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Woman dies in Baton Rouge accident

An 81-year-old woman died after a recent car accident in the Baton Rouge area.

According to authorities, the accident happened in broad daylight. Another vehicle hit the lady's vehicle head-on. Police said that the driver of the vehicle which caused the impact was attempting to perform a U-turn on a city street but apparently lost control of the vehicle, causing the collision. While rescuers attempted to treat the woman, she succumbed to her injuries shortly after the accident.

Louisiana ninth in drunk driving fatalities

In addition to New Year's, revelers in Louisiana also celebrate Mardi Gras. Unfortunately, people consume the most liquor during these holidays with 43.5 percent of the population engaging in binge drinking. Recently issued statistics from SafeWise also indicate that Louisiana ranked ninth in this country for fatal drunk driving accidents.

There were 285 drunk driving deaths across the United States between Christmas and New Year's in 2018. For an entire year, there were 10,511 drunk driving deaths which constituted one-third of all traffic fatalities. Tragically, all these deaths were preventable.

Why do spinal cord injuries fail to heal?

Pulling out of your driveway, you get hit by a drunk driver. They were speeding, at night, with their headlights off. Their BAC was well over the legal limit. You never saw them and you never had a chance.

You end up in the hospital with a spinal cord injury. It's touch and go at first. Doctors do get you stabilized, and you settle in for a long road to recovery. They warn you that you may never heal completely.

Vehicle safety systems cause unsafe distractions

New technologies that were intended to make driving safer present a dangerous irony. These systems are increasing the risks of car accidents, according to a AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety study.

Adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, and other automated devices may safeguard motorists, but drivers put too much trust in their effectiveness. As a result, these motorists do not pay enough attention to driving and may not keep their hands on the wheel.

Commercial vehicle accidents on the upswing in 2017

Buses and large trucks are a common sight on Louisiana roads. However, if not handled with care, they can cause fatal accidents.

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, in 2017 4,889 buses and large trucks were involved in deadly motor vehicle accidents. This represents a 9 percent uptick in such crashes from the previous year. In fact, while the number of deadly motor vehicle accidents went down 34 percent between 2005 and 2009, they went up 40 percent between 2009 and 2017.

Texting and driving persists, despite known dangers

Most states, including Louisiana, have taken steps to reduce the number of drivers distracted by their cellphones by enacting bans on some or all cellphone use while behind the wheel.

Are these laws effective when it comes to reducing the number of car accidents caused by cellphone use?

Police ramp up efforts to combat drunk driving

The winter holiday season is here, and people across Louisiana will be going to parties and celebrations throughout the month of December and into the New Year. It is not at all unusual for people to have a drink or two as part of these festivities, and most people will do so responsibly.

However, there will be those who do not handle alcohol responsibility and will go on to cause drunk driving accidents.

Can you avoid a wrong-way driver?

Wrong-way drivers are terrifying. They're often intoxicated or under the influence of drugs. They come toward you at a speed that seems nearly impossible, in a place they should never be. You have maybe a split second to react. A crash carries a very high chance of becoming a fatal event.

More than anything else, the road systems are designed to avoid these types of crashes. And yet they still happen every year, and they happen hundreds of times. Can you avoid a wrong-way driver if you see one?

Legal protections for motorcycle accident victims

Though motorcycle riders have the same rights and privileges on the roadways as other drivers and vehicles, other drivers do not always behave as though they do. Too often other drivers are negligent, careless or inattentive when it comes to motorcycles which can lead to serious harm for motorcyclists and motorcycle accidents.

Motorcycle accident victims can suffer catastrophic injuries and death due to the negligence and carelessness of other drivers and the vulnerability of motorcyclists on the roadways. Unfortunately, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that during 2014, 4,856 victims died in motorcycle accidents and 92,000 more motorcycle accident victims suffered injuries in motorcycle accidents.

Who is liable for a truck accident?

One question that may be at the forefront of victims' minds following a truck accident is who is liable for the accident and the damages they have suffered. This is an important question for victims following a truck accident.

Victims may have many questions after their accident, but one common question may be who is liable for the injuries, damages and harm they have suffered. The answer depends on whether another person acted negligently. A personal injury claim brought against the negligent party may be able to help injured victims recover compensation for their physical, financial and emotional damages.

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