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U.S. drivers distracted by group chats, internet memes

On behalf of The Law Offices of W.A. “Chip” Forstall, Jr. posted in Car Accidents on April 30, 2019

Drivers in Louisiana and elsewhere know that they’re not supposed to use their cellphones while behind the wheel, but that doesn’t stop many of them from doing it. In fact, a new study finds that group chats and internet memes are some of the top cellphone distractions for drivers. Early in 2019, Wakefield Research and…

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Root Insurance analyzes distracted driving behaviors

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

Many drivers in Louisiana and across the US engage in distracting behaviors even though they know they shouldn’t. Root Insurance’s second-annual distracted driving study confirms this fact in addition to other issues. Respondents were found to spend an average of 13 minutes a day using their phones while driving. Even when seeing police around, 38%…

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New Volvo technology will monitor for drunk, distracted driving

On behalf of The Law Offices of W.A. “Chip” Forstall, Jr. posted in Car Accidents on April 15, 2019

Volvo Cars is making plans to install onboard vehicle cameras and sensors that will detect when Louisiana drivers are distracted or impaired. The Swedish automaker will begin installing the technology in the early 2020s. According to Volvo, its new technology will monitor drivers for signs they are intoxicated or not paying attention and send warning…

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Steering and suspension focus of 2019 truck inspection event

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

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance plans inspection sprees every year to emphasize truck maintenance and compliance with federal regulations. This year, the organization announced that inspectors will emphasize the importance of steering and suspension systems. Drivers of big rigs and buses in Louisiana can expect to undergo a Level I inspection during the 72-hour International…

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Groups push for safety tech to reduce fatal truck crashes

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

Louisiana commercial truck drivers and their employers should know that fatal large truck crashes are on the rise. Between 2009 and 2017, there was a 28 percent increase across the country. A total of 4,102 people died in these crashes in 2017, 68 percent being occupants of other vehicles and 14 percent being pedestrians, motorcyclists,…

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Ford “Sleep Suit” simulates effects of drowsy driving

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

Drowsy driving is behind one in five road accidents. Lack of sleep affects concentration, and remaining awake for 18 hours or more can impair one to the same extent as a driver who exceeds the legal limit for alcohol. Louisiana residents should know that Ford has created a special Sleep Suit to give drivers a…

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Mild brain injuries could lead to mental health issues

On behalf of The Law Offices of W.A. “Chip” Forstall, Jr. posted in Brain Injuries on March 11, 2019

A study published in JAMA Psychiatry links mild traumatic brain injuries with an increased chance of mental health issues. Doctors in Louisiana, as elsewhere, may want to ensure that their patients are monitored for many months after incurring mTBIs as this can ensure the best recovery possible. Researchers at the University of California in San…

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Strong cellphone laws for drivers linked to fewer accidents

On behalf of The Law Offices of W.A. “Chip” Forstall, Jr. posted in Car Accidents on March 04, 2019

Louisiana partially restricts cellphone use by drivers. Novice drivers must forgo the use of cellphones behind the wheel entirely, and texting while driving is prohibited for everyone. The state had the 15th highest rate in the nation for distracted driving deaths, according to a study by an online financial advice company. Overall, the study found…

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Highway traffic deaths remain over 40,000 in the past year

On behalf of The Law Offices of W.A. “Chip” Forstall, Jr. posted in Car Accidents on March 01, 2019

While traffic deaths in the U.S. declined slightly in 2018, the overall number remains much higher than it was four years ago. For the past three years, the figure has risen to over 40,000 per year. A few reasons have been given for the increase. By taking the necessary precautions, drivers in Louisiana could help…

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