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Safety tips to keep in mind over the Fourth of July

Believe it or not, but the Fourth of July holiday is almost here. That means BBQs, picnics and fireworks with family and friends. There is no better time of year to celebrate our freedom. However, while we all know that Independence Day can be a lot of fun, it can turn very dangerous if safety is compromised.

In order to stay safe over the Fourth, keep these safety tips from the American Red Cross in mind…

'See-through' trucks: a safety boon or a safety hazard?

When considering a new auto safety technology, how effective the technology would be at addressing the safety issue it is aimed at is not the only important thing to look at. Another important thing to think about is whether the technology could have any unintended negative safety consequences. Sometimes, a technology aimed at addressing one auto safety problem accidentally ends up triggering a different problem. 

Some concerns about unintended safety consequences have been raised about a new safety technology Samsung has been working on. The technology is aimed at making it easier for drivers to safely pass a large truck.

Truck crashes sometimes come about through brake problems

The aftermath of a truck accident can be a very confusing time for the accident's victims. There are many things a victim of such a traffic collision may be unclear on after their accident, such as: what treatment they need, what the long-term implications of what happened to them are likely to be, what legal options they have, what actions they should be taking and what exactly was behind their accident. 

Our Louisiana law firm represents truck accident victims and we strive to provide our clients with clarity during this often confusing time. We can help answer questions truck accident victims have about things they are unclear on and provide them with compassionate legal guidance. We can also spearhead investigations for such individuals into what was responsible for their accident. 

Louisiana ranked No. 4 for fatal speeding-related crashes

We live in a society that puts a high premium on getting things done quickly. Thus, a person can rather constantly feel under pressure to speed things up during the various different tasks they perform in a day. Among the times a person can feel such pressure is when they are behind the wheel of their car. However, it is very important for drivers to not allow a desire to get to their destination as quickly as possible to cause them to take actions which would compromise their own safety and the safety of others who are out on the roads. 

Among the temptations it important for drivers to resist in this regard is the temptation to go over the speed limit. Speeding may sometimes seem attractive as a way to speed up a trip, but its potential negative consequences far exceed any benefit it could possibly yield time-wise. Speeding is not only against the law (and thus something that could expose a person to a fine) but also something that has the potential to lead to catastrophic traffic accidents that leave people hurt or worse

Tips for avoiding hydroplaning

It can be an extremely precarious moment when a motor vehicle goes out of control out on the roads. An out-of-control vehicle can rather easily result in a multi-vehicle accident. Multi-vehicle collisions can lead to numerous people getting hurt and, in some severe instances, numerous deaths.

Thus, taking all reasonable steps to remain in control of one's vehicle is remarkably important for drivers. This includes adjusting one's driving appropriately when one encounters conditions that could increase the risk of a vehicle going out of control.

Are New Orleans drivers staying off their phones in school zones?

School zones have some special traffic rules here in Louisiana. One of these special rules involves cellphones.

On most roads in Louisiana, cellphone use while driving is not an activity that is expressly banned for all drivers by state law. However, roads in signed school zones are different. State law does ban drivers from being on cellphones in such zones and drivers can be fined for violating this school zone rule (with the fine increasing after the first violation).

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.