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Car Accidents Archives

Seat belt use saves lives in car accidents

Each day, drivers and their passengers face various hazards during their commutes. One of the best things motorists can do to minimize their risk of serious injury and death is to wear seatbelts. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “crash related-injuries and deaths decrease in half when seat belts are used.” 

Do you know how to avoid distractions while driving?

Each second you spend on the roads in the Lake Charles area is one that may change your life forever. Car accidents happen all the time, especially when distractions are involved. In 2015, 3,477 people lost their lives to motor vehicle crashes where distractions were present, states the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Many drivers believe they are good drivers. Those same individuals use distractions to keep them interested in the task of driving. 

Driving habits that increase your risk of accidents

Everyone in the Lake Charles area and across the country has bad habits. Many of those habits are not detrimental to their health and safety. They can make and break them at will and develop better habits. However, when individuals develop bad driving habits, the consequences can be serious and fatal. 

Should your child be in a rear-facing car seat?

It may seem like the rules for car seat use are constantly changing. Research in this area has been moving along lately, which has resulted in some changes in recent years. One such change is the new recommendation for children to remain in the rear-facing position for much longer than originally stated.

What are the penalties for a hit and run in Louisiana?

Any accident scenario is horrible, but when an accident is a hit and run, it gets even worse. If you have been involved in such an accident situation, you may want to learn more about what penalties you may face as a result. Under the state law, the Louisiana State Legislature defines a hit and run as failing to stop and stay at the scene of an accident. It does not matter if you caused the accident or not. If you leave the scene before giving your identification information to other drivers, reporting the accident to law enforcement and ensuring help is being given to anyone injured, then you are at risk of being charged with a hit and run.

What is whiplash?

If you have been involved in a car accident in Louisiana, you may have injuries that do not show up immediately. A common injury that can rear its head days after an accident is whiplash. According to WebMD, whiplash is a condition involving damage to the tendons in the neck. Tendons are what connect the muscle to the bones. When they are injured, they may swell and cause extreme pain, along with impairing movement, but it usually takes time for the symptoms to become apparent.

Truck accidents are preventable in most cases

Truck accidents are some of the worst on the roads. In an instant, multiple vehicles may become involved. Then, the weight of the largest vehicles crushes smaller cars, causing massive damage. Truck accidents often result in serious injuries and fatalities due to the weight discrepancies between vehicles.

Common accident-related neck and back injuries

Residents of Louisiana who have been involved in car accident may find themselves facing back pain, injury, or trauma. Unfortunately, the neck and back are two areas that often suffer the most damage during a crash, and the damage that's done can cause long-lasting pain and even disability for long periods of the sufferer's life.

The problem of teen drinking and driving

Louisiana drivers have the responsibility to drive safely. This includes not getting behind the wheel when they are under the influence of alcohol. Unfortunately, many teenagers are not listening to the warnings and obvious risks of drinking and driving. According to the American Association for the Advancement of Science, thousands of teens are dying due to driving while impaired each year.

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