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Counter to national trend, motorcycle deaths rise in Louisiana

Louisiana residents received some bad news last month when preliminary numbers regarding how many motorcyclists died in accidents in this state last year. Specifically, the number of deaths rose slightly, from 92 to 95, going from 2016 to 2017. This was an increase of 3.3 percent.

This statistic runs contrary to the national trend; across the country, the number of motorcyclists killed in accidents decreased by 5.5 percent, from 5,286 to 4,990. Of course, it remains to be seen whether this decrease was a one-time fluke or the start of a fortunate trend.

We work to hold inattentive drivers accountable

Previous posts on this blog have talked about the dangers distracted drivers present to the people of New Orleans and the surrounding Louisiana communities. Inattentive and distracted drivers are a particular hazard to motorcyclists. Given their small size, motorcycles are naturally harder to see than a full-sized passenger vehicle. What this means is that drivers have to be particularly on the lookout for motorcycles both while traveling along and at intersections or when they are trying to make a turn.

After a serious motorcycle accident, the driver of the other car may claim that they simply did not see the motorcyclist before the accident. Although this might be a common defense, the reality is that it does not mean that a motorcyclist should not receive compensation from the driver that hit him. It rather begs the question as why the driver did not see the motorcyclist.

Federal rules limit time truckers can spend on road

This blog has previously alluded to the fact that many truckers who pass through the New Orleans area are subject to federal hours of service regulations, which are also commonly referred to as the "rest rules."

In an effort to prevent truck driver fatigue, and as their name implies, these rules limit the amount of time a trucker can be making deliveries before he or she must legally pull over and take an extended break.

With truck-related deaths soaring, families seek law changes

According to reports, the number of deaths attributed to truck accidents involving large tractor-trailers are higher than ever.

In order to reverse this trend, two women, both whom lost children in tractor-trailer accidents, are working to close what they see as a loophole on the safety laws and regulations governing trucks that travel from state to state.

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

The National Safety Council, which pushes and promotes nationwide personal safety initiatives, has declared April Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

The declaration comes in the wake of some bad news that the number of fatalities on this nation's roadways is on the rise. More than 40,000 people died in car accidents over the last year, which marks a 6 percent increase in traffic fatalities since 2015. The National Safety Council believes that the ongoing presence of distracted drivers on the road is at least partially to blame for the increase in the number of deaths.

Five teens struck by alleged drunk driver

A driver, who police say was legally impaired, hit five teenagers who were fishing near the road in a community not too far from New Orleans. According to police, the woman swerved off the road and wound up in the area where the five teens were fishing.

All five of the teenagers were injured, but two of them suffered only minor injuries and were treated at a local hospital. The other three teens suffered more significant injuries and was transferred to New Orleans for additional medical care.

Where to turn after a serious head injury

A previous post talked about how March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. Thus, this is a good time to remember the victims of serious head injuries. New Orleans, Louisiana, residents who suffer from brain injuries often have to go through a lot, simply to function in daily life. And, even more so, just to be able to return to work and support their families.

For example, victims may experience symptoms, like loss of memory, seizures and periodically feeling faint or dizzy, as well as other symptoms. Although, medication and therapy can help, there is no guarantee that these symptoms will subside. A person may have to live with them for the rest of their lives and, to the extent possible, figure out how to manage them.

March is a good time to remember victims of brain injuries

March is National Brian Injury Awareness Month and is therefore a good time to remember those in and around New Orleans, Louisiana, who are suffering from the effects of a serious or even so-called "mild" brain injury.

The symptoms of any brain injury are very serious. Even a person with a mild concussion may experience speech problems, disrupted sleeping patterns and even mood swings or memory difficulties. A person with a mild injury may need costly medical treatment and may also have to take days or even weeks off of work in order to recover.

Parking lot accident claims child's life

Our blog has often reported about how important it is for Louisiana motorists to keep a sharp eye out for other drivers and be mindful of the safety of others while they are traveling on the road. As a recent tragic case that happened in Covington, a city not too far from New Orleans, illustrates, the warning to pay attention applies equally when a driver is navigating through a parking lot.

According to reports, a child died after being hit in a parking lot by a pickup truck driver who apparently did not see the child. The accident happened in broad daylight while the child was low to the ground near a parked car in the parking lot, playing or otherwise doing what children tend to do. Apparently, the child's parents were nearby but may have been distracted while they were in the store.

How far does a truck travel before it stops?

Because they weigh more than cars, it takes additional time an energy to bring a semi-truck to an emergency stop than it does so with respect to a passenger vehicle. With this additional time comes a longer stopping distance.

According to one state's website, assuming they react to hazards at the same speed as the typical driver of a passenger car, a truck going 55 miles per hour will travel about 60 feet more than would a passenger car once each driver applies the brakes. Overall, it will take about 245 feet for a fully loaded truck to come to a complete stop from 55 miles per hour.

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