Thousands of road users are killed or catastrophically injured in Louisiana and around the country each year in motor vehicle accidents that take place at intersections. The vast majority of intersections in the United States are controlled by stop signs or traffic lights, but research suggests that roundabouts would provide a far more effective way to prevent collisions that result in serious injury or death.
Car accidents can cause serious harm to people in Louisiana. Unfortunately, many of those crashes are caused by negligent drivers. Negligence has a specific legal definition that can be particularly important when pursuing compensation for damages caused in a car crash. In order for a driver to be found negligent, they must have violated their required duty of care for another driver. In general, motorists have a responsibility to drive safely and to protect other drivers and pedestrians.
Many new cars sold in Louisiana boast futuristic safety technology that can supposedly eliminate many traffic hazards. While these semi-autonomous systems do reduce the risk of fatal accidents, many drivers have trouble understanding the technology. This lack of understanding can actually lead to new roadway dangers.
A study from the National Institutes for Health shows that teen drivers become more dangerous in the first three months of being licensed when compared to the last three months of having a learner's permit. In fact, the risk for a crash or near-miss increases eight times from one period to the other. Louisiana motorists and parents may want to know why this is the case.
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.
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% didn't bother to put down their mobile devices.
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.
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 first-hand impression of how dangerous it is to drive drowsy. This coincided with the designation of March 15 as "World Sleep Day."
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 that strong policies against using cellphones in vehicles correlated on average with lower numbers of accidents due to distraction.
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 reverse the tide.