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Distracted driving is both prevalent and dangerous

There are many ways in which a person can become distracted while driving in Louisiana and across the country. According to a study from Zendrive, distracted driving rose in each area in which data was collected and analyzed. The research also found that motorists may engage in dangerous activities behind the wheel while also portraying themselves as safe drivers. Overall, 90 percent of respondents said that they considered themselves to be in that category.

IIHS: newer pickups less safe for passengers than drivers

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has been crash-testing modern two-row pickup trucks for passenger safety, and their results may be discouraging to many Louisiana residents. It turns out that passengers in these pickups are more likely to suffer injury or death than the drivers.

Pedestrian deaths for 2018 may be highest since 1990

A new report from the Governors Highway Safety Association estimates that 6,227 pedestrians were killed in the U.S. in 2018, which is an increase of 250 people from 2017 and the highest that the number has been since 1990. Louisiana residents should know that from 2009 to 2018, the number of pedestrian deaths has jumped 51.5 percent and now accounts for 16 percent of all road fatalities.

Speeding behind nearly one third of traffic deaths

The Governors Highway Safety Association has a report out showing that excessive speed is behind nearly one in three automobile-related fatalities. It expresses concern over the persistence of speeding as a factor in crashes, pointing out that it is considered "culturally acceptable" among many drivers in Louisiana and across the U.S. In other words, speeding does not come with a stigma like DUI or driving without a seatbelt does.

Drowsy drivers plague ridesharing industry

The ridesharing industry in Louisiana and across the U.S. is facing a problem of drowsy drivers. Many drivers, compelled by low fares and salary incentives, choose to work even when they are drowsy. Since most are independent contractors, they are never screened for conditions like obstructive sleep apnea that can reduce their alertness even more.

Seatbelts may reduce severity of liver injuries

Every year in Louisiana and across the U.S., motor vehicle accidents lead to tens of thousands of fatalities and 2 million emergency room visits. Many of the injuries are caused by blunt abdominal trauma, and the liver and spleen are the two most commonly injured organs. While spleens can be removed in an emergency, livers cannot, so it's important to prevent injuries to them as much as possible.

When pedestrians are injured on interstate highways

Over 10 percent of fatal pedestrian accidents in Louisiana and across the U.S. take place on interstate highways. Injuries are also frequent, but pedestrians who believe their injuries were due to the negligence of the driver may be able to file a claim against that person's auto insurance company. It's possible to file a claim against state or federal agencies for failing to exercise reasonable care toward the users of the highway.

Traffic accidents a leading cause of death

Louisiana residents should be aware that traffic accidents are now the eighth leading cause of death for people of all ages worldwide. For children and young adults between five and 29 years old, traffic accidents are the first leading global cause of death. Accidents are especially dangerous when they involve pedestrians, motorcyclists and cyclists. Globally, only 29 percent of traffic-related deaths are car occupants.

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.