When it comes to car accidents, Halloween is the scariest night for pedestrians in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Across the country, Halloween, October 31, is the deadliest night of the year for pedestrians. On a night of the year when normally quiet residential neighborhoods see the sidewalks full of trick-or-treaters, pedestrians and drivers need to take extra care and be aware of their surroundings. For parents of young children, it is probably a good time to review rules on crossing the street.
October 2011 Archives
Over the last few years, state lawmakers and law enforcement departments across the country have passed laws and raised awareness to prevent car accidents caused by distracted driving. Just as it seems progress has been made on the issue, new technology developments like voice-activated systems may challenge the effectiveness of current distracted driving laws.
To prevent deadly car accidents police departments around Louisiana are stepping up their enforcement of distracted driving laws. Last year three new laws were passed by the state legislature that address the increased use of cellphones while behind the wheel. Residents of Baton Rouge and other communities should adjust the use of their phones while behind the wheel in the interest of their safety and the safety of other motorists on the road.
When you go camping in Louisiana, how often do you think about the threat of dangerous animals, and do you also think about whether a state authority may have the duty to warn you about animals that pose a threat to you and other campers? One of the central subjects of a wrongful death suit involving a black bear was whether the state had a duty to warn people of the dangerous bear in the area.
Teen drivers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana are like teen drivers from other parts of the state and across the country -- they have to learn how to drive by doing. Some graduated driver's licensing laws try to provide parental guidance and a mix of driving experiences before teens drive on their own, but eventually teens go it alone. Once teens are by themselves behind the wheel the risk of getting into car accidents can increase.
Often motorists are more comfortable sharing the road with large semis and trucks instead of bicyclists because some drivers believe bicyclists should not travel on the road. Bicyclists like motorists are entitled to travel on the road, so the next time you see a bicyclist cycling on the street be sure to share the space. Yesterday, a fatal bicycle and truck accident occurred in Lafayette, Louisiana.
The consequences of distracted driving not only affect drivers but also put other users of the road in Lafayette, Lake Charles and Baton Rouge at risk. Last Thursday a commercial bus crashed into a truck accident causing 41 people to be sent to the hospital. Three passengers aboard the bus believe the crash may have been caused by distracted driving.
Drinking and driving kills and alcohol-related car accidents are no stranger to the streets and highways of Louisiana. According to CBS News, Louisiana has the fifth highest rate of drinking and driving incidents in the United States with 728 episodes of drinking and driving per 1,000 population. Over the years, law enforcement and government officials have run public campaigns to reduce drinking and driving numbers. According to a recent report the tough economy may have also contributed to lower incidents of drunken driving over the last year.
We write a lot about car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, the causes of all of these types of accidents, and ways to help prevent accidents. One time per year the state of Louisiana releases statistics on accidents that occur in the state. It is from yearly statistics that government officials determine whether their policies help improve motorist safety. According to the most recent report, the policies of late have improved safety on Louisiana roads and highways.