With an ever-increasing amount of traffic on Louisiana roads each day, many individuals choose to travel via bicycle. While cyclists have many of the same rights to the road as drivers of motor vehicles, they inherently have less in the way of available protection and are thus at greater risk of suffering harm should an accident occur. Recent reports suggest that one of the most common threats to the safety of cyclists is inattention on the part of other drivers, and distracted driving accidents can have catastrophic results.
Although a dangerous collision can take place under a variety of circumstances, some tend to be more prevalent than others. Distracted driving accidents are far too common and have the potential to cause serious harm to the health of everyone involved. A recent motor vehicle accident involving a possibly distracted driver has claimed the lives of two individuals in Louisiana.
One of the rights of passage for the nation's youth is obtaining that license to drive. However, with that privilege comes more responsibility than many youngsters appreciate. With the constant advances in technology, there are more temptations than ever that can lead to a distracted driver accident. Louisiana families have witnessed firsthand the devastation these wrecks can cause.
Media sources are often filled with accounts of serious accidents and the resulting injuries along with property damage. In Louisiana, many of these accidents are caused by a distracted driver. These wrecks often take a terrible toll on the lives of the individuals involved.
Though automotive insurance costs remained fairly steady for several years after the economic downturn in 2008, the rates have recently started to climb. While there are several reasons for the increases, one of the most cited factors is the increased occurrences of distracted driving accidents. Louisiana drivers are experiencing some of the sharpest rises in both costs and wrecks.
When asked to name the most common things that lead to a distracted driver, Louisiana residents would probably list the most commonly thought of source first, the cell phone and associated text messaging. Reaching for that phone or other objects, adjusting temperature or radio controls, and eating and drinking are other actions that lead to distraction. But a recent accident on a Louisiana highway apparently caused by a distracted driver brought to light a cause that would rarely be considered a distraction -- a conversation with a passenger.
Serious accidents often occur as a result of a person's decision to drive while distracted. For instance, some drivers choose to text while behind the wheel. If an individual is injured in Louisiana by a distracted driver, he or she has the right to seek legal recourse.
In today's fast-paced world, people naturally find themselves connected to their smartphones everywhere they go - even in the car. This is not so much a problem for car passengers, but it is a major problem for drivers who have trouble resisting the urge to check out that latest text or take a call. Unfortunately, even if you are the safest of drivers, should you encounter a distracted driver on the roadway, you could be at high risk of an accident or even a fatal crash.
In some states, cars and pedestrians can mix fairly safely. In others, however, the risk of being injured in an accident as a pedestrian, is high. Based on traffic accident data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Louisiana is in the top 10 most dangerous states for pedestrians in the United States. Louisiana is number five on the list, making it the fifth most dangerous state for pedestrians.
A program in Louisiana known as Choices seeks to share the message with students that all choices come with price tags. For instance, a car wreck may be the consequence of driving while texting or engaging in other distracted driving activities behind the wheel. As part of the Choices program, speakers share their stories about the losses they have experienced as a result of distracted driving.