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Study examines factors in teen texting and driving

In Louisiana and across the U.S., the troubling phenomenon of distracted driving is something everyone needs to think about when they head out. This is true whether driving, walking, bicycling or anything else. A distracted driver, by definition, is not paying attention to what he or she should be: the road. That means there is less time to react to an unexpected circumstance and simple issues such as a crosswalk or a red light might be ignored. This can cause a crash with injuries and fatalities. Studies are frequently done to examine this issue. One assesses the texting and driving behaviors of teens.

The study found that factors like age, race, failure to wear a seatbelt on a regular basis, and drinking were factors in teens engaging in distracted driver behaviors. States that allowed younger teens to have a learner's permit had a higher frequency of texting and driving. In the study, at least 100,000 teens answered various questions about their driving habits. Several entities collaborated to formulate the results. Its goal was to determine which states had more teens texting and driving and who was at greater risk for doing so.

Drunk drivers can dramatically change many lives if they crash

It is no secret that the party is always going on in south Louisiana. Whether there is an LSU or Saints game, a festival or any other event going on, everyone attending hopes that they can enjoy their day and make it home safe afterward. One of the most serious hazards involving alcohol is the risk that someone will drink and then try to drive.

Drunk driving crashes change lives forever. Some people survive these crashes, but might suffer from injuries and memories that haunt them for the remainder of their days. Others die in these wrecks.

Remember the importance of legal help after a motorcycle accident

There are many motorcyclists on the road in Baton Rouge and across Louisiana. While most drivers will share the road with a motorcyclist and understand the importance of yielding, paying attention, adhering to the speed limit and other safety-based factors, there are still motorcycle crashes. Since a motorcycle rider is in danger for injuries and death because of the sheer nature of their lack of protection, a motorcycle accident can have life-changing consequences. Those who have been hurt or lost a loved one in a crash must remember the importance of legal help to consider a lawsuit.

Drivers should understand that a motorcyclist needs to be respected and protected. The failure to pay attention to them or disregard safety procedures can cause a motorcycle accident. If a motorcyclist crashes into a conventional vehicle, there can be broken bones, brain trauma, spinal cord injuries and worse. Even when motorcyclists are wearing the maximum amount of protective equipment, injuries are unavoidable when there is a crash. With the long-term damage, lost wages and medical expenses, the motorcyclist might need extensive treatment and help that a lawsuit can provide.

Possible distracted driver crashes into and kills motorcyclist

Louisiana drivers and motorcyclists must share the road with one another and pay strict attention to one another to ensure the safety of everyone. With the inherent risks that a motorcyclist will face when riding, any mistake the driver of a conventional motor vehicle makes can cause serious injury and death. For those who have been harmed by a motorcycle accident, the multiple costs associated with a recovery or the loss of a loved one can be overwhelming.

A collision between a car and a motorcycle led to the death of the rider. The accident happened in the afternoon at around 12:30 p.m. According to the investigation, it is believed that the 20-year-old female driver of the motor vehicle in question was heading north and crossed the center line of the road, crashing into a 65-year-old motorcyclist going in the opposite direction. The rider was taken to the hospital and died. The car driver is not believed to have been under the influence, but law enforcement believes she might have been a distracted driver when the crash happened. The investigation is continuing.

Auto accident on college campus injures four pedestrians

Car accidents can happen anywhere in Baton Rouge and across Louisiana, so it is wise for drivers, pedestrians and others on the road to be cognizant of their surroundings. This is even true in locations where there is supposed to be safety such as a college campus. Since vehicles will be operated on these campuses and there are often many people out and about - especially when the weather is pleasant - accidents can involve pedestrians and cause injuries and fatalities. When there is a crash, the investigation is key, but it is also important that those who were affected understand their right to seek compensation for medical expenses and other problems that come about because of the crash.

A two-car accident on the campus of Louisiana State University sent four pedestrians to the hospital. The accident happened in the morning at approximately 9:30 a.m. It occurred in an intersection. The impact sent one of the cars into the pedestrians as they were standing on the sidewalk. The drivers were students at LSU. The hospitalized pedestrians had non-life-threatening injuries. One driver, 22, was given a citation for failing to yield and for operating the vehicle carelessly. The investigation into the accident is continuing.

