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Familiar roads pose hazards for drivers

Louisiana state law requires passenger vehicle occupants age 13 and over to fasten their seat belts at all times, and the results of studies conducted by road safety advocacy groups and government watchdogs suggest that drivers in the Pelican State would be wise to obey this law. Experts say that motorists who want to reduce their chances of being involved in an accident and wish to avoid serious injuries should remain alert and fasten their seat belts, and this advice may be particularly useful when they are taking short trips on familiar roads.

Survey finds many drivers text behind the wheel

In an online August 2017 survey of about 1,000 drivers, Progressive Insurance found that most thought texting and driving was dangerous and should be prohibited despite many admitting to doing so themselves. Some Louisiana drivers may have been among the 83 percent who said that police should be able to pull drivers over for texting. However, around one-third of respondents reported being "somewhat" or "very" confident in their texting and driving ability.

Why fall driving can be so dangerous

The fall months may create unique dangers for Louisiana drivers. As school gets back in session, there will likely be more cars and buses on the road during the morning and afternoon hours. There may also be increased pedestrian traffic as some kids walk to school. Cooler morning temperatures may mean that drivers encounter fog on their morning commute. This may reduce visibility and increase the risk of an accident.

Collision avoidance system as a standard feature

Car manufacturers in Louisiana and around the country should pay close attention to a recent study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety regarding collision avoidance systems in cars. These systems gained legitimacy due to findings that reveal single-vehicle, side-swipe and head-on car crashes get reduced by 11 percent when drivers operate vehicles equipped with anti-collision systems. Moreover, injury-inducing car accidents get reduced by 21 percent when drivers operate vehicles equipped with anti-crash systems.

Why autonomous vehicles may not be on the roads very soon

Many Louisiana motorists have been following the progress of self-driving cars and might believe that the nation's roadways will soon be filled with them. While it is true that some industry experts feel that way, there are several reasons why it might take much longer for the transformation to occur than is commonly believed.

Most Louisiana truck accidents are caused by car drivers

More than 5,000 road users are killed and a further 140,000 suffer injuries each year around the country in motor vehicle accidents involving large commercial vehicles according to figures compiled by a federal agency. Media outlets rarely cover major tractor-trailer crashes unless impaired, intoxicated or distracted truck drivers are involved, but the data suggests that it is passenger vehicle drivers who are most often at fault.

Device may reduce the incidence of drowsy driving

Some Louisiana motorists may not realize how dangerous drowsy driving can be. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that up to 6,000 fatal motor vehicle accidents each year are caused by this type of behavior. However, a company called Creative Mode has designed a device that alerts drivers as they are dozing off.

Tesla Model S fails to earn a place on IIHS safest list

Louisiana residents may have heard the Tesla Model S referred to as the safest vehicle to ever be sold in America, and they could be surprised to learn that the Palo Alto-based electric car maker's luxury sedan failed to impress the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety during a grueling test of six full-sized sedans. The Mercedes-Benz E-Class, The Toyota Avalon and the Lincoln Continental all earned places on the IIHS's list of the safest vehicles offered for sale in the United States, but the Model S, the Ford Taurus and the Chevrolet Impala did not.

Advocacy groups seek national autonomous vehicle regulations

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development announced in May that the engineering and design firm Arcadis had been contracted to look into the impact that autonomous vehicles will have on the state's highway system, but several road safety advocacy groups feel that this is an issue that should be addressed by Congress. Organizations like the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety worry that a patchwork of state laws and regulations would leave gaps that could allow untested and possibly dangerous technology onto the roads.

Tips for what to do after a car accident

People in Louisiana who are involved in a car accident might wonder what to do in the immediate aftermath of the accident. It is important to remain calm and check for injuries. Injured people should only be moved if necessary. If possible, cars should be moved off the roadway so that they do not cause another accident.