Motor vehicle accidents impact the lives of thousands of Americans every year. When a car accident results in a personal injury or loss as the result of another driver's actions, it may be considered negligent driving by the court. However, determining whether a driver was negligent can be complicated, even if the injured driver or passenger feels that the case should be straightforward. A court will look at everything from the condition of the allegedly negligent driver's vehicle to whether the driver had both hands on the wheel at the time of the accident.
The National Institutes for Health and Virginia Tech University published the results of a study where researchers compared 90 teens' driving behaviors when they had a learner's permit and when they became licensed. Teens in Louisiana and their parents should know that the 90 participants were eight times more likely to crash during their first three months as licensed drivers than during their last three months with a permit.
Distracted driving, a widespread issue in Louisiana and elsewhere, was the subject of a new online study from the market research firm Wakefield Research. Nearly 2,000 drivers from across the nation responded to it. The results were recently shared by Root Insurance, a company known for providing insurance discounts to drivers who avoid phone use.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.