Motorcycles might be the most thrilling form of modern transport, but as they speed in and out of traffic, as if gridlock is something that happens only to other vehicles, riders must be acutely aware of the dangers they face. They are driving an inherently unstable vehicle and are utterly exposed to the elements.
Monroe and Ouachita Parish residents who ride motorcycles are vulnerable to a myriad of potentially life-threatening injuries. Even under the best possible circumstances, they can be difficult to see, and normal debris in the roadway creates particularly hazardous conditions for them.
For most people, driving is a casual activity that is as natural as breathing. We weave through traffic and breeze around corners almost without looking, and certainly without thinking critically about our actions. But all of that changes the moment we become parents and start transporting our children.
Rear-end accidents accounted for nearly half of all collisions between 2012 and 2014. Most of these crashes were relatively minor, but a significant percentage of them resulted in severe vehicle damage and injuries.
There are countless scenarios that lead to multi-vehicle accidents, but a significant number of them are multi-car pileups that are caused by distracted drivers. These collisions often result in severe injuries and fatalities. In fact, more than half of all car occupant fatalities in 2016 occurred in multi-vehicle accidents, reports the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety – a total of over 12,000 fatalities in a single year.
It is common knowledge that seat belts save lives, yet millions of drivers and passengers choose to hit the road without buckling up. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 1 in 7 drivers in the United States fails to wear a seat belt – and the consequences are often fatal.
According to The New Orleans Advocate, a tragic pedestrian accident involving a pickup truck and a mother and daughter resulted in one fatality late last month. The incident occurred when the two parties on foot were attempting to cross an intersection in the Seventh Ward.
The elements that make motorcycle riding so exhilarating—speed, power, and total exposure—are the very same ones that make it incredibly dangerous. According to the Insurance Information Institute, motorcyclists are far more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to sustain injuries or die in a collision.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, distracted driving is responsible for thousands of traffic fatalities and hundreds of thousands of injuries every single year. In fact, because it has become such a pervasive public health issue, the National Safety Council (NSC) has deemed April Distracted Driving Awareness Month.
According to TheTownTalk, a collision involving four vehicles occurred on LA Hwy 6 earlier this month, resulting in one fatality. Louisiana State Police Troopers responded to the scene near LA Hwy 476 shortly after 4 p.m. on a Wednesday.