Auto Accident

Your whole world can change in literally the blink of an eye. It takes just a split second for a fender bender to occur, and even if the accident seems minor, your injuries might not be. For example, a car traveling at just five miles per hour can cause whiplash upon impact, leading to chronic pain and a lifetime of discomfort if not treated. Most people don't think they need to seek medical care if they've been in a low-speed crash, yet this is often...

Featuring over 7,500 miles of coastline and many well-known waterways such as the Mississippi River, the Sabine River, the Toledo Bend Reservoir, the Red River, the Atchafalaya Basin, and Lake Pontchartrain, Louisiana is bursting with opportunities to spend time on the water. Here in Sportsman’s Paradise, boats are widely used for fishing and wildlife viewing. Boats are also popular for recreational activities like spending time with loved ones, water skiing, swimming, sightseeing, sailing, sunbathing, and tubing. However, boating can be very dangerous. The latest Recreational Boating...

When you’re tired, getting behind the wheel can be a very dangerous proposition. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that sleepiness and driver fatigue account for approximately 100,000 crashes and over 70,000 injuries each year. The 2015 figures attribute 824 deaths to drowsy driving, although the actual number is believed to be much higher. It's not easy to measure when drowsiness is the reason for an accident, chiefly because it's revealed through personal admission, not through a test like the ones given to determine...

For drivers aged 16-19 in the United States, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Highway Loss Data Institute (IIHSHLDI) reports the fatal crash rate is three times as high as it is for drivers 20 years old and older. In 2015 alone, 2,715 teenagers died in accidents. The reasons are apparent. Teens most often lack the experience to deal with many tense and dangerous situations they experience on the road, including poor visibility, hazardous weather and careless motorists. But while many of these hazards are unavoidable,...

People deserve to live and work in a safe society, but the reality is that many communities are quite hazardous. There are many common threats to the public health, including pollution, gun violence, availability of illegal drugs, and more. In fact, the first full week of April has been designated National Public Health Week (NPHW) since 1995 for the sole purpose of raising awareness about these issues. One of the biggest is vehicle accidents. Whether a fender bender or a more serious accident, car crashes occur...

Getting behind the wheel is as much a habit for many of us as brushing our teeth. The routine of it can easily lead to complacency, which is a dangerous human behavior. Being in a vehicle as a driver or a passenger is a risk we undertake without much thought, yet unintentional motor vehicle traffic accidents are one of the top three causes of death for most age groups. Almost 35,100 people were killed in 2015 in 32,166 crashes on U.S. roads. Taking population into...

Planning on traveling, drinking, renting a car, or any combination of the three between now and January 1? Chances are, you answered “yes.” Planning on getting into a car wreck? Chances are, you answered, “no.” Integral to the likelihood of being involved in a car accident is the fact that there are more cars on the road at this time of the year than the rest. It has been estimated that during the Christmas/New Year's holiday, the number of long-distance trips increases by 23%, and approximately...

Do you need a little Christmas? Right this very minute? Whether you need it or not, the holidays are quite literally everywhere right now. Whether you love it, hate it, or fall somewhere in between, holiday cheer abounds on menus, on commercials, in stores, and, of course, on radio stations. Thanksgiving officially kicks off the holiday season, and from then until New Year's Day, statistics show a notable increase in the number of drunk driving accidents. It appears that many people’s cheer ignores the very...

Louisiana is a special place, full of personality and uniqueness. We have the tallest state capitol building in the country and the longest bridge over water in the world. We are the only state in the union with parishes instead of counties and are the home of drive-thru daiquiri huts (of course, the debate over straw placement and open-container laws continues). The Pelican State is also the only one to exempt licensed establishments from liability for selling or serving alcohol to individuals who cause injuries...

Distracted driving is one of those alliterative phrases coined in hopes of bringing attention to a big problem. Generally defined as any non-driving activity that a motorist engages in while operating a vehicle, distracted driving increases the risk of a wreck. To maximize safety, drivers should be giving their full cognitive, manual, and visual attention to the task. Having our hands on the wheel and our eyes on the road promotes the safest environment when our brains are also completely engaged. Why do so many people...

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