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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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GHSA recommends ways to reduce speeding-related crashes

On behalf of The Law Offices of W.A. “Chip” Forstall, Jr. posted in Car Accidents on February 05, 2019

Speeding is behind nearly one-third of all motor vehicle-related fatalities in Louisiana and the rest of the U.S. This major topic has been analyzed anew in a report from the Governors Highway Safety Association. Entitled, “Speeding Away from Zero: Rethinking a Forgotten Traffic Safety Challenge,” it outlines some of the latest data and research on…

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More drivers are texting while behind the wheel

On behalf of The Law Offices of W.A. “Chip” Forstall, Jr. posted in Car Accidents on January 28, 2019

According to a study, drivers in Louisiana and around the country are talking on their cellphones less often while behind the wheel. However, they are increasingly using their cellphones to send texts and emails. For the study, which was released by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, researchers compared observational surveys conducted in 2014 with surveys…

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Ridesharing industry marked by high risk for drowsy driving

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

Louisiana residents who drive for extended periods could become drowsy on the road. This is the issue facing many drivers in the ridesharing industry. Unfortunately, low fare and salary incentives compel many to work past their safety limit, thus endangering themselves and others. Early mornings and nights are the times when sleepiness tends to peak….

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Seat belts could help avoid severe liver injuries

On behalf of The Law Offices of W.A. “Chip” Forstall, Jr. posted in Car Accidents on December 31, 2018

Car accidents may carry severe consequences for people in Louisiana who are seriously injured as a result of a crash. Seat belts and other technologies can, in many cases, help to reduce the severity of these injuries although they may be unable to prevent catastrophic effects. Researchers have noted that wearing a seat belt may…

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What to do to avoid road rage

On behalf of The Law Offices of W.A. “Chip” Forstall, Jr. posted in Car Accidents on December 26, 2018

At some point, an individual may share a Louisiana highway with someone who is aggressive or driving in a dangerous manner. Those who are aggressive on the highways are said to be experiencing road rage. While an individual may use coping strategies to stay calm behind the wheel, he or she can’t control what another…

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New report finds traffic deaths increasing worldwide

On behalf of The Law Offices of W.A. “Chip” Forstall, Jr. posted in Car Accidents on December 17, 2018

Drivers in Louisiana and across the U.S. are protected by strong road safety laws that help reduce traffic-related injuries and deaths. However, according to a new report by the World Health Organization, some countries do not offer such strong protections for drivers, passengers and pedestrians. The 2018 Global Status Report on Road Safety, which was…

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How external airbags can reduce crash injurys

On behalf of The Law Offices of W.A. “Chip” Forstall, Jr. posted in Car Accidents on December 11, 2018

External airbags are an emerging technology that many Louisiana residents may be interested to hear about. While some car part manufacturers are developing external airbags, it should be kept in mind that they are far from being perfected, much less being implemented on vehicles. Still, they may become a reality in the future. The ZF…

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Tips for safer winter travel

On behalf of The Law Offices of W.A. “Chip” Forstall, Jr. posted in Car Accidents on December 03, 2018

Louisiana motorists who are concerned about winter driving should keep several safety tips in mind. Checking the weather prior to travel, readying a car and being prepared for a stranded event are all ways that winter driving hazards can be mitigated. One thing Louisiana residents should remember is that traction control comes with many new…

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