.
Cell phones can do so much these days. Gone are the days where people used a simple cellphone just to make a phone call. Now we can use our cellphones to make phone calls, send text messages, check our social media accounts, take photographs and so much more. It is a wonderful advent in technology, but unfortunately the use of a cellphone while driving is an increasing danger on the roads of Louisiana and across the nation.
Many young people enjoy a good party, but sometimes a person's partying gets out of hand and they become intoxicated. Unfortunately, being intoxicated can lead to a series of bad decisions. One of the worst decisions a person can make while intoxicated is to get behind the wheel of a car. Drunk drivers are not in control of their mental or physical faculties, and as such have a great potential to cause car accidents. In fact, The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Protection reports that the state of Louisiana sees more than two times the national average of drunk driving crash fatalities for individuals between the ages of zero to 20.