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Car Accidents Archives

Simple ways to avoid car accidents

Louisiana drivers will want to consider the following tips so that they can avoid car accidents in the future. After all, many accidents can arise out of one's own negligence. The first tip is to always concentrate on driving. Cell phone use of any kind, whether for calling, texting or surfing the web, is to be avoided while behind the wheel. Drivers should also refrain from eating, applying makeup, fiddling with their audio system and reaching into the backseat. Even letting one's mind wander is a form of distracted driving.

Summer leads to more car crashes and brain injuries

There are more car crashes in Louisiana and elsewhere during the summer than during any other time of the year. This is because school breaks and warm weather encourage more people to hit the road, which can lead to more collisions. Unfortunately, more car accidents mean more traumatic brain injuries.

July Fourth is among the deadliest holidays

Louisiana residents who are planning to do something special for the Fourth of July weekend should be careful on the road. According to Esurance and the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety, this holiday is the deadliest for American motorists. There are more fatal car crashes on Independence Day than on any other day; roughly 40 percent of all highway fatalities between 2007 and 2011 were caused by drunk drivers over the July Fourth weekend.

How new tech may reduce distractions for drivers

So many drivers in Louisiana are addicted to their smartphones that it may sound ironic to say new tech could provide a solution to distracted driving; however, there are several new devices that claim to do just that. It depends on whether individual drivers will use the technology. In a National Safety Council survey of 2,400 drivers across the U.S., 55 percent said they could keep safety devices engaged if they came pre-set on their vehicles.

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.

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.

Safety features may help drivers going in reverse

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.