Advanced safety systems could help drivers in Louisiana and elsewhere in the country experience fewer accidents. While such technology is promising, it's not yet widely used. This may be one of the reasons why U.S. traffic-related deaths have topped the 40,000 mark for the third year in a row according to the National Safety Council. Traffic fatalities did dip slightly from the previous year although there was a small uptick in serious crash injuries over the same period.
Drowsy driving is almost unavoidable for most drivers in Louisiana, even when they have the best intentions. Part of the reason is a lack of comprehensive public transit systems, but a lot has to do with human negligence. Many do not get the recommended seven hours of sleep every night, nor do they grasp the proper value of sleep.
It's generally recognized that most new drivers in Louisiana can improve their skills with practice. The same rule applies to drivers diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. However, a recent analysis of 2.3 million adult drivers with ADHD in the U.S. shows that medication prescribed for this neurodevelopmental disorder could help against the perils of distracted driving. Medication along with behavioral therapy may assist these drivers with judgment calls and impulse control, which are two common symptoms of ADHD.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.