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Certain demographics are more likely to be a distracted driver

Statistics can be beneficial to understanding why a car crash might have happened in Louisiana and across the nation. Since distracted driving is a problem that is so frequently referenced as a cause of auto accidents, studies are conducted to examine its circumstances. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) states that 14 percent of crashes in the United States, and 12 percent of crashes throughout the world happen because of distracted driving. A new study into what leads to distracted driving shows that certain demographics may be more prone to the practice than others.

In the study, young males were more likely to be distracted by cell phones, but they were also distracted by changing the radio station and talking to passengers. In addition, people whose personalities were deemed to be extroverted and neurotic were more prone to being distracted. The people who were more likely to admit to being distracted were those who thought it was a socially acceptable behavior or thought that it was uncontrollable. Older women and people who believe that it is controllable were less likely to be distracted.

Fatal accident on helicopter kills 2 contractors in Louisiana

Accidents can occur in any circumstance in Louisiana and lead to a fatality. People who are simply minding their own business driving, riding a bicycle or walking can be in a crash and killed. A medical error can result in a person's untimely death. Or accidents can happen at work. Regardless of how the fatal accident came about, there are fundamental issues that will inevitably arise. People will need to understand how a fatal accident can affect them and consider a wrongful death legal filing.

Two contractors from California who were working in Louisiana died in an accident. The men, ages 26 and 27, were working from a helicopter when the accident occurred. According to the investigation, their job involved working on electrical lines. They were attached to the helicopter by a safety harness. It is believed that the safety harness snapped after coming into contact with the electrical lines. This led to them falling. They fell approximately 100 feet to their deaths.

Is it time to strap in and discuss seat belt use with your teen?

As a parent, you may have looked forward to many milestones that your children have reached and will continue to reach throughout their lives. One such event that may have caused you some apprehension is when your teenager and his or her friends became old enough to drive. Though this time in your child's life can offer much excitement, you certainly know that inexperienced drivers can face and pose many dangers on the roads.

You may have done what you could to teach your child to drive safely. Though your teen may have had the driving skills to pass the driving test and obtain a license, you may still worry about his or her safety when behind the wheel or when he or she is a passenger in a friend's vehicle. One particular safety measure of which you may wish to remain particularly aware is seat belt use.

Distracted driver campaign seeks to reduce its frequency

These days, many Louisianans are aware of the fact that they might encounter a distracted driver when out on the road. The number of ways in which a person can be distracted has exploded due to advancements in technology. Whereas radios, eating and dealing with passengers were the main distractions in years past, the list has expanded to texting and driving, emailing, watching films, sports and more. Legislators, law enforcement, safety advocates and insurers are seeking ways to tamp down on the practice. With that, a new campaign was initiated by Travelers to reduce distracted driving.

The campaign is called "Every Second Matters" and will have forums to discuss why seemingly everyone knows distracted driving is dangerous even though almost 25 percent of Americans say they do it. Citing statistics saying that there were more than 40,000 deaths on the road in 2016, the executive vice president of Travelers stated that distracted driving is a major factor in these deaths, and it must be studied. The series will have professionals exploring the statistics regarding driver distractions and introduce strategies to stop it from happening.

Drowsy driving car accidents a risk after Daylight Saving Time

Louisianans who look forward to Daylight Saving Time to get that precious "extra" hour of sleep will often think that it is not a risk in any way except to their sleep patterns, which can be adapted relatively quickly. However, research indicates that the time immediately after Daylight Saving Time can place one in a significant risk to being involved in a car accident because of a drowsy driver. Understanding this risk can help motorists be more watchful, but it will not prevent some crashes that can cause injuries and fatalities.

The time change often leads to people driving more in the dark. That can cause greater fatigue and dangers while driving. This information comes from the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute. Because it is a subtle change, many might not think it is problematic, but it can take some time to grow accustomed to the alteration in sleep patterns and other factors.

Missed diabetes diagnosis can lead to worsened condition

Many people in Louisiana and across the nation are diagnosed with diabetes. The dangers of the condition are well-known, and people can find themselves disabled, debilitated and eventually lose their lives because of diabetes. However, for many, the condition is controllable if they receive the proper diagnosis. If they do not, it can result in a worsened condition and long-term -- even fatal -- problems. It has recently come to light that diabetes is not limited to the two common classifications, Type 1 and Type 2. There is a Type 3c that is frequently misdiagnosed as Type 2.

