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New Orleans Motor Vehicle Accidents Law Blog

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.

Louisiana school bus drivers subject to extra safety rules

Many children here in Louisiana get to and from school via school bus. Given this extremely precious cargo, one would hope that all school bus drivers would make absolutely sure to drive safely when at the wheel of their bus. Innocent children who are our state’s future could be put at great risk of injury when school bus drivers act unsafely out on the roads.

This is one of the reasons why Louisiana law puts some extra safety rules on school bus drivers beyond those that apply to regular motorists. One of these extra rules regards cellphone use.

Fighting for justice in crashes involving speeding 18-wheelers

When a motorist suffers injuries in a traffic crash that involved their vehicle being hit by a large truck that was going over the speed limit, they may very well be able to receive compensation for such injuries. Sadly though, the battle for just compensation for injuries caused by a speeding 18-wheeler is often not an easy one. Trucking companies and insurers may try to fight off paying compensation in a variety of ways, including claiming that the truck involved in the accident was not speeding.

Is being at-ease behind the wheel actually a bad thing?

A recent set of experiments regarding road signs and other warning signs has yielded some interesting results. 

The experiments, there were four in all, involved comparing people's reactions to highly dynamic warning signs and warning signs that are not very dynamic. What does it mean for a warning sign to be dynamic? The more motion a sign conveys, the more dynamic the sign is. For example, a sign with a running person on it would be more dynamic than a sign with a walking or standing person on it.

What can motorists do to prevent motorcycle accidents?

The safety of motorcyclists out on Louisiana's roads is in part dependent on how the drivers of other motor vehicles act. Thus, one hopes that all of the state's drivers do their part to help make the state's roads as safe as possible for motorcyclists. We will now go over some of the steps it can be very important for motorists to take when it comes to motorcycle accident prevention.

One is to be very watchful for motorcyclists, particularly at times when motorcycle traffic can be heavier than usual, like weekends. When engaging in such watchfulness, it is important for drivers to keep in mind that motorcycles can sometimes be a little harder to spot than other vehicles.

Is truck parking shortage leading to more drowsy driving?

When a trucker drives while drowsy, their driving abilities may not be as sharp as usual and they may be more likely to get into a collision. Thus, drowsy driving by truck drivers can cause significant problems out on the roads.

There are many things that truck drivers can do to try to prevent falling into drowsy driving. One is to take a break from driving if they are starting to feel sleepy. Unfortunately, truck drivers do not always do this.

Louisiana rates well in highway safety law report

Many things can impact how safe a given state's roads are. One is what kind of traffic safety laws the state has. Thus, how Louisiana did on a recent report regarding highway safety laws is rather heartening.

The report was from Advocates for Highway & Auto Safety. This organization has identified 15 different highway safety laws it believes can play a major role in reducing injuries and deaths out on the roads. In the report, the organization looked at where each state's laws currently stood when it comes to these 15 safety measures, and gave each state a rating based on what sort of highway safety laws it had. This is the 12th year the organization has issued this report.

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.