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The most frequent factors in motorcycle accidents

Motorcyclists face unique challenges in Louisiana and the rest of the U.S. Since motorcycles are less crash-worthy than motor vehicles, motorcyclists are more likely to die in collisions. Crash rates also vary depending on economic factors and how safety programs are implemented. However, there are certain types of crashes that are more common with motorcyclists.

According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, more than half of motorcycle accidents involve drivers over 40. Young and inexperienced motorcyclists are also frequently to blame. For example, they are at a higher risk for making mistakes in the dark and in bad weather.

How underride guards could save your life in a semitruck crash

Have you ever noticed the way a semitruck trailer sits high off the ground? In fact, the trailer is positioned perfectly so that the bottom half of the average motor vehicle would slip right under it while sheering off the top half of the car. This poses a serious threat to any car that inadvertently T-bones a semitruck.

Imagine if you were traveling in a vehicle and a semitruck pulled out in front of your path. Suddenly, your vehicle would be trapped under the trailer of the semitruck and you and your passengers could be decapitated as a result.

Automatic emergency braking accident reduction

New cars sold in Louisiana may come with modern safety features such as automatic emergency braking systems, or AEB. A study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that AEB greatly reduces the rate of accidents involving injuries.

The study looked at 10 models of General Motors vehicles from the 2013-2015 model years. Researchers examined police reports to determine the frequency of accidents involving vehicles with automatic emergency braking systems.

New study on drowsy driving turns up startling statistics

Drowsy driving is an issue across Louisiana and the rest of America. The U.S. Department of Transportation found in a survey that one in three adult U.S. drivers get under seven hours of sleep per night (the recommended amount is seven to nine hours). Drowsy driving is behind an estimated 7 percent of all motor vehicle crashes and 16 percent of all fatal traffic accidents.

A recent study published in the journal SLEEP has turned up some startling statistics about drowsy motorists. Researchers used U.S. DOT data on 5,470 crashes, which included in-depth investigations and even first-hand interviews with some of the drivers who caused these accidents.

Limo crash leads to many questions

Those who travel in a limo expect that they will have safe transportation to wherever they need to go. However, Louisiana residents may have heard about the limo crash in New York that killed a total of 20 people. According to the state's governor, the vehicle in question failed an inspection and should not have been in service at the time of the accident.

In New York, vehicles that seat 10 or more people must be inspected by the Department of Transportation. Drivers must also be licensed, and they need to meet federal standards if they drive across state lines or into Canada. Federal requirements include the need for additional records as well as medical exams for drivers. If a driver wishes to operate a vehicle that seats nine or more passengers, he or she must have a commercial driver's license.

Groups urge controversial change to truck safety guidelines

Truckers in Louisiana know that their vehicles are not required to have crash avoidance systems. The choice is entirely up to each individual fleet owner. However, some groups are pushing for mandatory crash avoidance technology on all large commercial trucks as a way to improve safety. According to federal data, there has been a 28 percent increase in large truck fatalities from 2009 to 2016.

Those grim statistics have led safety advocates to encourage the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to listen to recommendations made by the National Transportation Safety Board. The NTSB has recommended the mandating of crash avoidance tech on at least 10 occasions since the late 1990s. However, the NHTSA has yet to propose any regulations along these lines.

Gathering crucial evidence after a truck accident

Building a personal injury claim after a commercial truck accident is no simple task, even if the fault in the accident is clear. Unlike most accidents between consumer drivers, commercial truck accidents typically involve one or more large companies, each highly motivated to avoid losing thousands of dollars to a settlement.

For this reason and several others, it is crucial for victims of commercial truck accidents to build strong claims with as much supporting evidence as they can find. The legal teams employed by large companies and their insurers are very good at finding justifications for denying settlements or minimizing them to save their bottom line. This often leaves victims with mountains of debt and lasting disabilities.

Many drivers rely too much on collision avoidance systems

Most American drivers, including those in Louisiana, don't fully understand the limitations of collision avoidance systems on new cars and trucks, according to a new study. As a result, many of them overestimate the capabilities of these technologies, potentially placing themselves and others at risk.

The study, conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, found that a significant portion of drivers don't understand that they need to stay alert and continue to practice basic safety rules when operating a vehicle with collision avoidance technologies. These include automatic emergency braking and blind spot monitoring systems and adaptive cruise control.

12,000 trucks placed out-of-service for hours, brake problems

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, or CVSA, placed almost 12,000 truck and buses out of service in Louisiana and across North America as part of an inspection blitz. The event, known as International Roadcheck, completed a total of 67,502 roadside inspections over a three-day period. During this time, 2,664 drivers and 11,897 vehicles were ordered out of service. Approximately 45,400 of these inspections were Level I inspections, the most thorough type of inspection.

According to the CVSA, the roadcheck blitz mainly focused on hours-of-service violations. Forty-three percent of the drivers who were placed out of service during the inspection was due to hours-of-service violations. The top three reasons for trucks being placed out of service were due to brake problems at 28.4 percent, tire and wheel violations at 19.1 percent and brake adjustment issues at 16.3 percent. Driver out-of-service violations included hours of service, incorrect class license and falsifying duty records.

Staying safe on the road when school is in session

When school is in session, more buses appear on the road and children are more likely to dart out into streets. However, motorists can help keep the roads in Louisiana safe by following a few tips.

For example, people should avoid all distracting activities like calling, texting, eating, or fidgeting with the radio while behind the wheel. Drivers should also watch out for children in school zones, at bus stops and by crosswalks. They must obey the speed limits and make their turns carefully.

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