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Thousands of truck accidents occur every year

Many people drive on Louisiana roads. Whether a driver is in a city or rural area, they need to abide by the traffic laws to ensure everyone's safety. This is especially true for truck drivers. If semi-trucks or other large vehicles are in accidents with cars, the results can be devastating for the drivers of the cars, which are smaller than large trucks.

There are many truck accidents every year. In 2015, there were 87,000 injury crashes, which was down slightly from 2014, when 88,000 accidents involved injuries. There were also 4,050 fatal accidents involving large trucks, which was a slight increase from 2014, when there were 3,749 fatal accidents. In 2015, there were about 342,000 accidents involving large trucks that only caused property damage.

When do car accidents happen most frequently?

Any time people drive in Louisiana, they are taking a risk. Chances are, they will get to their destination and back safely, but this is not guaranteed. There are other drivers on the road and people cannot control their actions. Even if they drive perfect, drivers could still end up in a car accident due to the negligence of others.

According to Louisiana State University, some times are more dangerous than others. Most accidents occur during rush hour in the evenings when there are more vehicles on the road. In 2017, the most likely hour to get in an accident is between 5 and 6 in the evening, when 1,738 accidents that involve injury or death have occurred. The hour with the fewest accidents is between 4 and 5 in the morning (234 accidents).

Helping one through the loss of a loved one

No one in Louisiana will live forever. At some point, everyone will pass away. The hope is that one is able to live a long, full life and pass at an old age during their sleep. Unfortunately, that does not happen to everyone. Many people die far too young in fatal accidents. Losing a loved one is never easy, but losing a loved one suddenly, with no warning or time to prepare, is extremely difficult.

The initial reaction generally is one of emotional grief, but if that loved one also earned a significant portion of the income, the family may soon also face financial issues. These financial issues can be both short- and long-term issues, but the added stress is definitely not needed, as people are grieving.

Rules for boating in Louisiana

There is a lot of water in around Louisiana and many people enjoy boating every day. It can be a great recreational activity. Boats are also involved in the commerce in the area and transport goods and people in and out of the ports. Boating for the most part is a safe activity, but if rules are not followed and people are not paying attention, it can also lead to serious accidents. Some of these boating accidents also result in serious injuries to the people involved in them.

To help ensure the safety of all boaters, there are rules boaters must follow while they are on the water. These rules include, but are not limited to, boats which are passing each other head on must keep to their respective rights, when making right angle turns the boat on the left yields to the boat on the right, motor boats must keep in a straight path when passing sail boats, boats arriving a landing dock must yield to those departing, the boat that does not have a right away in a situation must slow down and reverse allowing the boat with the right away to pass, boats must follow speed and wake regulations, they must have proper warning devices for foggy conditions and many others.

Safety fitness standards for trucking companies

There are many trucks on Louisiana roads. They are effective at transporting a large number of items. They are vital for getting products into people's hands and vital for the economy. However, they are also much larger than most other vehicles on the road and can cause great damage to other vehicles on the road, if they are in accidents. Often, truck accidents also result in serious injuries to the people in the other vehicles.

Because of this increased danger, the government regulates the industry and requires a higher standard of care for the drivers and trucking companies than for the average motorist. Each trucking company must meet a safety fitness standard. The standard is there to ensure that the companies have adequate management to ensure that the company is following the various safety standards.

What can be done after being injured in a hit-and-run?

There is a reason that there are so many traffic laws in Louisiana. They keep motorists safe, but they are effective only when people follow them. But, people routinely violate these laws and sometimes, car accidents occur as a result. In some accidents, people suffer injuries. That is why it is also a law that people have insurance and are required to stop and exchange information.

Unfortunately, people do not always follow this rule. These are commonly called, hit-and-run accidents. This leaves the victim in a difficult position because they may not know whom to contact to receive compensation for their injuries.

Who can initiate a wrongful death lawsuit in Louisiana?

Motor vehicles have been one of the more important inventions for people in Louisiana. The majority of people not only own motor vehicles, but also now rely on them to get through life. These use them to drive to work, school, go shopping, to visit family and friends and for many other tasks. This means that there are many vehicles on the roads every day, and unfortunately, there are also many accidents as well.

These accidents do not result in major damage or injuries, but sometimes, they are fatal accidents and people lose loved ones. This is never easy, but it can be even more difficult when it happens unexpectedly and in many instances, could have been avoided. In addition to the emotional pain caused by fatal accidents, it can also cause financial problems, if the victim provided a significant income for the family.

Drinking and boating can result in criminal charges and accidents

Many people in Louisiana own boats or know people who do. Boating can be a fun way to relax on the water for people of all ages. However, boats are not simply toys for people's amusement. They need to be controlled and driven correctly; otherwise, the boater is putting both themselves and others on the water in danger. That is why it can be dangerous to operate a boat while intoxicated.

Not only can it lead to boating accidents, it is also illegal and can lead to criminal charges. It is illegal for anyone over 21 to operate a boat with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) over .08, and it is illegal for anyone under 21 to operate a boat with a BAC over .02. If a person is caught doing so, they face up to six months in prison and a $1,000 fine. They could also lose their driver's license in addition to their ability to operate a boat as well.

Law proposes lower speed limits to prevent truck accidents

Understandably, Louisiana drivers must be aware of the dangers of large trucks on the road. These vehicles are frequently moving at high speed and travel long distances. Sometimes, a truck company has drivers who flout the laws and rules of operation. When there is a truck accident, their sheer size leads to significant injuries and fatalities. Law enforcement and legislators are constantly trying to find ways to reduce the danger of a trucking accident. One lawmaker is pushing a change to the law that would require vehicles above a certain size to reduce their speed by 10 mph when on the interstate.

The vehicles that are part of this proposed law are trucks, trailers, semi-trailers and school buses. The goal is to make the roads safer. The statistics for a truck accident do not make clear that this strategy will be an overall solution to the dangers of trucks on the road. The lawmaker who proposed the law is researching the link between speed and truck accidents.

Louisiana is second for prevalence of a distracted driver

Distracted driving is an issue across the nation and statistics are accumulated to determine how dangerous and common it truly is. A recent study has found that Louisiana is second in the U.S., in terms of drivers using their phones while driving. This information came via an app that lets its users see how frequently their family members are using their phones while driving.

Highway officials in the state say that the practice has reached the level of being a "dangerous epidemic." With April being Distracted Driving Awareness Month, drivers are warned to pay attention to the road. On average, Louisiana drivers use their phones 2.4 times each time they drive. This is approximately a 20 percent rise from the national average.

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