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January 2018 Archives

Unsafe truck loading procedures are a major hazard to motorists

More freight is moved by truck across Louisiana and the United States than any other mode of transportation. In fact, there are approximately 15 million trucks operating on American roads, with each carrying up to 80,000 pounds. Therefore, making sure those loads are secure is a major component of highway safety. Improperly loaded trailers are a leading cause of trucking accidents and a common denominator in many rollover incidents. While erratic driving is obvious to motorists, negligently loaded freight is a hazard hidden potentially inside a locked trailer traveling in the next lane.

How to report an accident in a timely manner

If a Louisiana resident gets into a car accident, that person has a decision to make as to whether to report it. In some cases, the damage to the vehicle is roughly equal to the deductible on that driver's insurance policy. That may result in a driver paying the cost of repairs and dealing with increased auto insurance premiums. However, a driver may want to report the accident even if it was not his or her fault.

Speed main culprit for increased traffic deaths

Traffic deaths have increased in the United States in recent years, and many theories have been proposed as to why that is. According to a study from the National Transportation Safety Board, excessive speed is to be blamed for the increase. The study found that 31 percent of all traffic fatalities were caused by accidents involving excessive speed on the road. This translates to 112,580 deaths in Louisiana and elsewhere between 2005 and 2014.

Driving with large trucks

Like other drivers around the country, drivers in Louisiana may not enjoy having to drive next to a large commercial rig like an 18-wheeler. However, there are steps that drivers can take to make sharing the road with large trucks safer and more comfortable for everyone on the road.

Car crashes can be avoided by following the right of way

For drivers in Louisiana, it can be particularly important to keep the right of way in mind when on the road. Failure-to-yield laws determine which driver entering an intersection, roundabout or other driving situation have the right to proceed first while driving. Having a clear understanding of which vehicle is entitled to pass can be very important in avoiding devastating car accidents as well as traffic tickets and moving violations.