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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Good Samaritan hurt in Lake Charles hit-and-run car crash

When there is a car crash in Lake Charles and throughout Louisiana, those involved are expected to stop to ensure that people are uninjured and call for help if they are. It is unfortunate that some do not adhere to this ethical duty after car accidents. A hit-and-run auto accident makes it more difficult to garner information about the circumstances and, as with any accident, it can result in injury and death. In a hit-and-run crash, the car accident victim must remember to protect his or her interests.

Study shows unexpected causes of being a distracted driver

As technological advancements are made, drivers in Louisiana and across the U.S. should be aware of the negatives that can accompany them. By now, it is well-known how risky it is to be a distracted driver or to encounter one. Oftentimes, this is thought to be related to a driver texting and driving or using a smartphone for other purposes. However, research states that there are other distractions and they are installed in the newer vehicles as an extra amenity that is intended to increase safety.

Motorcycle-car crash claims life of off-duty policeman

There are always numerous motorcycles present on Louisiana roadways. Most drivers of conventional vehicles are keenly aware of them and maintain safety by sharing the road. However, some drivers do not pay as close attention as they should, make illegal or reckless maneuvers, or simply do not see the motorcyclists. This can lead to motorcycle-car accidents. Given the vulnerability of motorcyclists, these accidents can cause substantial damage and even death. A lawyer can help a family to deal with the aftermath.

Louisiana hit-and-run kills man on bicycle

When there is a car crash in Louisiana, there can be injuries and fatalities. While some accidents happen due to driver behavior, others are simply a matter of circumstance. Regardless of the reason for the accident, one foundational fact is that the drivers involved should remain at the scene to exchange insurance information, call for emergency assistance if necessary and make certain that everyone is safe. Unfortunately, some choose not to do that. When there are car accidents with a hit-and-run, it is even more important for those who were affected by it to have legal help from start to end.

Study: Texting and driving and distractions rise near schools

In Louisiana and throughout the nation, distracted driving is a problem that is simply not going away. Despite attempts on the part of government agencies and law enforcement to discourage drivers from operating their vehicles while distracted, it is an ongoing issue that causes injuries, deaths and substantial damage. Researchers are consistently examining data and formulating methods to measure the scope of the issue. One recent study shows that the practice is even more dangerous to the most vulnerable victims than previously thought.

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