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April 2018 Archives

Driving in bright sunlight

Drivers in Louisiana are frequently affected by weather conditions. Drivers may make poor decisions while operating a vehicle during snowstorms and rainstorms. However, sunny weather also poses safety hazards to drivers because the sun's glare can blind a driver. A driver experiencing temporary vision impairment caused by bright sunlight can easily cause a car crash. In 2017, a study revealed that early morning sunlight causes more car accidents than during other times of the day.

Maritime protections provided by the Jones Act

Louisiana residents who work as Merchant Marines should be familiar with the Merchant Marines Act of 1920, also known as the Jones Act. The legislation provides various protections for mariners who sustain injuries while at sea as maritime law does not allow them to qualify for workers' compensation.

Autonomous vehicles and human behavior

Louisiana drivers concerned about road safety when they are sharing the roads with autonomous vehicles should be aware that the cars may not be very safe due to their programming that compels them to drive as humans would. These findings come from a computer science professor who conducts research that is sponsored by both the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Standards and Technology that addresses cyber-physical systems designs created to ensure how the systems will behave.

Traffic survey suggests a sharp increase in distracted driving

A recent survey suggests that the number of drivers who talk on the phone while behind the wheel is skyrocketing. Ironically, the survey also says nearly all of the respondents recognize distracted driving as a significant road hazard. An increase in distracted drivers on the road can have grave consequences across Louisiana.