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Soft tissue damage and its symptoms

Most drivers in Louisiana have heard of whiplash, but they may not be aware that this condition is just one type of soft tissue injury. The straining, spraining or tearing of the soft tissues of the body, which include the muscles, tendons and ligaments, can be caused by any sudden and uncontrolled movement. These conditions arise most often in car accidents because of the suddenness of an impact.

Automatic rear brakes could significantly reduce accidents

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 using a series of car-to-pole and car-to-car tests, and they found that this technology can reduce rear crashes by as much as 62 percent.

Autonomous car technology is already paying safety dividends

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 already preventing accidents and saving lives in Louisiana and around the country.

How to avoid distracted driving

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 the wheel.

Time limits for reporting a car accident

Car accidents are a common occurrence on Louisiana roadways. While the first priority after a car accident should be to obtain medical attention for any injured drivers or passengers, drivers should also contact the police to make a report and exchange contact information and insurance information.

Rising crash rates highlight what can go wrong on the road

There may be a correlation between the measured increase of human intelligence and the increasing number of deadly car accidents in Louisiana and across the country, and scientists are working to find out why. Improvement in this area came to an abrupt halt in 2015 when the largest increase in fatalities in 50 years was recorded. The death rate rose even higher in 2016. That year, more than 40,000 people lost their lives in U.S. car collisions.

Intersection dangers can be cut by roundabout creation

Drivers and traffic specialists in Louisiana are often concerned about improving safety at roadway intersections. These junction points can be some of the most dangerous places on the road. As two or more streets come together, cars are at risk of hitting one another even with the use of traffic signals and other technology to manage the flow of cars. Intersections can frequently be site of fatal crashes or those that lead to serious injuries, posing a problem both for individuals on the road and for state authorities.

How to drive safely in the winter

According to the U.S. DOT Federal Highway Administration, 22 percent of all accidents are caused by the weather. Winter may be the most dangerous season for Louisiana drivers in terms of accidents caused by bad weather. Rain, ice and black ice can all make roads hazardous to drive on. Ice may exist on roadways even when the temperature is above freezing as road and other surfaces may warm slower than the air above it.