Beginning in May 2018, all new cars in the United States will be required to have backup cameras. Some automakers have also added rear automatic braking systems as well as rear sensors. The goal is to prevent property damage and loss of life in Louisiana and elsewhere. These features were put to the test by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The tests looked at how well the vehicles did at reducing their speed and avoiding collisions with the help of these safety systems.
Since the early '90s, April 20 has been a self-proclaimed holiday for marijuana users. Therefore, it's not surprising that car crash rates increase around that date. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, marijuana use can impair driving skills. Drivers in Louisiana will want to know more about the connection between the holiday and nationwide crash rates.
According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, drowsiness may be contributing to more than 10 percent of car accidents across America. This runs counter to previous statistics, though it has long been held that such statistics come with their own limitations. Louisiana drivers will want to know what these are.
Louisiana motorists have probably encountered distracted drivers more than once on the road, and perhaps they themselves are distracted from time to time. Smartphones are apparently to blame for most distractions. A survey from Consumer Reports shows that 52 percent of drivers with smartphones have used them to text, send emails, watch videos, and surf the internet while behind the wheel.
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.
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.
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.
Drivers in Louisiana have reason to be concerned about safety when taking to the roads due to the prevalence of car accidents. The number of auto crashes that take place each year has continued to grow, escalating in both 2015 and 2016. There are about 6 million car crashes that take place each year across the United States. Understanding the cause of accidents can help to prevent future crashes and even lower the overall rate. Researchers are working to study the reasons for the crashes through both detailed investigation and the use of technology.
Intersections can be a point of trouble for Louisiana drivers on the roadway; these conjunctions of major roads can be common sites for car accidents. Some types of accidents common at intersections have been fatal or led to a number of serious injuries. This is one reason why traffic engineers have advocated for the construction of a greater number of roundabouts to manage traffic at popular intersections.
Drivers in Louisiana are likely aware of the danger of impaired driving, but the question is whether they have done everything they can to prevent those closest to them from engaging in it. It's a position that most people across the U.S. are familiar with, which is why the Trump administration has declared December 2017 National Impaired Driving Prevention Month.