It comes as no surprise that higher traffic volume results in more traffic accidents. The dangers of drinking and driving are all too familiar. But when high traffic volume and alcohol consumption combine, the results can be serious, and deadly, for Louisiana drivers.
Many Louisiana residents who have been following the Michael Brown case may be interested to learn that the deceased man's family filed a wrongful death case against the police officer who was involved in their loved one's death. However, a report noted the problems the family may face in their attempt to seek compensation for their loss.
A motorcyclist was injured in a fiery crash in Metairie during the morning hours of March 2, according to reports. The biker reportedly suffered several fractured bones.
A deadly vehicle accident occurred Feb. 19 on Louisiana Highway 594 at about 8 p.m. According to State Police Troopers, a GMC pickup truck traveling east on Rowland Road in Monroe allegedly did not stop at the intersection with the highway, where it collided with a northbound Chevrolet Equinox.
On the afternoon of Feb. 12, a collision between a 2001 Chevrolet Astro van and a 2013 Taoi moped resulted in the death of one of the drivers. The driver of the moped, who was not wearing a helmet at the time, was traveling east on La. 300, heading towards Deborah Drive in St. Bernard. The 2001 Chevrolet Astro van traveled north on Deborah Drive, approaching La. 300. State police reported that when the van turned right onto La. 300, the vehicles collided. The moped hit the rear of the van. The impact of the accident caused the 33-year-old male to be ejected from the moped. He sustained serious injuries. The moped driver was transported to Interim LSU Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
With the sharp rise in cellphone use among drivers in Louisiana and across the U.S. over the last decade, distracted driving has become a very important safety topic. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 421,000 people were injured in car accidents involving distracted drivers in 2012, and 3,328 people were killed.
Police say that they have identified three people who were killed in a car crash that took place on Jan. 18 just after 5 p.m. Two of the victims were females aged 31 and 41 while the third victim was a male. Police say that the crash occurred when a 2014 Sentra driven by the 41-year-old female crossed the center line while driving north on U.S. Highway 71 near Clarence.
A head-on automobile accident has caused injuries to both drivers involved. The crash happened in on Louisiana 415 near New Roads around 11 a.m. on Jan. 8.
According to authorities, three people died following a two-vehicle collision that occurred around 8 p.m. on Dec. 31 in Livingston Parish. The incident took place on LA Hwy 447, south of Interstate 12. State Police believe that the accident occurred as a 24-year-old male driver of a 2004 Mazda MZ6 was traveling northbound on the highway and crossed over the center line into oncoming traffic. The Mazda struck another car, a 2008 Mercury Mountaineer that was traveling southbound; the 38-year-old driver of that vehicle sustained moderate injuries and was taken to Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center.
On Dec. 16, a drunk driving crash on Louisiana Highway 2 resulted in the death of a woman from North Carolina. The deceased woman had been a passenger in a vehicle that was being driven by a 22-year-old woman.