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Distracted teens cause the most car crashes

On behalf of The Law Offices of W.A. “Chip” Forstall, Jr. posted in Car Accidents on October 25, 2019

In Louisiana and across the United States, Teen Driver Safety Week is scheduled to take place during the week of October 20 to 26. Prior to the event, Michigan State University (MSU) researchers conducted a study from 2011 to 2013. The study monitored 3,400 drivers with an array of technical instruments. One of the researchers…

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FMCSA encourages ADAS use, looks to revise HOS regulations

On behalf of The Law Offices of W.A. “Chip” Forstall, Jr. posted in Truck Accidents on October 14, 2019

Truck drivers in Louisiana should know that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is collaborating with several agencies and research institutes in the effort to raise awareness of the benefits of advanced driver assistance systems. ADAS, like automatic emergency braking and lane departure warning systems, have been proven to prevent collisions, and the FMCSA is…

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Distracted driving puts emergency responders at risk

On behalf of The Law Offices of W.A. “Chip” Forstall, Jr. posted in Car Accidents on October 08, 2019

First responders in Louisiana and across the U.S. are under constant threat from distracted drivers, according to a recent survey released by the National Safety Council and the Emergency Responder Safety Institute. As a result, safety advocates are urging drivers to use more caution when driving past emergency scenes. Federal statistics show that 37 people…

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Study shows more truckers are being deprived of sleep

On behalf of The Law Offices of W.A. “Chip” Forstall, Jr. posted in Truck Accidents on October 02, 2019

In Louisiana and throughout the country, more and more commercial truckers are getting poor sleep. A study from Ball State University researchers ranked the industries that have the highest percentage of sleep-deprived workers, and the transportation and material moving industry was in the top four. The study involved some 150,000 adults. Overall, there has been…

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Parents share worries about teen driving

On behalf of The Law Offices of W.A. “Chip” Forstall, Jr. posted in Car Accidents on September 23, 2019

When educating teens about driving and staying safe while on the road, parents may need to consider what they tell children about being both a driver and a passenger. One study indicates that teens need to be aware of safety when driving with other teens, and Louisiana residents may wish to know more about this…

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Automatic braking can lead to fewer crashes

On behalf of The Law Offices of W.A. “Chip” Forstall, Jr. posted in Car Accidents on September 17, 2019

Advanced safety features in vehicles have likely made cars safer, according to a new study released by GM. It found that automatic braking has reduced rear collisions by 46% while other features have offered additional benefits to drivers. Fewer collisions mean that there are fewer traffic injuries and fatalities in Louisiana and on roads throughout…

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Auto accident statistics show red light deaths highest in decade

On behalf of The Law Offices of W.A. “Chip” Forstall, Jr. posted in Car Accidents on September 12, 2019

Louisiana drivers will be schooled in stopping at red lights from the time they learn to drive. It is one of the most basic requirements. Unfortunately, many accidents are due to drivers who do not adhere to this law. Recent research uncovered a worrying trend regarding red light violations, and drivers should be aware of…

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Drowsy driving more widespread than previously thought

On behalf of The Law Offices of W.A. “Chip” Forstall, Jr. posted in Car Accidents on September 03, 2019

Various government reports have revealed that 1% to 2% of all car crashes in Louisiana and across the U.S. involve drowsy driving. Yet AAA researchers, in a 2018 study, reported that the number is more like 9.5%. In fact, it may be higher because drowsy driving is not only increasingly common but also hard to…

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Traffic deaths reach 40,000 for third consecutive year

On behalf of The Law Offices of W.A. “Chip” Forstall, Jr. posted in Car Accidents on August 26, 2019

The National Safety Council has released its preliminary estimates on traffic injuries and fatalities in 2018, and it appears that for the third year in a row, fatalities have exceeded the 40,000 mark. Residents of Louisiana should know that 2018 saw a 1% decrease in both fatalities and injuries. Yet compared to 2015, the number…

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Drowsy driving and its safety risks

On behalf of The Law Offices of W.A. “Chip” Forstall, Jr. posted in Car Accidents on August 19, 2019

In a AAA survey, almost one third of respondents admitted that they had driven at least once in the past month in such a drowsy condition that they could hardly keep their eyes open. Louisiana residents should be aware that there are several factors that are making drowsy driving almost unavoidable for many. Few areas…

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