On May 3, a Mississippi man was killed in a car crash in Louisiana. The accident occurred near Slidell around 8:15 p.m.
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.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration have collaborated on a study of the major causes of trucking accidents. Called the Large Truck Crash Causation Study, it has produced conclusions that should be of interest to commercial truck drivers in Louisiana.
For many people involved in vehicle accidents in Louisiana, it isn't difficult to point to visible evidence of their bodily injury. It's not hard to miss broken bones, lacerations, and cracked teeth. But some of the most common injuries related to vehicle accidents don't leave any visible marks. Known as soft-tissue injuries, these often take the form of tears, sprains, and general muscle soreness.
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.
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.
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.
Being involved in a motor vehicle accident can be a traumatic experience for road users in Louisiana. Emergency personnel respond quickly to accident scenes when lives have been lost or injuries are serious, and law enforcement generally investigates these incidents thoroughly. For minor collisions, however, the motorists involved usually file claims on their auto insurance policies to cover damages.
Most drivers in Louisiana and around the country have either witnessed or been involved in a road rage incident. The pressures of modern life and the increasingly busy schedules of many Americans are among the reasons cited by experts for the alarming increase in road rage over the last few decades, but motorists may be able to reduce their chances of becoming embroiled in a dispute with an enraged driver by remaining calm and taking steps to deescalate tense situations.
Louisiana drivers and their passengers might be more likely to be in a fatal car accident than in previous years. The fatality rate for motor vehicle accidents climbed 8 percent in 2015 around the country, and in 2016, more than 40,000 people died in U.S. car crashes.