Type 3c diabetes comes about after the person has suffered trauma to the pancreas. Unlike Type 2, it must be treated more aggressively, making it risky if the medical professionals miss the diagnosis of Type 3c for Type 2. Since diabetes is in the top 10 of causes of death in the nation, it is important to understand what this misdiagnosis can mean to the patient. Type 2 is common in adults who are overweight, in poor shape and are 45 or older. Having a history of diabetes in the family is also a factor. With Type 3c, cancer of the pancreas, cystic fibrosis or pancreatitis will traumatize or damage the pancreas leaving the person susceptible to Type 3c diabetes.

Depressed nurses can lead to medical malpractice

When a Louisianan goes for treatment at a medical center, one of the last things that he or she is expecting is to be negatively affected by the state of mind of one of the caregivers. However, if a person is not paying strict attention to what he or she is doing or is feeling emotionally or physically under the weather, it stands to reason that they might not be as focused on the task at hand. This is an issue that is drawing more attention as research is showing the nurses who are depressed are more prone to making mistakes.

It is important to remember that a negligent operating room staff member or others who are meant to care for patients can make errors that cause serious injury and death as easily as a doctor can. Research is indicating the registered nurses are suffering from depression almost twice as frequently as people who work in other industries. That depression is being found to have an influence on patient care. In the study, there were surveys conducted with almost 1,800 nurses. 54 percent stated that they suffered from poor physical or emotional health. One-third stated that they were depressed on some level, had stress problems, and suffered from anxiety. Fewer than 50 percent said their professional quality of life was good.

The right approach after workplace injuries on oil rigs

Working in the oil industry and on oil rigs is a common way for Louisiana residents to earn a living. While they are proud of the work and take care to do it safely, there is no denying how dangerous it can be. This was evidenced with a recent incident in which there was an explosion leading to injuries and fatality. People who work on tankers, oil rigs and platforms are notoriously vulnerable to suffering workplace injuries. A concern that many should have is what they would do if they are hurt and unable to work for a time, if not forever. This is when it is vital to think about workers' compensation benefits.

Having legal assistance from an attorney who understands this industry, is aware of the necessary safety protocols and knows about the workers' compensation process is integral to getting the benefits that are necessary and have been earned. Any worker who is in this industry can suffer an injury or a fatality. People who are mechanics, operating the machinery or the rig, deckhands and more are susceptible to an accident.

Texting and driving lead driver to crash into motorcycle

In Louisiana and across the nation, the dangers of texting and driving are known. Law enforcement and legislators are seeking to determine how best to convince people that they should not use their smartphones for any reason while behind the wheel. Unfortunately, drivers continue to believe they can multitask or that being a distracted driver is not that risky. The reality is that in today's world, when car accidents occur, the first thought is that it was due to a distracted driver. Those who are injured or have lost a loved one in a crash must make certain there is a full investigation as to the cause so they can use it as part of a legal filing for compensation.

According to a recent article, a man riding a motorcycle was hit by a vehicle whose driver was texting. He survived, but was hospitalized. According to the man, he was riding and then woke up in the hospital with a broken pelvis and injuries to his lower spine. The man says the woman who was driving the vehicle that hit him was texting at the time of the crash. He has two children and is concerned about supporting them due to his injuries.

New, teen drivers at high risk for fatal auto accidents

Getting a driver's license is one of the most exciting moments in their lives for teens in Louisiana and across the country. However, other drivers are aware of the dangers that teen drivers pose. Teen drivers are inexperienced, may believe they can multitask by texting and driving and the may simply make mistakes. Researchers are studying the risk factors for teen drivers and found that teens are at high risk for being involved in a fatal auto accident.

As National Teen Driver Safety Week is underway, suggestions are being made to try and lower the number of car accidents that teens are involved in and, as an extension, reduce the number of car accident fatalities. Research from the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute indicates that being a distracted driver is one of the biggest issues that is affecting teen drivers today. Other behaviors that place teens and others at risk are driving around corners, hitting the brakes hard and driving at night.

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