Louisiana motorists can be prone to driving while tired. According to data from the American Sleep Foundation, roughly half of adult drivers in the United States do so on a regular basis. Furthermore, 40 percent said that they had fallen asleep behind the wheel at least once as a licensed driver. The Governors Highway Safety Association points out that an estimated 5,000 people died in 2015 because of crashes caused by drowsy drivers.
Louisiana drivers may be interested to learn that it was being predicted that auto insurance companies would begin to suffer as autonomous vehicles made their way onto the nation's roadways. However, it is now suggested that auto insurance products will simply shift focus, especially after reports of fatal accidents occurred that involved self-driving cars.
The dangers of drunk driving are well-known to many people in Louisiana, especially after the large-scale public awareness campaign against the practice over the past several decades. However, many people may be unaware of the dangers that driving while under the influence of drugs can pose. Indeed, nearly half of all drivers killed in fatal car crashes had drugs in their systems during the accident, including marijuana, opioids or a combination of the two. According to a report by the Governors Highway Safety Association, 44 percent of drivers who were fatally injured in a crash tested positive for these drugs.
To ensure a safe and fun Fourth of July, Louisiana residents need to first of all know what the most common hazards are. For example, those who are planning a barbecue probably know that undercooked meat contains salmonella and other bacteria. Those who are having a party around a swimming pool or lake will want to supervise children and provide life jackets when necessary.
Two in-car devices could provide a solution to the distracted drivers that are so prevalent in Louisiana and other states. The first is developed by Katasi and is called Groove; this device can be plugged into any car and link the driver's phone to its service provider through a cloud platform. The provider can then block all incoming communications and prevent all outgoing communication once it knows that the car is in motion.
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.
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.
If you, like many others, have ever found yourself involved in a Louisiana car accident, you may have suffered any number of different types of injuries, from minor cuts and bruises to potentially life-threatening head, brain or spinal cord injuries. Car accidents are one of today's leading causes of traumatic brain injury, with Neuro International reporting that, of the 1.4 million brain injuries Americans suffer each year, 280,000 of them result from car crashes.
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.