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Motorcycle accidents: 1 dead in Louisiana

A 30-year-old woman is in custody following an accident that claimed the life of a motorcyclist on the early morning of Feb. 2. Motorcycle accidents of this type are often fatal, and therefore are carefully reviewed by Louisiana law enforcement. So far, the woman faces multiple charges, including vehicular homicide, but no court date has been publicly announced at this time. 

According to the accident report, around 1 a.m., the woman negotiated a turn onto Highway 16 when the accident occurred. Apparently, her SUV collided with a motorcycle driven by a 25-year-old man and carrying a 27-year-old female passenger. The force of the impact ejected both the driver and passenger from the motorcycle. 

Motorcycle accidents: 1 arrested after fatal crash in Louisiana

Although motorcycles are smaller than other vehicles and thus more difficult to spot, drivers still have a duty to watch out for oncoming bikes before making a left turn. Those who turn into the path of a rider can create an unfortunate scenario, as motorcycle accidents run a greater risk of proving deadly. A woman has been arrested and is now facing multiple charges following a recent crash that killed one person and left another with severe injuries in Louisiana.

Law enforcement agents received reports of the crash at around 1 a.m. on a recent Saturday. According to reports, the accident occurred when a northbound driver attempted to turn left across southbound lanes. She reportedly turned directly into the path of an oncoming motorcycle, and the driver of the bike was unable to stop in time to avoid collision.

Will a drunk driver threaten your safety this Superbowl Sunday?

On Feb. 3, millions of football fans nationwide, including many in Louisiana will have their Superbowl Sunday parties planned. Sadly, many of them will not arrange for designated drivers, taxis or ride shares to get home without risking the lives of others when they are impaired. That is something that any driver should do before he or she takes the first drink. One drunk driver can cause injuries and death to his or her passengers as well as others in or near the roadway.

The legal age for drinking alcohol in Louisiana is 21, and the allowed blood alcohol level for people over 21 is limited to .08 percent while those younger than 21 whose BAC is as low as .02 percent can face drunk driving charges. Despite these measures, drunk drivers cause fatalities and severe injuries on Louisiana highways every day. Of course, the risk for others is exacerbated during the holidays and on days of celebrations and occasions such as Superbowl Sunday.

Distraction: A common cause of serious collision in Louisiana

It is not so much a question of whether you are sharing a Louisiana road with a negligent driver as it is whether you will avoid collision and safely arrive to your destination. Chances are, at some point, there will be a negligent driver in your midst if you frequently travel by motor vehicle. Distracted driving is highly problematic in this state and most others.

Distractions can place you and your passengers, other motorists, and pedestrians at risk for serious injuries or death. You might be cautious and alert behind the wheel; however, all it takes for disaster to strike is a nearby driver to look down at a cell phone, reach for something in a glove compartment, or become lost in his or her thoughts for a mere second or two. Driver distraction is a form of negligence for which the court can hold the person responsible legally accountable for his or her actions.

Car accidents: Chain-reaction crash kills 1, injures several

Tailgating is a concern for many drivers, and those who follow closely behind other vehicles may leave little room for error. Many rear-end car accidents occur when drivers are unable to react to a sudden slow in traffic, and each of these incidents runs the risks of placing the safety of those involved in jeopardy. One person has died and several others were injured following a recent chain-reaction collision in Louisiana.

The accident reportedly took place on a recent Thursday night as the driver of a truck attempted to slow down to make a left turn. As the truck was slowing down, it was suddenly struck from behind by another vehicle. The force of the initial impact pushed the truck into the opposite lane, where it was struck by a third vehicle.

Car accidents: Rear-end crash injures 2, kills 1 in Louisiana

There may be few things as scary and stressful as being involved in a major collision. Car accidents can be nerve-wracking incidents that may leave everyone involved with serious injuries, and in some cases, a collision could even prove fatal. Three individuals were taken to a hospital following a multiple-vehicle collision that ultimately led to the death of one person in Louisiana.

Law enforcement agents responded to reports of a multiple-vehicle accident just after 11 a.m. on a recent Tuesday. According to reports, a driver was attempting to stop at a traffic light when his or her vehicle was suddenly struck from behind by another car. The initial impact subsequently prompted a chain-reaction crash involving as many as six vehicles in total.

Car accidents: 1 killed in bicycle-related crash

While many cyclists understand the hazards they might face while out on the road, it can be difficult to be fully prepared to respond to the actions of a negligent driver. If a fast-moving vehicle suddenly veers into the path of a cyclist, the results can be disastrous, as car accidents involving cyclist can prove deadly. A crash involving a motor vehicle and bicycle in Louisiana has reportedly claimed the life of a 32-year-old man.

The incident reportedly took place as the man was out riding his bike on a recent Tuesday night. According to reports, the driver of an oncoming vehicle suddenly shifted into the opposite lane to pass another car, and in doing so, drifted directly into the path of the cyclist, striking him in the process. The cyclist reportedly suffered critical injuries in the crash and he was pronounced dead at the scene soon thereafter.

Your whiplash injury may be worse than you think

Whiplash is one of the most common car accident injuries, yet people often underestimate how serious this type of injury can be. If you are suffering from this type of injury after a motor vehicle accident, you know how painful and debilitating it is. Whiplash can lead to months of painful symptoms and debilitating side effects.

This type of injury occurs when a person's head moves rapidly back and forth in a whipping motion. This is often the way the body reacts in a collision. It is a neck injury, but it can also lead to a range of issues that affect other parts of the body, and a person who has this type of injury may need extensive medical attention.

Car accidents: Collision involving moped kills rider

While moped riders have the same rights to the road as drivers of other vehicles, they may face hazards that are unique to their choice of vehicle, such as an inherent reduction in visibility. Drivers who fail to spot a moped could create a dangerous scenario, and car accidents involving similar vehicles can have catastrophic results. A recent accident in Louisiana has reportedly claimed the life of a 56-year-old moped rider.

According to the Louisiana State Police, the accident took place at around 10 p.m. on a recent Tuesday. For reasons unknown, the driver of a westbound vehicle suddenly struck a moped from behind, causing the rider to be ejected off the moped and into a nearby ditch. Although the rider was reportedly wearing a helmet at the time, he or she suffered fatal injuries in the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Car accidents: 1 killed, 2 injured in multiple-vehicle crash

Failing to check the blind spot before changing lanes can be a hazardous decision. Car accidents that take place when a driver merges lanes and strikes another vehicle can have disastrous results. One person died and two others suffered major injuries in a recent crash that took place under similar circumstances in Louisiana.

According to reports, the collision took place just before noon on a recent Friday as the driver of a car was attempting to pass another vehicle. While attempting to make the pass, the driver of the second vehicle suddenly veered into the left lane and struck the passing car, subsequently forcing both vehicles to cross into oncoming lanes. The driver of a third vehicle was unable to react in time to avoid collision and struck the side of one of the cars soon thereafter.

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