A study by renowned highway safety experts indicates that automatic emergency brakes may be even more beneficial than originally thought. The study, which reviewed vehicle accident data in General Motors vehicles, indicates that automatic emergency braking systems are especially helpful in preventing rear-end collisions. The addition of automatic emergency brakes might end up saving lives on Louisiana highways.
In Louisiana and across the U.S., more people are being killed in large-truck crashes. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration reported a 9 percent increase in them in 2017 with a total of 4,761 being killed, about 1,300 of them being truckers. This is despite the fact that motor vehicle crashes in general went down 2 percent the same year.
Now that Daylight Saving Time has ended for the year, Louisiana readers will spend more time driving in the dark. Unfortunately, the National Safety Council reports that the risk of a fatal crash is three times greater once the sun goes down.
A Jennings, Louisiana woman was killed after a wastewater truck rolled into her vehicle. State police responded to the crash on October 23.