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children riding ATVI am sure we have all seen someone carelessly riding an all-terrain vehicle down the road and thought to ourselves how dangerous those vehicles can be. This is especially true when we see children riding or operating these machines. ATVs have become vastly popular with almost 8 million of them in use today. But, with their growing popularity also comes record numbers of riders in the emergency room or dead.

Many children grow up riding ATVs and see no danger in them. Many parents even allow their children to operate these types of vehicles from an incredibly young age without ever obtaining a proper license or wearing protective gear. However, I highly doubt any parent would allow their minor child to get behind the wheel of their car before having a license or permit, so why do we see children driving ATVs and other off-road vehicles so frequently?

knee hit on trailer hitchHave you ever been walking down a sidewalk or in a parking lot and almost struck your leg on a trailer hitch? What about a luggage carrier or bike rack protruding from the back of a car? Or maybe you were in a retail store or some other place of business and a shelf or an electrical outlet box was sticking out too far.

Many times pedestrians, invitees, or patrons will be walking in the grocery store or just walking down the street when they strike a protruding object. It is possible that they did not see the object or maybe they saw it but did not have enough time to react before hitting it. Either way, these hazards may cause an individual to trip, slip, or fall to the ground which, in turn, can cause a serious injury.

louisiana highwayJust a few months ago, many states began implementing stay-at-home orders due to the Coronavirus outbreak. As a result of more people staying at home, the number of commuters on the road drastically dropped. With less traffic and congestion on our highways, one would think that the number of motor vehicle accidents also plummeted. But, the truth is the exact opposite of what you would believe.

The National Safety Council reported that the number of motor vehicle fatalities per mile driven increased by 14% in March 2020 compared with March 2019. Although the number of miles driven dropped by over 18%, these deadly accidents continued to increase. In March 2019, the mileage death rate per 100 million miles driven was 1.07. Comparably, this number rose to 1.22 in March of this year. This includes drivers, passengers, pedestrians, and cyclist.

turn signalWe all know the frustration of driving down the highway and another vehicle unexpectedly turns or swerves into our lane. It is as if these drivers expect us to know exactly what they are about to do without using their turn signal. Even the simplest task of using a blinker is ignored by many drivers every single day.

Indicators are there to serve a purpose. This is why the law requires all vehicles to be equipped with signal lamps. They allow drivers to communicate their intentions with other drivers when navigating through traffic. When you properly use your signal, other drivers on the road can carefully slow down, move lanes, or make room for you in order to prevent a car accident. A good rule of thumb is to use your blinker at least five seconds before turning or switching lanes in order to warn other vehicles of your intentions.

people riding in bed of truckMany people are not strangers to riding in the back of a pickup truck at least once in their life. Maybe you have some fond memories of riding in the back of the family pickup during your childhood or loved the feeling of the wind blowing through your hair while enjoying a ride. Although it is not the safest decision, it still happens all the time. But, as free as the ride in the back of a pickup truck may make you feel, it is extremely dangerous.

I am always in awe at the pure ignorance when I see passengers riding in the back of a pickup truck. The beds of trucks were designed to carry cargo, not passengers. If they were, they would be equipped with seats, seatbelts, airbags, and other vehicular safety measures. When you ride in the back of a truck there is nothing to protect you and nothing to grab onto. All you can do is hold on for dear life to avoid being shoved around or possibly ejected from the vehicle.

With the summer season on the horizon, more and more people are taking vacations and going on road trips. Passengers kick back, get comfortable, and begin their journey to their destination. This often includes people foolishly resting their feet up on the dashboard of the vehicle. Maybe it’s a habit, maybe it’s more comfortable, or maybe you even want a better look at that fresh pedicure. Whatever the case may be, it is never a smart idea.

man shoplifting alcoholHave you ever been detained in a store by a security officer? Did that officer use excessive force? It is important to know your rights if you have been apprehended and accused of shoplifting, whether the allegations are true or not.

When an individual is suspected of shoplifting in a retail store, he or she is likely to be detained by security or the store owner. In Louisiana, this detention may not exceed sixty minutes. Although the store personnel may keep the shoplifter detained for a reasonable time until the police arrive or the situation is resolved, the detainee has the right to remain silent and does not have to sign an admission of guilt.

Today, it feels like you cannot go anywhere without hearing about Coronavirus. It is certainly filling everyone’s thoughts each day. There is so much that remains unknown, but during these times of doubt, the health and safety of our community is the top priority. coronoa

However, for some individuals, reality of the virus has already set in. Day after day, we watch the numbers of individuals being diagnosed with Coronavirus rapidly increase. Many families are also having to deal with death of loved ones as a result of this illness. Dr. Anthony Fauci, NIAID Director, recently revealed that between 100,000 and 240,000 of our fellow American’s could die from COVID-19.

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