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New Orleans Motor Vehicle Accidents Law Blog

Safety things for parents to look at when buying a family car

Keeping their family safe is among the things that parents generally care about most. Thus, safety is something parents are generally very concerned about in all different sorts of contexts when it comes to their family, including family travel. 

There are many different decisions parents make that can impact how safe their family is when traveling out on the roads. One such decision is the decision of what vehicle to buy when purchasing a family car. The reason this decision can have safety impacts is that vehicles can vary quite a bit from one another in how safe they are.

Fatal traffic crash involving alligator occurs in New Orleans

There are many different safety hazards that a driver could potentially encounter out on the roadways. Here in south Louisiana, one such hazard are alligators.

Now, alligators are probably not at the top of most people's lists of things to watch out for when driving. However, such animals do occasionally end up out on the roads here in southern Louisiana. Just like other animals, alligators can sometimes end up wandering onto the roads when on the move. According to a Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries spokesman, alligators are particularly likely to be on the move this time of year.

Accident cases involving small commercial vehicles can be different

Big commercial trucks or buses are what may come to a person's mind when thinking about commercial motor vehicles. However, not all commercial vehicles are this large. There are plenty of smaller commercial vehicles out on Louisiana's roads. Some examples include taxis, pizza delivery vehicles, delivery vans and hotel/airport shuttles.

Sometimes, small commercial vehicles are involved in accidents out on Louisiana's roads. One thing it can be important for individuals who have been injured in traffic collisions involving small commercial vehicles to be aware of is that legal cases involving such accidents can be a little different from legal cases involving accidents that solely involved regular smaller motor vehicles.

How bad is New Orleans traffic?

Generally, one of the last things a driver wants to encounter when they are out driving is bad traffic. Consequently, many individuals in New Orleans may find the results of a recent report from TomTom rather discouraging.

In the report, New Orleans ended up on two lists drivers don't want their city ending up on. The first was a list of the world's 100 worst traffic cities. New Orleans was given rank 98 on this list.

Study: many college students text at inappropriate times

These days, many college students text. Some college students text quite frequently. This can be seen in the findings of a study that involved 152 college-aged students being surveyed about texting. Sending and receiving at least 100 texts was something that slightly over 34 percent of the survey respondents said they did daily. 

Negligent parking by truckers can cause accidents

For a person in any sort of work, acting safely and responsibly when performing their job is important. This is particularly the case for truck drivers. This is because, when truck drivers act negligently and unsafely in relation to their job, they not only can be endangering their own safety, but also the safety of other motorists out on the road. 

Motor vehicle accidents involving large trucks can deal out some pretty major injuries to victims of the accident. One thing a person who is a victim of such an accident may wonder is: What parties can be held liable for the accident? What the liability situation is in a given truck accident depends on many things, including whether there were any negligent truck driver actions that contributed to the crash. Our firm can help truck accident victims with investigations into whether there was any truck driver negligence and other matters that can have impacts on the issue of liability.

New Orleans seeing more bicycle accidents

Bicyclists are becoming an increasingly common sight in many places in New Orleans. This can be seen in some data collected by the University of New Orleans' Transportation Institute. The data came from tracking bicycle traffic in 12 different locations in the New Orleans area in the period going from 2010 to 2014. According to the data, these 12 locations, altogether, saw 52 percent more bicycle ridership in 2014 than they did in 2010.

Unfortunately, as bicycle travel has increased in the New Orleans area, so too have bicycle accidents. Preliminary data from the Highway Safety Research Group at Louisiana State University indicates that, in 2014, 308 such accidents occurred in Orleans Parish. This is a rather significant increase from 2010; only 129 accidents occurred that year. 

Medications can sometimes impair a driver

It is vital for Louisianans to not take to the roads when their driving abilities are impaired by a substance. There are many types of substances that can impair a person's driving. One class of substances that drivers sometimes forget can have such effects are medications.

Some prescription medications and over-the-counter medications can cause things like decreased alertness and increased drowsiness. These sorts of side effects could significantly compromise a person's ability to drive in a safe manner.

Speeding: major risks, little benefit

There are many types of driving behavior that have significant dangers associated with them. One such behavior is driving over the speed limit.

When a person speeds, they could be putting themselves and others on the roads at serious risk of getting hurt. This is because speeding, through things like reducing the amount of reaction time a driver has, can lead to traffic collisions. According to the AAA Exchange website, around a third of all fatal traffic accidents and around 13 percent of all traffic accidents involve speeding.

Motorcycle travel on university/college campuses

There are certain areas in which motorcycle traffic can be more common than usual. A recent trend at one university in the state raises the question of whether the areas around universities and colleges are becoming such places here in Louisiana.

The university in question is Louisiana State University. In recent times, traveling by motorcycle has become increasingly popular among the school's students.