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February 2018 Archives

Automatic rear brakes could significantly reduce accidents

On behalf of The Law Offices of W.A. “Chip” Forstall, Jr. posted in Car Accidents on February 27, 2018

A recent study reveals that rear automatic braking systems can prevent accidents when backing up, but only about 5 percent of the vehicles sold in Louisiana and around the country feature the technology. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tested the effectiveness of the rear automatic braking systems fitted to six 2017 model year vehicles…

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Trade group wants hours of service regulations revised

On behalf of The Law Offices of W.A. “Chip” Forstall, Jr. posted in Truck Accidents on February 19, 2018

Truck drivers in Louisiana and around the country would be able to break up their journeys into segments without affecting strict hours of service regulations under a petition to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration made by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association. Hours of service rules are designed to prevent accidents caused by drowsy truck…

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Autonomous car technology is already paying safety dividends

On behalf of The Law Offices of W.A. “Chip” Forstall, Jr. posted in Car Accidents on February 12, 2018

Much has been written in recent years about the advent of autonomous vehicle technology and the road safety dividends that self-driving cars could provide. While vehicles lacking a steering wheel and pedals may still be several years away, the technology that has been developed by the scientists and engineers working on autonomous vehicle systems is…

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How to avoid distracted driving

On behalf of The Law Offices of W.A. “Chip” Forstall, Jr. posted in Car Accidents on February 07, 2018

Distracted driving is widespread in Louisiana and around the country. Many experts believe that distractions, especially smartphones, are the cause behind the rise in traffic deaths. In a Consumer Reports survey, 52 percent of drivers with smartphones admitted that they text, send emails, play music, watch videos, and surf the web on them while behind…

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