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Local Baton Rouge politician dies in bicycle-auto accident

Bicyclists and motor vehicle drivers must share the road in Baton Rouge and across Louisiana, and they must do so in an attentive manner to ensure that accidents do not happen. Unfortunately, some drivers are reckless, negligent, under the influence of alcohol or drugs or distracted and do not keep an eye on vulnerable bicycle riders. This can cause a bicycle-car crash with catastrophic injuries and death. After a family has lost a loved one or there have been serious injuries, having legal advice is an important factor in pursuing compensation in a legal filing.

In some instances, these accidents involve people who are known in the community. Such was the case when a councilman in East Baton Rouge Parish died when his bicycle was hit by an SUV. Anthony "Buddy" Amoroso, 61, was with another man as they rode bicycles in single file. They were both hit by a Chevrolet Tahoe at around 11:30 a.m. Mr. Amoroso was declared dead at the scene of the crash.

Study examines distracted driver behaviors and infotainment

Given the number of auto accidents in Baton Rouge and across Louisiana that happen because of a distracted driver, it need not be said how dangerous the behavior is. This is often linked to texting and driving. However, there are numerous distractions that can divert the driver's attention from where it should be - the road - and cause a crash. With these crashes, there can be serious injuries along with the accompanying treatments, medical expenses, lost time on the job and a difficult time getting back to his or her normal life. When there is a fatality, the family left behind will have extensive issues getting beyond the untimely death.

One recent study looked at so-called "infotainment" systems and determined that some are more risky to use than others in terms of distraction. It is also vital to remember that any distraction puts people in jeopardy of being in a car accident. The study examined infotainment systems that were installed by the manufacturer versus those that came from outside companies. It found that Google's Android Auto and Apple CarPlay required less attention from drivers. Still, there was a level of distraction when using any of them.

Bicyclist killed in drunk driving accident where driver fled

When there is an auto accident in Baton Rouge, the initial investigation will consider whether a driver was operating his or her vehicle under the influence, was distracted or if there was another circumstance that contributed to or was the outright cause of the crash. With a drunk driving accident, it is often not just the initial crash that can cause a problem, but the actions of the driver in the aftermath if there is an attempt to flee. Those who have suffered serious injuries or lost a loved one in this type of accident should consider all their options to seek compensation.

A 20-year-old man who rear-ended a car and then hit and killed a bicyclist as he fled the scene is facing multiple charges. The accident happened at about 8 p.m. when the driver went through a red light and crashed into the back of another vehicle. In an attempt to get away, he drove over a median and hit the rider. The rider was taken to the hospital and died there. Because his vehicle was so severely damaged, the driver was forced to stop a short time later.

Failure to yield to motorcyclist leads to fatal Louisiana crash

One of the foundational aspects of people remaining safe when on the Louisiana roadways is adhering to the law and exercising caution. One law that is crucial for keeping motorists safe is yielding when they have the right of way. This is especially true for drivers who encounter motorcyclists. Because motorcyclists are deprived of the protection afforded to those in conventional vehicles, they can suffer serious injuries and death in a crash. When this happens, they and their family members should consider the necessity of filing a lawsuit for compensation.

According to recent reports, a 20-year-old man riding a motorcycle died when a truck turned into his path. The accident happened in the afternoon at around 3:30 p.m. According to the investigation, the truck was heading east when it tried to turn. The motorcyclist was heading west as the truck turned into its path, causing a crash. The motorcyclist was thrown from his bike. Reports indicate that the motorcyclist was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. Unfortunately, his injuries were severe. He was taken to the hospital where he later died. The trucker was given a citation for turning left at the intersection. Impairment is not believed to be a factor into the accident.

Broken bones can end up costing you more than you think

Car accidents are terrifying experiences. Naturally, the first thing most people do after a crash is inspect themselves and anyone else in the vehicle for injuries.

