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Feds aim to eliminate traffic fatalities within 30 years

On behalf of The Law Offices of W.A. “Chip” Forstall, Jr. posted in Car Accidents on October 14, 2016

Louisiana residents who are around 30 years from now may be living in a country where car accident deaths are non-existent.. The Obama administration has set a goal for eliminating all traffic accident deaths and injuries in the next three decades, and the U.S. Department of Transportation believes that this is a realistic possibility. There…

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Growing use of safety technology in all vehicles

On behalf of The Law Offices of W.A. “Chip” Forstall, Jr. posted in Car Accidents on September 12, 2016

Louisiana motorists will be able to take advantage of more vehicle safety technology in the future. Experts say that the new features will lead to greater safety for older drivers in particular. The already-available dashboard cameras that show what is behind a vehicle will be mandatory starting in 2018 while automated emergency brakes will become…

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Unlicensed, undocumented immigrant driving a bus kills two people

On behalf of The Law Offices of W.A. “Chip” Forstall, Jr. posted in Car Accidents on September 06, 2016

In late August, an unlicensed bus driver caused a car collision that resulted in numerous serious injuries, some of which were fatal. Dozens of passengers on the bus were injured while on their way to help clean up the flood damage in Louisiana. Two other people in the vicinity were killed and others were injured….

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New rule may limit speed of large trucks

On behalf of The Law Offices of W.A. “Chip” Forstall, Jr. posted in Car Accidents on September 01, 2016

Drivers in Louisiana may be interested to learn that the government may soon impose limits on how fast large vehicles can travel. The new rule, which is being suggested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, would impact trucks and buses of more than 26,000 pounds. These vehicles would be required to have a device…

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How drowsy driving impacts Louisiana drivers

On behalf of The Law Offices of W.A. “Chip” Forstall, Jr. posted in Car Accidents on August 15, 2016

According to a report from the Governors Highway Safety Association, there are roughly 83.6 million drivers on the road each day who are sleep-deprived. This drowsy driving phenomenon leads to approximately 5,000 deaths a year while costing roughly $109 billion annually. Although tired driving may be a problem, it may be hard to control because…

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Distracted driving goes beyond talking and texting

On behalf of The Law Offices of W.A. “Chip” Forstall, Jr. posted in Car Accidents on August 05, 2016

Louisiana drivers may be more aware of the dangers of texting and driving than in the past, but they may be less careful about playing games or engaging with social media while behind the wheel. From Google Maps to Pokemon Go and more, distractions related to cellphones are growing. Liberty Mutual Insurance and Students Against…

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Costs of traffic accidents going up in Louisiana

On behalf of The Law Offices of W.A. “Chip” Forstall, Jr. posted in Car Accidents on June 07, 2016

According to the National Safety Council, between January and June of this year, about 19,000 people have been killed in automobile accidents. This represents a 14 percent increase compared to the same timeframe last year, and it means that the United States may be on track to have its deadliest traffic year since 2007. Along…

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NSC projects increase in Memorial Day traffic fatalities

On behalf of The Law Offices of W.A. “Chip” Forstall, Jr. posted in Car Accidents on May 25, 2016

The National Safety Council is forecasting the deadliest Memorial Day weekend on America’s roads since at least 2009. It estimates that around 439 people will be killed in traffic collisions over the long weekend, along with another 50,500 who will be seriously injured. Louisiana families who are planning a road trip should be extra vigilant….

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Misconceptions of hands-free technology

On behalf of The Law Offices of W.A. “Chip” Forstall, Jr. posted in Car Accidents on April 14, 2016

Although some technology in vehicles increases the chances of distracted driving, many Louisiana drivers don’t see it that way. In fact, a majority of drivers around the country believe that hands-free and other devices put into vehicles are safe because the car maker included them. However, the technology in a car is put there more…

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Automatic braking systems to increase vehicle safety

On behalf of The Law Offices of W.A. “Chip” Forstall, Jr. posted in Car Accidents on March 24, 2016

Louisiana drivers will be able to purchase safer vehicles widely in 2022. This is the year that automakers that account for nearly 100 percent of U.S. light vehicle sales have agreed to make automatic emergency braking systems standard equipment in those vehicles. It is estimated that this could lead to 1 million fewer crashes annually,…

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