Getting into an accident is a jarring experience, no matter what the specifics of the situation might be. It can be even worse, though, if you have been in a collision that was obviously caused by the negligence of another driver. Regardless of who was at fault, there are certain principles you should adhere to when it comes to interacting with the other driver--or drivers--involved in an accident.
Drowsy driving is a common problem in Louisiana and across the country. Statistics show that 60 percent of American adults have driven while sleepy at some point in their lives. Worse, approximately one-third of drivers have actually fallen asleep while behind the wheel.
On May 3, a Mississippi man was killed in a car crash in Louisiana. The accident occurred near Slidell around 8:15 p.m.
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance recently announced its upcoming Operation Safe Driver Week, which will happen in Louisiana and across the nation from July 15 to July 21. During the week, commercial trucks will undergo in-depth inspections, and participating law enforcement agencies will be watching for unsafe driving behaviors by both large trucks and passenger cars.
Considering that over 70 percent of the United State's cargo is moved by commercial vehicles, the trucking industry is important to Louisiana. However, the average trucker puts in as much as 70 work hours in eight days. This means that many commercial drivers could be dangerously drowsy while on the job.
Louisiana drivers are some of the most distracted in the country, at least when it comes to phone use. This comes from statistics about mobile phone usage behind the wheel released by Everdrive, a mobile app that tracks driver safety practices. In Louisiana, 45 percent of car trips involved mobile phone usage by the driver. This is the second highest rate in the nation, behind only the neighboring state of Mississippi, which reached 47 percent. Most of the states with the highest rates of phone usage while driving are in the South, including Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and Florida.