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Five major factors behind truck accidents

Truck accidents can occur for a variety of reasons in Louisiana, the leading cause being driver error. This includes drunk and drugged driving, inattentive driving, speeding and drowsy driving. Studies show that in 81% of truck accidents involving driver error, the passenger vehicle driver rather than the trucker was to blame.

There are four other major causes of truck accidents. One of them is bad weather since truckers who do not know the proper braking techniques may skid, hydroplane or jackknife when the roads are slippery from rain, ice or snow.

Uber's autonomous vehicle testing criticized by the NTSB

Auto manufacturers have predicted that self-driving cars will become a common sight on the roads in Louisiana and around the country, but a spate of deadly accidents involving vehicles equipped with autonomous or semi-autonomous equipment suggest that there are many problems to iron out before human beings can safely hand over driving responsibilities to machines. One of those accidents occurred in March 2018 in Arizona, and it claimed the life of a 49-year-old woman.

The woman was struck and killed as she crossed the street by an SUV fitted with autonomous vehicle technology that was undergoing field testing for the ride-sharing company Uber. The National Transportation Safety Board will hold a hearing on Nov. 18 to determine what caused the accident, but a batch of more than 400 documents released by the agency on Nov. 5 suggest that Uber will be blamed.

Inadequate security at a business could leave you a crime victim

New Orleans is a town known for raucous parties, incredible music, peerless cuisine and tourism. Much of the local economy revolves around the tourism industry, which helps maintain a steady flow of outside money into the local economy. However, all of those tourists and their vacation funds also make New Orleans a destination for criminals.

All too often, individuals who come to New Orleans looking for a good time could find themselves the victims of a mugging or similar criminal offense. Sometimes, those crimes were preventable if a business had taken adequate steps to secure its facilities.

New auto safety systems do little to protect pedestrians

The number of people killed on the roads in Louisiana and around the country fell slightly in 2018 according to a set of figures released recently by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Sadly, the news was far from good for the country's most vulnerable road users. The number of pedestrians killed after being struck by a motor vehicle rose by 3.4% to 6,283 in 2018, and cyclist fatalities climbed by an even more alarming 6.3% to 857. The pedestrian death toll in 2018 was the highest since 1990 according to NHTSA.

Pedestrian deaths are rising despite significant advances in automobile safety technology. Many new vehicles are equipped with sophisticated electronic systems that are designed to detect pedestrians and cyclists and brake automatically to prevent a collision. However, tests have revealed that these systems are often ineffective. After putting pedestrian alert and automatic emergency braking systems to the test on a closed course, the American Automobile Association found that pedestrians in the roadway were struck 60% of the time even when the vehicles being tested were driven in ideal conditions and at only 20 mph.

Teen drunk driving is alarmingly common in Louisiana

A worrying one in 10 high school students in Louisiana routinely drive after consuming alcohol according to figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Researchers from a car insurance quote website analyzed data from the CDC's High School Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System to find out how prevalent teen drunk driving is in America, and they then ranked the 15 states where high school students are most likely to get behind the wheel while under the influence. Only Arkansas was ranked below Louisiana.

Americans under the age of 21 are not permitted to consume alcohol, but more than one in four teens in Louisiana regularly ignores the provisions of the National Minimum Legal Drinking Act. The CDC data reveals that 28.2% of teens in the Pelican State ride in a car driven by a drunk driver one or more times each month, and more than a third of them admit to drinking alcohol. The 10% of Louisiana teens who admit to drinking and driving on a regular basis is almost twice the national average of 5.5%.

Strategies to avoid being in a car accident

In 2018, there were roughly 40,000 traffic fatalities throughout the country. There were also 4.5 million traffic-related injuries, which meant that a person was hurt in a car crash every seven seconds on average. While car accidents can take a physical and emotional toll on Louisiana residents who are in one, there are ways to minimize the chances of being in one. For instance, it can be a good idea to keep at least one hand on the steering wheel while driving.

Ideally, an individual will keep two hands on the wheel while making a turn or avoiding an obstacle on the road. Furthermore, individuals should never drive after consuming alcohol or other impairing substances. Drunk driving kills about 10,000 people per year, and those who drive while impaired could go to jail or prison. Properly maintaining a vehicle could help to avoid rollover or other types of accidents.

Side guards would reduce number of dangerous truck accidents

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reported that 4,102 fatalities resulted from large truck crashes in Louisiana and across the country during 2017. The majority of the people who died were not riding in the large trucks involved but rather were other drivers, bicyclists or pedestrians. The most common fatality accidents involving large trucks happen when a person is crushed in the space between the front wheels and the rear wheels of the semi-truck.

Preventing side impacts with large trucks will lead to many lives being saved. One method that some are calling for is requiring truckers and trucking companies to install side guards on semi-trucks that have high clearance above the ground. Side guards were made mandatory in the United Kingdom, and cyclist deaths dropped by 61%, and pedestrian deaths dropped by 20%. The U.S. has been slow, though, to mandate side guards for large trucks.

Pedestrian safety is a priority in New Orleans

One beauty of living in New Orleans is that there are many places where you can walk. The downside is that drivers in the city aren't always as cautious as they should be when around pedestrians. It is up to everyone, including all drivers and pedestrians, to keep the roads safe.

Some areas of the city have higher rates of pedestrians. While some of these only allow limited vehicle traffic, there is still a chance of injuries when automobiles are allowed through them.

Drowsy driving may happen more often than you think

Drowsy driving is a growing concern that may cause many car accidents in the United States. Government estimates suggested that fatigued drivers were involved in two percent of accidents at the most. However, an AAA study found that drowsy driving might be involved in 9.5 percent of all accidents instead. Louisiana residents might like to know more about the hazards of drowsy driving.

If the findings from AAA are correct, drowsy driving would contribute to more car accidents than drunk driving. Like when impaired, a person has dulled reflexes and trouble focusing when driving while fatigued. Unlike drunk driving, there is no test that measures whether a driver was tired. This is one reason why the amount of drowsy driving crashes could be under-reported.

Subaru Crosstrek involved in more crashes than any other car

Insurify, the vehicle insurance comparison site with a database of more than 1.6 million insurance claims, has come out with a list of 10 vehicles that are involved in the most accidents in Louisiana and the rest of the U.S. At the top of the list is the Subaru Crosstrek.

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety had given the 2019 Crosstrek the highest possible safety grade. Fortunately, many of the accidents that the Crosstrek is involved in are minor. The vehicle is also fuel-efficient and not so costly. Still, Insurify called it the most accident-prone vehicle as 25.81% Crosstreks have been in accidents.

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