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Study finds drivers just can't stay off of their cellphones

Some of our readers in Louisiana may have seen a recent post here, which discussed the potential issue that safety features in newer vehicles may actually be a distraction for drivers. Distracted driving is a problem that is plaguing the entire country. Our state is not immune to the devastating consequences, which can be associated with a car accident that is caused by a distracted driver. But, even if safety features in new cars are distracting, we all know what the main cause of distracted driving is: cellphones.

Safety features in cars can be distracting

These days, many of our readers have probably noticed that the debate about distracted driving and what to do about it is becoming unavoidable, which is a good thing. Each year thousands of Americans are injured or die in car accidents that were caused by distracted drivers and, as a result, legislators and politicians are doing their best to enact laws and policies that will help bring down the number of these accidents that occur. But, what about the car companies? Are their efforts to make cars safer actually making distracted driving worse?

Obtaining compensation after a car accident in Louisiana

Chances are that many of our readers have been involved in a "fender-bender" before. However, there are some car accidents that are more serious than others, and which can involve severe injuries for the victims involved in the crash. For such victims, bills for medical treatment, surgeries, medication and rehabilitation can pile up quickly. When a victim did not cause the car accident, why should that individual be the one to pay these expenses?

National Safety Council stresses road safety during holidays

Most people in Louisiana know that the holiday season around Christmas and New Year's Day is a busy time for traveling. Family members and friends travel far and wide, or even just locally, to visit and spend time together. While there are millions of Americans who are flying to their destinations at this time of year, there many more who will travel on the roads. As we all know, this will likely lead to car accidents.

Teen drivers more likely to be involved in car crashes

It may not come as a surprise to most Louisiana parents that teenagers do not possess the same cognitive abilities as a person in their twenties or thirties, much less a middle-aged person. They also are more likely to give in to impulses and get distracted faster. This is probably why parents are hesitant to hand over the car keys to their newly licensed drivers and why it is imperative to remind the newly minted drivers of their obligations on the roads.

How do you prove negligence in a car crash?

While driving on the street, Louisiana residents have a responsibility to conform to the standards of conduct that are required of them by law. For example, stopping at a red light or stop sign and yielding to oncoming traffic-these rules are in place to protect the wellbeing of everyone on the roadways and when these codes are not violated, a devastating crash can result.

Crash involving car and school bus

There are many rules of the road that must be respected in order to keep the roadways safe for everyone on them. These laws include stopping at a red light or stop sign, driving within the posted speed limit and yielding to oncoming traffic at the appropriate junction. Now that school is back in session, traffic laws also require specific driving behavior around school zones and behind school buses. This includes stopping an appropriate distance behind a halted school bus, as there are children getting on or off the bus at that time. This ensures the safety of the children.

Get compensated when harmless fun harms you

When someone is injured in a car crash, they often want to put their crash and their injuries behind them as soon as possible. Unfortunately, this is not always possible-physical injuries take time to heal and emotional scars can take even longer. In the process, the medical bills required to mend both can pile up and end up overwhelming an accident victim. If he or she is the breadwinner of the family, the pressure to make ends meet might make a bad situation worse and cause someone to accept a settlement that they do not deserve. Especially when corporations with big pockets and insurance companies with limitless companies are able to draft legalese that a lay person may not fully understand and drag their feet in the process, accident victims find themselves suffering even more needlessly.

When is a distraction more than harmless fun?

What may seem like harmless fun can often take a turn for the worst when it takes place on the roadways. A simple distraction while behind the steering wheel, such as thinking about what needs to be bought at the grocery store or even turning around to speak to a person in the backseat, can take the driver's mind and eyes off the road for an unacceptable amount of time and turn their car into a dangerous weapon.

Car hits students on sidewalk, injuring four

The one place where people on the road expect to feel safe is on the sidewalk, especially one on a college campus. Generally, motorists driving by college campuses where students are milling about should go slowly and carefully-students may suddenly cross the road or may be passing by slowly, thus creating a dangerous situation.

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