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New Orleans Motor Vehicle Accidents Law Blog

Study: NFL home games may mean more car accidents

With the Super Bowl coming up this Sunday, many people's minds are on the NFL. So today, we will talk about an auto accident study involving NFL games. Based on what the study found, drivers in the New Orleans area may want to be extra careful the next time they take to the roads on a day when the Saints have a home game, particularly if things don't go well for the Saints in the game.

In the study, researchers reviewed data on traffic accident insurance claims made in relation to vehicles garaged in the ZIP codes where there are NFL stadiums and compared the accident claim levels for days when the home team was playing at the stadium with the levels for days when they weren't.

Low-speed motorcycle accidents can cause great harm

Most people know that high-speed motor vehicle accidents can have incredibly devastating outcomes. However, when it comes to low-speed accidents, a person's first reaction might be to dismiss them as minor things that don't really result in that much harm. However, just because an accident occurred at a low speed does not mean it can't result in individuals suffering significant injuries.

Low-speed accidents can be particularly impactful on motorcyclists. For example, such accidents can cause a motorcyclist to suffer major soft tissue damage in their shoulders, ankles or knees.

What time of day are large truck accident deaths most common?

Tragedy can strike rather quickly when an 18-wheeler is involved in a traffic accident. Collisions involving these large vehicles sometimes yield fatalities.

Fatal accidents involving 18-wheelers or other large trucks can happen at any time of the day. However, there is a certain time of the day in which large truck crash fatalities are particularly common. At least that's what statistics on the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's website indicate.  

What safety impacts could windshield heads-up displays have?

We may soon be seeing a rather significant change in a pretty basic part of the car: the windshield. It appears that it might not be very long before it is a relatively common thing for car windshields to contain heads-up displays.

Such displays involve projecting information onto a car's windshield so that the driver could see it while looking forward towards the road. There are all sorts of different kinds of information such displays could potentially convey to drivers, such as: driving directions, speed information, safety alerts, Facebook alerts and text messages. 

Eyes. Hands. Mind. The reality of distracted driving.

Most individuals immediately think of cell phone use when they hear the phrase "distracted driving." Cell phones, however, only account for a small piece of what distracted driving actually means. Activities such as eating, personal grooming, talking to passengers or reading can be just as dangerous.

Distraction.gov is the official U.S. government website for distracted driving. One of the most important notes on that site is the fact that even a momentary lapse in attention can lead to devastating, life-altering accidents. The potential for serious accidents dramatically increases along with the length of time a driver allows his or her focus to be pulled from the task at hand - safely driving a vehicle.

Large-truck-related accident deaths continue to edge upward

In 2009, deaths coming from accidents that involved large trucks hit a low here in the United States. Since then, however, such fatalities have been climbing back up. According to a recent federal report, this trend continued in 2013.

2013 was the fourth year in a row that the U.S. has seen an increase in traffic deaths from traffic accidents involving large trucks. The increase in 2013 was a fairly small one. Specifically, the annual fatality total was 20 deaths higher in 2013 than it was in 2012 (3,964 as opposed to 3,944). This amounts to a 0.5 percent increase. While this may not seem like much of an increase, any increase is a cause for worry when it comes to losses of life. 

Be safe around commercial vehicles when holiday traveling

The Christmas and New Year's holidays are nearly here. Around these holidays, quite a few individuals travel in order to be with their loved ones for the holiday season. Thus, here in Louisiana and the rest of the U.S., quite a few holiday travelers will be out on the roads over the next couple of weeks. 

Of course, the vehicles of holiday travelers will not be the only ones out on the roads during the holiday period. So too will many of the vehicles that normally populate the roads, including commercial trucks and other commercial vehicles. It is very important for holiday travelers to exercise appropriate care when driving near commercial vehicles. 

Teen drivers and tire safety

It is extremely important for all Louisiana drivers to do what they can to reduce the likelihood of motor vehicle accidents occurring. One thing this includes is regularly checking to see if one’s vehicle is in proper condition. Among the things a person should regularly check when it comes to their vehicle is the condition of their vehicle's tires, such as the pressure of the tires and the state of the treads of the tires. When a vehicle's tires are in a poor condition or are not inflated properly, it can result in tire-related auto accidents, such as tire blowout accidents.

Thus, one would hope that all drivers would know the basics of checking tire conditions. However, a survey indicates that many teen drivers do not know these basics. This raises concerns that many teens might end up going into adulthood without knowing how to do important tire safety checks.

Motorcycle versus deer accident in Louisiana results in fatality

Recently, here in Louisiana, a traffic accident involving a deer killed a motorcyclist and left the motorcyclist's passenger severely hurt. 

The accident happened last Saturday night. A man from Leesville was operating a motorcycle on Louisiana 28 West, with his wife as a passenger. Then, a deer came from the road's median and crossed into the lane the motorcycle was in. The motorcycle then hit the deer. This collision caused both the Leesville man and his wife to be thrown from the motorcycle.   

Could changing school start times reduce teen car accidents?

Teen car crashes can have horrific results. Such accidents can result in teen drivers or other motorists suffering injuries that could impact their ability to perform some of the most basic of everyday tasks, such as walking under their own power. In some instances, such traffic crashes cause fatalities.

There are many different things that can lead to teen car accidents. One of the better-known ones is distracted driving by teen drivers. A potential accident cause which often doesn't get quite as much of the public's attention is drowsy driving by teen drivers.