Driver found after fatal hit-and-run auto accident

When there is a car accident in Baton Rouge and the surrounding areas of Louisiana, the drivers involved are expected to stop and render aid to the others who were in the crash. This is especially important when the accident involves a pedestrian. Unfortunately, for a variety of reasons, a driver might decide to flee the scene rather than wait. Those who were injured or lost a loved one in a hit-and-run auto accident must know they have the right to seek compensation in a lawsuit, specifically after a hit-and-run with a fatality.

After a 25-year-old pedestrian was hit by a car, the driver fled the scene. The incident occurred at around 10:30 p.m. After hitting the man, the driver of a 2012 Toyota Camry, drove away. Law enforcement found the driver and charged her, a 72-year-old woman, with felony hit-and-run. The man who was hit, a father of two, died. The vehicle was found and she surrendered to law enforcement. The man died at the hospital.

Auto accident between school bus and police car causes injuries

On the streets of Baton Rouge, school buses and police cars are commonly present, easily seen and must share the road. While these vehicles serve different functions, it is imperative that they are operated within the law and avoid crashes to maintain safety for everyone. Unfortunately, an auto accident can occur with any kind of vehicle and law enforcement vehicles and school buses are no exception. After an accident with these vehicles, there can be injuries to those serving the community in law enforcement and those on a school bus. All must remember their right to seek compensation in a legal filing for all they have lost.

Two police officers and a person on a school bus were injured when the cruiser and the bus collided in Baton Rouge. The accident occurred at around 5:30 p.m. The police vehicle was a marked cruiser, and the bus had numerous passengers onboard. It is not yet known how or why the crash happened. Those who were hurt were taken to the hospital for treatment. The injuries are not thought to be life-threatening, and those harmed are said to be in stable condition. The crash reconstruction and investigation are ongoing.

What’s the best treatment of a spinal cord injury?

The thought alone of suffering a spinal cord injury is enough for you to think twice about how you live your life. While there are varying degrees of spinal cord injury, any type can cause pain, suffering and long-term health concerns.

If you suffer a spinal cord injury, such as in a motor vehicle accident, you need to seek immediate medical care. An experienced medical team can order the proper tests, conduct an examination and ensure that you're receiving the best possible care.

Dangers of a car crash are shown to be higher in August

Louisiana drivers who go out on the road might not realize that there are specific days of the year that are riskier than others. Researchers, however, do keep track of these factors and use this information to try and improve safety by emphasizing the dangers of accidents and why they happen. This information can also be of use after an accident, when those involved or those affected by it consider a legal filing for compensation.

Research from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety states that August 2 is the day with the highest number of road fatalities in any given year. This is higher than the days that would come immediately to mind as the most dangerous. The conclusions are based on the number of deaths from 2012 to 2016. It showed that there were 505 fatalities on August 2. Researchers attempted to discern how this could be the case. Encountering a drunk driver and inclement weather is not believed to be a common problem. A key point that is important to note is that many people take their vacation and head out on the road in August. Also, the nicer weather sparks a lack of caution.

Intoxicated boater seriously injures woman in crash

When the term "drunk driver" is referenced and there is an accident in Louisiana, it is often automatically viewed as involving a car or a truck. However, drivers operating any vehicle can find themselves facing drunk driving charges with people suffering serious injuries and death after a crash. This can include people who operate a boat while intoxicated. For people who have been injured or lost a loved one in a drunk boating accident, there is just as much of a right to file a lawsuit as with any other alcohol or drug-related crash.

According to recent reports, a woman was critically injured when a boat propeller hit her when the boat crashed. The incident occurred in the evening at around 6 p.m. when a 37-year-old man was allegedly driving the boat while under the influence. After the accident, the woman was taken to the hospital. The boat operator faces multiple charges after the crash, including reckless operation, DWI and vehicular negligent injury.

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