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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.

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.

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.

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.

Traffic fatalities decrease slightly year over year

Louisiana motorists may be pleased to hear that a preliminary report released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicated that the total number of traffic deaths nationwide dropped by 1% during 2018. With a few exceptions, the number of car accident fatalities has declined steadily year over year for decades, but the data at the end of 2016 seemed to be cause for concern that U.S. roadways were growing more dangerous. Then 2017 saw a 2% drop in the number of traffic deaths and the NHTSA report suggests that a similar but smaller decline occurred in 2018.

Road safety groups call for stronger rear-seat regulations

Louisiana's seat belt laws are some of the toughest in the nation and require all passenger vehicle occupants to buckle up, but road safety advocacy groups say that even stricter regulations are required to protect rear-seat passengers. Advances in airbag and seat belt technology have greatly improved crash survivability for drivers and front-seat passengers, but these safety features do little to protect those seated in the rear of vehicles.

Teens' car crash risk goes up once they are licensed, says NIH

Louisiana residents should know that a teen driver's risk for a crash or near-miss actually goes up once drivers obtain their license. In a recent study from the National Institutes for Health and Virginia Tech University, 90 teens had their driving monitored from the time they had their learner's permit to their first full year as licensed drivers.

Even light rain increases fatal accident risks substantially

A recently published study suggests that motorists in Louisiana and around the country greatly underestimate the dangers of driving in rainy conditions. A team of researchers led by a data analyst from the North Carolina Institute for Climate Studies examined the prevailing weather conditions when 125,012 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred between 2006 and 2011, and they found that even light rain increased the chances of being involved in a deadly collision by 27%. The study was published on March 29 in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society.

Technologies aim to take drunk drivers off the road

Drunk driving is a scourge on the roads in Louisiana and across the country. This is why there have been so many efforts made to eliminate the behavior. Nevertheless, crashes related to drunk driving took 10,874 lives in the United States in 2017 alone, according to federal statistics. Now, Volvo is looking to help prevent drunk driving by installing autonomous technologies that could detect symptoms of intoxication and distraction behind the wheel.

Employer pressure a factor in distracted driving

Though distracted driving is a form of negligence, Louisiana residents should know that there are many reasons for it. The Travelers Companies, after surveying more than 2,000 consumers and executives, has been able to identify some of them in its 2019 Travelers Risk Index.

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