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.
At times, pedestrians are forced to put themselves in harm's way. Even if they are careful, the unpredictability of vehicles and their drivers on Louisiana roadways makes it difficult to avoid every hazard. Pedestrian vs. motor vehicle accidents often result in the victims suffering catastrophic injuries, particularly since they are virtually unprotected.
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.
A Louisiana driver's primary obligation to his or her passengers and others on the road is to maintain control of his or her vehicle and be aware of the road conditions and any potential obstacles. When a driver fails in any of those duties, disaster might follow. Sadly, any accident that results could involve catastrophic injuries.
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.
Most weekday mornings during the school year, children leave their homes for school. Louisiana parents expect their children to come home at the end of the day, but tragically, that is not always the case. Two teenage girls suffered catastrophic injuries in an accident that took their lives, and a third was seriously injured.
In some crashes, it is difficult to determine who was driving. This is usually the case when all of the occupants of the vehicle died in the car accident, and the placement of the bodies does not allow for an easy identification of the driver. This was most likely the case in a recent wreck that the Louisiana State Police are investigating.