In Louisiana, where we get battered by heavy rains, the possibility of hydroplaning is a significant danger for drivers. It happens when drivers hit standing water in the road. The vehicle's tires are no longer on the road's surface, which can make steering the car or controlling it in any way virtually impossible. Hydroplaning often sends drivers into a panic, which only exacerbates the situation.
It took seven months, but Louisiana State Police have arrested and jailed a man for causing a fatal car crash this March in Metairie. The crash killed an 88-year old man.
We usually associate distracted driving with texting and talking on the phone. However, a recent study of 30 new model cars found that the elaborate bells and whistles common in 2017 vehicles can be dangerously distracting.
Unfortunately, some drivers simply cannot seem to stay off their phones, even when their driving through marked school zones during the school year. About one in three drivers engage in texting and other unsafe behaviors even in these zones.
A Meraux, Louisiana, man was killed over Labor Day weekend when his motorcycle hit the back of a Nissan Titan truck. The 31-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene on LA 23 in Belle Chasse.
The dangers of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in those who drive trucks and operate trains have been widely reported. One physician with the Harvard School of Public Health noted last year, "Drivers with untreated obstructive sleep apnea who were noncompliant with treatment had a five-fold increase in the risk of serious preventable crashes."
We all know about the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol. However, new research has found that driving over the speed limit causes almost as many fatal vehicle accidents as drunk driving does.
A study was carried out to see where the rudest drivers were located, and it put Louisiana in the top five.
A police car in Louisiana was parked while the officer pulled over another driver. A third vehicle allegedly came up behind the two and rear-ended that squad car. The officer does not appear to have been injured, but an 11-year-old child was hurt.
A motorcycle and a car collided in Louisiana, and the driver of the motorcycle was killed. He was just 32 years old, according to reports, and the accident happened at about 10 minutes before two o'clock on a Saturday morning.