This particular time of the year can be quite hectic for travel. With increased traffic as young adults and teenagers who are first-time drivers take to the road, streets will once again be filled with buses picking up and dropping off students and bike riders and pedestrians arriving at their respective destinations.
Summer is finally here and families all across Louisiana are eager to take advantage of the season. Whether you’ll be traveling in state or across state lines to enjoy a little family vacation, you’ll need to remember the importance of vehicle maintenance.
Having your vehicle breakdown on the highway while traveling – or on any other road for that matter – can lead to a disaster. Your New Orleans car accident attorneys at the Cardone Law Firm would like to remind you of a few important tips to keep your summer trip as safe as possible for you and your loved ones.
April is officially known as National Distracted Driving Awareness Month and your Louisiana car accident attorneys here at Cardone Law Firm would like to help spread the message in order to hopefully save lives and keep all drivers safe out on the roads.
Unfortunately, the use of cell phones and other tech while behind the wheel, has made it extremely easy for drivers to get distracted. Consider that five seconds is the average time your eyes are off the road while texting. If traveling at 55 MPH, that’s enough time to cover the length of a standard-sized football field. Now consider individuals who are traveling at even greater speeds, such as 75 MPH and up.
Riding a bike is an activity enjoyed by many people for a number of reasons. Some people like to ride their bikes for fun or to exercise, and a growing number of people are cycling to commute to and from work, among other places.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there was a 64% increase in people riding their bikes to work from 2000 to 2014.
Let’s start with the facts.
In the United States, over 1.2 million crashes are weather-related. On average, that leads to nearly 6,000 fatalities and over 445,000 injuries per year, all due to adverse weather conditions. When breaking it down even further, 73% of these crashes occur on wet pavement and 46% occur during rainfall.
With a staggering 6 million car accidents in the U.S. annually, it can feel quite risky driving on today’s roads. While eliminating every hazard or risk when driving is impossible, you can still do your part to keep Louisiana roads safer by following these defensive driving tips.
However, if you or a loved one has succumbed to injury or death due to an accident with a commercial vehicle accident, the dependable New Orleans truck accident lawyers at Cardone Law Firm are ready to protect your rights.
Driving while you’re feeling tired may seem innocuous, but in reality, it’s about as dangerous as driving drunk. Drowsy drivers have many of the same impairments drunk drivers do, including:
- Inability to focus or pay attention to the road
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), along with individual states, sets clear safety regulations for all commercial vehicles that must be followed in order for 18-wheelers to operate within each state. However, when commercial trucking companies choose to forgo proper protocols by ignoring or barely enforcing these safety regulations, the risk of serious motor vehicle accidents increases – meaning you may have to pay for it.
Spring break is just around the corner, and that means plenty of college students will be rushing to get to the nearest beach, families will be heading out on road trips, and everyday drivers will be trying to get to-and-back from work safely. During this time of year, highways can become more congested as drivers from all walks of life will be out on the roads.
Unfortunately, Spring Break is also one of the most dangerous times for “Spring Break” counties that draw in more crowds. A 2015 study published in the Economic Inquiry found that fatal traffic accidents jumped by nearly 10% in certain regions, with a significant proportion of these accidents involving out-of-state drivers. These are troubling statistics for students and families who are planning to travel outside of the state in the next few weeks.
This particular stretch of the highway always takes forever, you think to yourself, creeping slowly behind one of many other vehicles stuck in rush hour traffic. To your relief, you see your exit up ahead, about a mile away.
The constant pumping of your brakes and the accelerator pedal seems rhythmic, and you begin to space out from your surroundings. Before you know it, you missed your exit completely, and have no real idea why.