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.
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 not stop liver injuries from occurring as a result of a crash, but it could help reduce the severity of the harm done.
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 person does. However, there are steps a person can take in an effort to defuse a potentially dangerous situation.
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.
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.
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.
A study by renowned highway safety experts indicates that automatic emergency brakes may be even more beneficial than originally thought. The study, which reviewed vehicle accident data in General Motors vehicles, indicates that automatic emergency braking systems are especially helpful in preventing rear-end collisions. The addition of automatic emergency brakes might end up saving lives on Louisiana highways.
Now that Daylight Saving Time has ended for the year, Louisiana readers will spend more time driving in the dark. Unfortunately, the National Safety Council reports that the risk of a fatal crash is three times greater once the sun goes down.
Halloween is one of the most dangerous days for traffic crashes. The National Highway Traffic Administration reports that holiday drunk driving fatalities reach their peak between 6 p.m. on Oct. 31 and 6 a.m. on Nov. 1. Drunk driving was to blame for 44 percent of the fatal traffic crashes that occurred during this 12-hour period from 2012 to 2016. Louisiana residents should therefore consider the following tips to ensure a safe All Hallows' Eve.
Louisiana readers may have heard that there were fewer overall traffic fatalities in 2017 than there were in 2016. However, according to a new government report, there was an increase in the number of traffic deaths caused by large trucks.