Louisiana residents have been cooped up for months. Many are just now venturing back out into the wider world. Vacation plans figure prominently on many people's agendas right now while gas prices are still so low.
One of the major causes of largely preventable deaths is auto accidents. A third of the fatal accidents in the United States involve drunk driving on the part of one or more motorists. Excessive speed is involved in another third of the crash deaths. Neither statistic factors in the over 2 million individuals who get hurt in collisions each year.
Although we who live in south Louisiana are blessed with having relatively mild winters with no snow or ice, when springtime rolls around, driving can become very hazardous.
As we head into the Mardi Gras weekend preceding Fat Tuesday, the weather conditions remain a bit iffy. There was so much concern over the rain and high winds this week that New Orleans city officials wouldn't let any of the Thursday night parades roll.
If you ever doubted that semitruck drivers who allow themselves to get distracted are a danger on the road, consider this recent case that occured in another state.
When people drive their cars in Louisiana, there are many mistakes that drivers make, and as result there are many accidents that occur. These car accidents can cause significant damage and injuries. The damage and injuries can be very costly for the victims of the accident.
There are many laws that people in Louisiana must follow when they are driving their cars. There are speed limits, stop lights and stop signs, laws for signaling turns, laws against distracted driving, drunk driving and many other laws. Some may seem tedious and inconsequential, but they are all designed to help prevent car accidents. However, as people know, drivers do not always follow these laws and accidents occur as a result.
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.