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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.

Smartphones considered a factor in rise of pedestrian fatalities

Louisiana motorists and pedestrians may be interested to learn that distracted driving could be a major factor in the increase in the number of pedestrian fatalities. While overall traffic fatalities have risen by 11 percent since 2009, pedestrian fatalities have increased by 46 percent in the same time period.

Common causes of motorcyclists getting hit

It is a great fear of motorcyclists: Getting hit and injured by another vehicle. Unfortunately, this nightmare situation ends up being a reality for far too many motorcyclists here in Louisiana. Serious and potentially fatal injuries can come out of such crashes.