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Important safety tips for winter driving

As soon as winter rolls in, Louisiana drivers need to start thinking about winter driving safety. Life-altering collisions can happen in the blink of an eye, and drivers must be ready for anything that comes their way. With a bit of foresight and some diligence, most drivers should be able to stay safe during the coldest months of the year.

Darker streets could put pedestrians in danger

Daylight saving time ended in Louisiana and most other parts of the United States on Nov. 4. This means that drivers must contend with a lack of sunlight and glare from streetlights during their evening commutes. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), 75 percent of traffic deaths occur after the sun goes down. In Los Angeles, the number of pedestrian deaths increased to 137 in 2017 from 74 in 2015.

More states look at tackling distracted driving

According to TrueMotion, a company that works with insurance companies to monitor the behavior of drivers, around 18 percent of Louisiana motorists use their phones for apps and texting while behind the wheel. This is on the higher end for U.S. states. Like most other states, Louisiana prohibits texting while driving.

Distracted driving and car accidents

Distracted driving is a major cause of serious accidents in Louisiana. In fact, a recent study by AAA found that distracted driving is the most significant contributor to accidents in the United States. While many people believe that they are immune to such accidents, the risk continues to rise.

Reckless driver kills motorcyclist in Louisiana

A 39-year-old man was killed on the morning of Sept 12 when his motorcycle struck a minivan being driven recklessly according to the Louisiana State Police. The man behind the wheel of the minivan has been cited for failing to yield, but reports suggest that the investigation is ongoing and further charges may be filed. Police are said to be waiting for the results of toxicology tests performed on both drivers to reveal whether or not drug use or alcohol consumption could have played a role.

Liability for bicycle accidents in Louisiana

Liability for accidents between cars and bicycles comes down to the question of who was negligent. In most cases, both parties are at fault to some degree, but fault must be determined based on state and local traffic laws. Both drivers and cyclists have what is called the duty to exercise ordinary care regarding their safety and the safety of others on the road.

Autonomous technology could make motorcycles safer

Motorcyclists around the country are killed 28 times more often than passenger vehicle occupants according to figures from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Automobile parts suppliers and technology companies are working to make motorcycles safer, and some of the autonomous electronic systems that many of the latest cars, pickup trucks and SUVs are equipped with may soon be available for Louisiana residents who prefer to travel on two wheels instead of four.

Summer sees higher risk for distracted driving

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that there's a 20 percent increase in the number of miles traveled every summer. This makes sense because more people are out on vacations and holiday celebrations. At the same time, NHTSA states that the months of June, July and August witness a 29 percent increase in the number of road deaths. Louisiana residents may wonder what the main factor behind it is.According to the Travelers Institute, that main factor is distracted driving. During its newly launched Every Second Matters™ event, which took place on Capitol Hill back in June, Travelers referred to some recent data from the smartphone telematics platform TrueMotion.