Police officers are only allowed to break traffic laws under certain circumstances. For instance, running red lights is authorized with lights and sirens, but officers are still obligated to make sure that the intersection is clear before proceeding in order to avoid a car accident. If an officer is simply on patrol and not responding to a call, he or she must follow the same rules as every other Louisiana driver.
Emergency responders were recently called to a portion of Interstate 220 in northern Louisiana where a crash involving three vehicles occurred at approximately 7:45 a.m. during the morning commute. That section of the roadway was closed while police investigated the car accident. Numerous motorists were delayed during the closure.
Around 8 p.m. on a recent Wednesday night, the Louisiana State Police received a call regarding a crash on U.S. 190. Upon arrival, it was determined that a car had run into the back of an 18-wheeler. The car accident ultimately ended with the death of a passenger in the car.
April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. The Louisiana Highway Safety Commission (LHSC) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) set aside this month to remind and educate drivers of the dangers of distracted driving. Anyone who has ever been seriously injured or lost a loved one in a car accident might agree that if these efforts prevent even one unnecessary accident, then it was worth it.
It may mystify Louisiana residents that there can be such a large disparity between the injuries suffered by individuals involved in an accident. The same car accident that takes the life of one individual can also result in another person suffering moderate or serious -- but survivable -- injuries. If the impact is forceful enough, even being properly restrained will fail to save a life.
Young drivers in Louisiana often believe that they are paying sufficient attention to their surroundings and the obstacles on the roadway. Only after driving for years, however, will a driver learn what a vehicle can and cannot do under certain circumstances. For instance, experience tells drivers whether they have enough room to pull out into traffic without cutting off another vehicle and causing a car accident.
Louisiana drivers are conditioned to be on the lookout for obstacles on the highways and bridges across the state. However, no matter how prepared a driver may be, coming up on a stopped vehicle in your lane of travel can cause some measure of panic. If a driver is unable to avoid an impending collision, the resulting car accident could result in catastrophic injuries.
Sadly, too many Louisiana residents know that, in mere seconds, life can change forever. The aftermath of a fatal car accident can alter the structure of a family in ways that may not be measured for years to come. Recently, a family of four became a family of two in what may have been the blink of an eye.
Anytime a death occurs in a collision, toxicology samples are taken from all of the drivers involved to determine whether impairment was a contributing factor. A recent four-car accident on Louisiana Highway 342 was no exception. One man lost his life in the crash, which is still under investigation.
Maintaining control of a vehicle is the primary objective of every Louisiana driver on the road. When a person is unable to perform this function adequately, a car accident can result. Depending on the severity of the crash, lives can be lost and injuries suffered.