All kinds of injuries are possible in a collision, including traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries. Compared to these severe possibilities, a broken bone may seem like a minor problem. However, broken bones can cost you thousands of dollars and require extensive medical treatment and rehabilitation.

Drunk driver arrested after hitting and killing pedestrian

When pedestrians are walking in Louisiana, there is a constant risk of being injured or killed by a motor vehicle. In some cases, uncontrollable circumstances lead to the crash. In others, the accident happened because of a drunk driver. When a pedestrian is hit by a vehicle, there can be severe injuries and loss of life. A legal filing is frequently the only way a family can be compensated for all they have lost.

A crash where a woman was hit and killed by a car has turned into a drunk driving arrest. According to reports, the 50-year-old woman was found in the street shortly after midnight. She was crossing the street when she was hit by a 2008 Cadillac CTS. She was declared dead at the site of the accident.

Study examines days and times when car accidents are more likely

Drivers, pedestrians and anyone else on the road in Baton Rouge and throughout Louisiana must be cautious every day of the week. However, there are certain days of the week and times of day that are more dangerous than others, and people should be vigilant about that. Research examines these factors to determine the risk and to craft strategies to make the roads safer. Knowing this information can also be useful if there is an auto accident and the victims or their families would like to consider a legal filing for compensation.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that there has been an increase in the number of fatal auto accidents. NHTSA statistics were used to conclude the days and times at which the roads were the most dangerous. It found that the most dangerous day to be on the road was Saturday. The safest was Tuesday. Using fatality numbers from 2016, it discovered that of the 37,461 deaths overall, 6,802 happened on Saturdays. This is a 53 percent increase from the 4,444 who died on Tuesdays. Notably, other weekend days were found to be second and third respectively with 5,826 dying on Fridays and 5,809 on Sundays.

Statistics highlight auto accident risks linked to days and time

Studies into the frequency and causes of an auto accident examine various aspects. All might be important to a Louisianan who has been affected by an automobile accident, whether it is with injuries or losing a loved one. Some issues that are not often considered, such as days of the week and time of day, could be important factors. One such study sought to examine these factors to gain a better understanding of these incidents.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or NHTSA says that the number of fatal accidents has been increasing. Certain days were found to be the most and least dangerous. The safest day to be on the road was found to be Tuesday. The riskiest was Saturday. Research says that the NHTSA's data showed that in 2016, there were slightly more than 6,800 deaths on Saturdays. This is out of the nearly 37,500 in total deaths on the road. On Tuesdays, the number was 4,444. Saturday has 53 percent more fatalities. Other weekend days were found to be similarly dangerous. On Fridays, there were 5,826 deaths; on Sunday, there were 5,809.

Louisiana in top 10 for fatalities in drunk driving accidents

Car accidents in Louisiana happen for a variety of reasons. Today, when there is a crash, the first thought that many might have is that it was due to a distracted driver. However, before people had smartphones and other methods of being distracted behind the wheel, one of the main reasons for an auto accident was because a driver was under the influence. Drunk driving remains a problem despite other potential reasons why there might be an accident. Researchers continue to assess this issue and attempt to find ways to reduce its frequency. Unfortunately, recent studies indicate that it continues to be a trend.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that every 50 minutes, there is a fatality in an alcohol-related accident in the U.S. Value Penguin, a research company, used the data from the NHTSA and expanded it. It calculated the number of DUI crashes per state. Louisiana came in ninth in the rankings for fatal car crashes with a drunk driver.

Stay safe while driving this summer

This summer, it's a good idea for motorists to use extra caution on the highways. With Baton Rouge schools closing for summer break, families will soon be finalizing their summer vacation plans.

Whether you're heading for one of the Gulf Coast beaches to the west or east or heading to other Louisiana destinations, you will likely encounter traffic congestion at one or more points along your route. Traffic increases during the peak commute hours, which Baton Rouge residents can attest are already brutal. If you are lucky enough to go on vacation this summer, plan your departure outside of these times.

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