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Child motor vehicle deaths

Parents in Louisiana who are concerned about the welfare of their children should know that the South has the highest number of child fatalities due to motor vehicle accidents. This is according to research from the UT Southwestern Medical Center and Harvard University. Factors such as accidents on rural roads and using restraints improperly are thought to contribute to the high rate of child deaths.

Types of distracted driving

Distracted driving takes many forms. Along with changing the radio station, fiddling with climate controls or eating, Ma ny Louisiana motorists use their cellphone while behind the wheel. It is the last type of distracted driving that has led lawmakers to enact legislation geared towards reducing the behavior.

Determining if a tailgating driver can be held liable

If a Louisiana driver becomes involved in a car accident that involved tailgating, the driver that was tailgating will most likely be held liable for the crash as it is illegal to follow other vehicles too closely. However, there are certain liability issues that the driver who was not tailgating will have to prove in order for the other person to be held liable.

Smartphones and distracted driving

According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, young millennials in Louisiana and throughout the country may be the drivers most likely to be distracted by their smartphones. A report from the organization says that almost 90 percent of drivers in the 19-24 age group engage in risky driving behavior.

Determining liability in failure to brake accidents

Many Louisiana car accidents involve a motorist failing to brake in time. Along with people being distracted and not braking when the person in front of them slows down, some people also follow the person in front of them too closely to be able to brake in time if the person ahead of them stops abruptly. Additionally, a mechanical failure may result in brakes not responding.

Auto insurance industry to change along with self-driving cars

It is anticipated that the widespread introduction of autonomous cars will make Louisiana travelers safer. However, autonomous cars will be vulnerable to accidents in a different way, and this will lead to a shift in the insurance industry. Since there will be fewer accidents overall, the size of the industry is expected to shrink, but different entities are more likely to be held liable in accidents.

More than 40,000 people died on U.S. roads in 2016

New Orleans motorists may be disturbed to learn that there were more than 40,000 U.S. traffic fatalities in 2016, according to preliminary estimates released by the National Safety Council on Feb. 15. If the number is not revised downward, it would be the first time U.S. traffic deaths have crossed the 40,000 threshold since 2007.

Apple sued by car accident victims

Many Louisiana motorists have witnessed drivers looking down at their smartphones when their eyes should be on the road, and some have done it themselves. A distracted driver who causes a car accident could be held financially responsible for the victims' injuries. Now, a class action lawsuit is looking to hold a smartphone maker liable for some of the car accidents that have been caused by this type of behavior.

Critics want Snapchat's controversial speed filter withdrawn

Most Louisiana residents have exceeded a posted speed limit at one time or another, but only the most reckless of them would deliberately drive at dangerous speeds on public roads just to impress their friends. High-speed crashes involving motorists who were using smartphones while driving are usually caused by distraction, but at least two law enforcement agencies say that a controversial social media application is encouraging young drivers to behave extremely recklessly.

Drowsy driving accident risks go up with sleep deprivation

Many Louisianans are sleep deprived and get less than seven hours of sleep each 24-hour period. A study that was released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety on Dec. 6 found that for each hour of sleep lost in a 24-hour day, a driver's risk of being in a car accident increases dramatically.