November 2017 Archives

Short days and dark nights pose risks to motorcyclists

Many Louisiana residents enjoyed the time shift that occurred just a few weeks ago. As most Americans fell back an hour and relished in an extra hour of sleep, they were simultaneously forced to transition to days in which the sun sets earlier and the nights start much sooner than they grew accustom to over the summer.

How your cellphone can help you after a serious crash

When you think of cellphones and cars, you probably think of distracted driving. For years now, accident rates related to drivers engaged with their phones instead of their surroundings have been a real risk for people on the road. Cellphones are a primary source of distraction. However, not all cellphone use in a car is a bad thing. In the immediate aftermath of a collision with another vehicle or a crash, a mobile phone can provide critical assistance.

What can be done to prevent drunk driving accidents in Louisiana?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 3,000 people died in drunk driving accidents in the state between the years of 2003 and 2012. This is an upsettingly high number and demonstrates the true extent of harm that senseless drunk driving incidents inflict upon Louisiana communities each year.

Federal guidance highlights dangers of operating large vehicles

Truck accidents can be dangerous, damaging and deadly for Louisiana victims. Often when an incident occurs between a large commercial vehicle and a privately owned truck, car or van the failure of the commercial vehicle's driver to spot the smaller automobile contributes to the collision. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has offered guidance to drivers about how to avoid vehicle accidents with large commercial trucks, and from that guidance drivers may learn more about the many dangers associated with semis, 18-wheelers and other commercial vehicles.

Drinking during the holidays can lead to serious winter accidents

Louisiana residents may have noticed that as soon as the calendar changed over from October to November, all of the pumpkins and witch hats in their favorite stores' displays magically changed into snowflakes and Santa caps. It is November and now the long and celebratory stretch of holidays beginning with Thanksgiving and ending with New Year's Day is on individuals' radars. This period it often marked with happiness and goodwill, celebrated through an increase of parties, get-togethers and other events where people enjoy themselves with good food, entertaining company and spirited drinks.

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