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New Orleans Motor Vehicle Accidents Law Blog

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.

Many drivers still allowing their phone to distract them

Driving distractions can come in all manner of different shapes and sizes. One thing that can be a huge source of distraction for a driver is their smartphone. Today's cellphones can do all manner of different things. The downside to this is that the range of ways that phones can distract a driver is quite vast.

Sometimes, cellphone-related distracted driving leads to a driver causing an accident that leaves people seriously injured. Such injuries can sometimes leave victims in a serious financial quandary. Attorneys can assist victims of distracted drivers in exploring their options for pursuing compensation.

Tire blowouts can put 18-wheelers out of control

It is one of the most terrifying sights that can come before a driver when out on Louisiana's roads: an 18-wheeler in front of or near them going out of control. Given their massive size, avoiding colliding with an out-of-control truck, even when engaging in proper defensive driving, can be remarkably difficult. Thus, an 18-wheeler going out of control will often result in motor vehicle collisions.

Accidents caused by an out-of-control truck can leave individuals with serious injuries and some rather significant emotional scars. Our firm is dedicated to providing compassionate, skilled and results-oriented legal help to victims of such accidents. Among the things we can look into for such individuals are what was responsible for the accident and what legal avenues they can take for seeking compensation.

Too many drivers getting behind the wheel while drowsy

Drowsy driving can have some rather catastrophic consequences.

For one, it can result in traffic accidents which leave individuals significantly injured. According to a recent study, injuries occur in around one-third of motor vehicle collisions where drowsy driving is a factor.

What safety factors should be looked at when picking a bus company?

One transportation method that groups often use for trips is bus travel. When a person is planning a group bus trip, one of the biggest decisions that comes before them is which bus company to use. There are all manner of different things that a person may be looking at when trying to pick a bus company for a group trip, including: the prices of the various bus companies, the routes of the bus companies, what sort of amenities the companies' buses have and what the comfort level is of the companies' buses.

One thing it is vital for individuals to not lose sight of in the face of all these different considerations when picking a bus company is that one of the most important things when it comes to a bus trip is safety. The best bus trip is one where everyone makes it to their destination safely. Thus, when looking into bus companies for a group trip, it can be very important to do some research into the safety of the companies.

Many parents not talking to their teens about safe driving

Unsafe driving can take all different sorts of forms and can come from all different sorts of drivers. One class of drivers though that can be particularly prone to dangerous conduct out on the roads are teens, as they lack a lot of driving experience and don't always make the wisest of decisions. This may be why auto accident rates are so high among teens.

Given this, one would hope that parents would be doing everything they can to help encourage their teens to be safe drivers. This includes having discussions with their teens about safe driving.

Smartphones can distract drivers in many different ways

When a car accident occurs that causes individuals to suffer injuries, one thing that it can be especially important to look into is whether any of the involved drivers engaged in dangerous conduct that caused the accident to happen. As there are many different types of driver conduct that can be dangerous, such investigations can get tricky at times. Attorneys can help victims of auto crashes sort through the details of their accident to try to determine if any driver misconduct contributed to the accident.

One thing that it is dangerous for drivers to do when out on the roads is engage in distracted driving. One object that can be a major source of distraction for a driver is their smartphone.