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February 2018 Archives

Safety technology can cut the risk of backup crashes

The innovative safety technologies being widely installed in new vehicles may help Louisiana drivers achieve greater peace of mind. According to a recent report by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, backup crashes can be reduced significantly by the introduction of systems such as rear automatic braking. While this braking feature was connected to a 62 percent decrease in backup crashes, it's an option in only 5 percent of new automobiles.

Report offers governors tips for improving road safety

Louisiana motorists who are dissatisfied with the current safety conditions on the road may want to know about a new report published by the National Governors Association. The report provides states across the U.S. with tips on how to improve road safety and reduce the number of crashes.

Study finds collision avoidance systems prevent accidents

Louisiana motorists who have collision avoidance systems in their vehicles might be less likely to be in an accident than those who do not. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, in 2015, the rate of head-on crashes, sideswipes and accidents involving a single vehicle was 11 percent lower and injury crashes were 21 percent lower when vehicles had this technology. The IIHS estimated that if all vehicles had collision avoidance technology in 2015, there would have been at least 55,000 fewer injuries that year.

How TBIs can impact long-term health

Louisiana residents who experience a traumatic brain injury may have memory or emotional problems. However, they may also be at a higher risk for dementia. This was the finding of a study conducted by researchers at Umeå University in Sweden and published in PLoS Medicine. The study analyzed the medical records of 3 million Swedish people at or over the age of 50 who were diagnosed with TBI or dementia from 1964 to 2012.