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Group aligns with tech company to reduce drunk driving accidents

Mothers Against Drunk Driving is a nonprofit organization that has advocated for years for tougher laws to help prevent further loss of life in senseless car crashes. Though it has entered into partnerships with various agencies to help educate drivers about the dangers of impaired driving, many Louisiana families have continued to experience the heartbreaking loss of loved ones to drunk driving accidents. Recently, the group announced a new partnership that may provide potential answers to the problem.

MADD formed a partnership with a company that produces 3-D sensor systems with real-time perception. This technology has a variety of uses, including for autonomous vehicles. The partnership aims to provide information on how self-driving technology can be an effective means to eliminate the possibilities of car crashes attributed to impaired or distracted driving. The group plans to hold a conference to help educate the public on the advantageous of an automated driving system, and a website focuses on the benefits of the technology that makes autonomous vehicles possible.

Louisiana working to eliminate distracted driving accidents

With the beginning of a new school year, Louisiana officials are hoping to get the word out about the need for motorists to be especially aware when approaching school zones. With school is in session, there is a significant increase in both pedestrian and vehicle traffic. It is the goal of state officials to eliminate the danger of students becoming victims of distracted driving accidents.

Personnel with the Capital Region Transportation Safety Coalition recently held a press conference with the purpose of educating motorists about the dangers of distracted of driving. According to recent reports, an estimated 30 drivers were cited for distracted driving in and around school zones since the beginning of August. The conference will highlight the dangers posed by using cell phones or other electronic devices while behind the wheel. Any use of a cell phone -- including talking -- while driving carries a risk of a driver becoming inattentive to the road.

What's behind the rise of trucking accidents?

A motor vehicle accident of any kind is generally a stressful event for those involved. Certain accidents can result in more significant losses for victims, especially when the outcome is serious injury, property damage or even fatality. Motorists can take precautions, but crashes still happen.

If you or someone you know here in Louisiana has ever been involved in an accident with a tractor-trailer, you know just how serious that kind of accident can be. The sheer size and weight of a big rig means that the results of the crash will likely be more significant than those involving another passenger vehicle are. In 2017, deaths due to truck accidents reached a 29-year high. Experts have ideas regarding why the number rose to that level and what motorists of all kinds can learn today.

Impairment suspected in motorcycle crash with serious injuries

Every year, law enforcement agencies in Louisiana -- and throughout the country -- launch safety campaigns warning motorists to be aware of the presence of motorcyclists. In addition, there are constant reminders about the dangers of driving while impaired. Sadly, these messages are not heeded by many motorists, and motorcyclists often pay the price by suffering serious injuries, or worse, caused by negligent drivers.

Louisiana State Police troopers recently responded to the scene of a serious crash involving four motorcyclists and two passenger vehicles. According to the preliminary report, a 63-year-old woman was headed west along Highway 84 around 1 a.m. For reasons that are yet unclear, her vehicle veered from its travel lane and collided with two motorcycles traveling in the eastbound lanes. That initial collision caused two trailing motorcyclists to wreck as well.

Man arrested after fatal accident kills woman, injures another

No matter how many stories are featured on the local news about the latest drunk driving crash, countless motorists continue to engage in dangerous behaviors. Sadly, those who suffer the most harm from an impaired driver's negligence tend to be innocent victims killed in a fatal accident simply by being on the road at the wrong time. A serious Louisiana car crash may forever change the lives of everyone involved.

State police were called to the scene of a fiery crash on a recent early Saturday morning. Officials stated that the driver believed to be responsible demonstrated signs of intoxication and purportedly admitted having ingested several alcoholic beverages before getting behind the wheel of his vehicle. In addition, officers found substances that appeared to be illegal narcotics on his person after the driver claimed to be in possession of cocaine.

3 dead in crash -- Police say negligent truck driver to blame

Traveling the highways throughout Louisiana and everywhere else can be a dangerous undertaking due to the heavy traffic and presence of commercial vehicles. The majority of motorists take precautions to ensure that they drive carefully to ensure their safety as well as that of their fellow travelers. Unfortunately, horrific accidents occur much too frequently and can often be attributed to the actions of a negligent truck driver.

Louisiana police recently responded to the scene of a tragic collision involving a small passenger car and an 18-wheeler. According to the preliminary report, the car, which was being driven by a 17-year-old female, was slowing down in preparation to navigate an upcoming turn. The driver of a tractor-trailer following the vehicle purportedly failed to take evasive measures to prevent an accident and the two vehicles collided.

Man charged with fatal accident going to trial

In one moment, on a March evening in Louisiana, the lives of several families were forever changed. A driver who admits he had been drinking caused a fatal accident that killed two people and seriously injured seven other victims. The man's case is now headed for trial after the prosecutor and defense could not reach an agreement.

According to the report, the 32-year-old man veered his car onto a bicycle path and struck several bicyclists before crashing about five-blocks further along. Two victims, a 27-year-old woman from New Orleans and a 31-year-old man from another state, were killed. Several people suffered serious injuries. A test administered several hours after the accident showed that the driver's blood alcohol level was .14.

How big of a problem is drowsy driving?

In today's busy world, sleep is often at a premium. Whether you put in long hours at work or have other time-consuming commitments, getting enough rest can be hard. But you are a cautious driver, so you avoid getting behind the wheel when you feel too tired. Unfortunately, not everyone takes those same precautions. This is perhaps because few people in Louisiana understand just how dangerous drowsy driving is.

Drowsy driving is exactly what it sounds like -- driving while overly sleepy or tired. A drowsy driver may have a slower reaction time than other drivers on the road. A particularly exhausted driver might even struggle to keep his or her eyes open. If you spend any amount of time on the road, particularly at times when sleep-deprived drivers might be on the road -- you are at risk for serious injury.

Trucker charged after what may be considered wrongful death

For those who ride motorcycles, the open road provides both freedom and peril. In spite of the caution an experienced rider may exercise, no amount of diligence can protect against the negligence or malice displayed by some motorists. One truck driver is facing charges in Louisiana after what may be considered the wrongful death of a motorcyclist.

According to several law enforcement eyewitnesses, a motorcyclist was driving his bike eastbound down a local road. Following closely behind the motorcyclist was a semi tractor hauling a tanker. Officers had responded to an earlier incident and witnessed the motorcyclist yelling at the trucker. As the officers attempted to wave the two vehicles over, the trucker purportedly accelerated and hit the rear tire of the bike repeatedly in quick succession.

Teenager confesses to driver negligence in fatal crash

One Louisiana family suffered the loss of a child just three years ago, and they have recently lost their mother. The child died of health complications, but the mother died in a preventable car accident. The accident is still under investigation, but the teenager involved in the crash has confessed to driver negligence. 

The crash occurred at night in an intersection. Per a witness, the victim's vehicle was stopped when an 18-year-old bound for Louisiana State University and driving 90 mph struck the mother's vehicle. The woman's vehicle burst into flames almost immediately after the crash, but the teenager continued to push her vehicle another 100 feet with his truck. Sadly, she died at the scene of the crash. 

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