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Pedestrian accidents: Causes and safety tips

As a pedestrian, it's not always easy to keep your eyes on everything happening around you. For example, if you're walking in a busy city, vehicles, bicyclists and other pedestrians can easily distract you. Pedestrian-vehicle accidents almost always result in serious injuries, so they are to be avoided at all costs.

Understanding the most common causes of these accidents is a good place to start. Here's what you need to know:

  • Distracted driving. This is when drivers pay attention to something beside the road and what's going on around them. Common distractions include texting, turning around to talk to someone in the back seat and adjusting radio controls.
  • Drowsy driving. Any time motorists are too tired to drive, there's a greater chance that they will cause accidents.
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. This type of impairment makes it difficult for drivers to make sound decisions, thus increasing the risk of striking pedestrians.
  • Reckless driving. There are many forms of reckless driving, e.g., speeding and disobeying traffic signs or signals.
  • Disregarding traffic conditions. For example, drivers need to make changes to their driving methods during rush hour.
  • Disregarding weather conditions. In inclement weather, drivers should slow down and leave more space between their vehicles and others on the road.

All-terrain vehicles and safety concerns

All-terrain vehicles (ATVs) like four-wheelers and three-wheelers are a fun way to explore the great outdoors. Recreational enthusiasts, hunters, farmers, outdoor workers, beach workers and families use these devices for both work and play. However, aside from their entertainment and use value, these vehicles can pose serious risks to their users.

In 2015, 98,000 people in the United States required emergency room care because of their ATV injuries. In one notable case that occurred here in Louisiana last year, entertainer Jamie Lynn Spears' daughter suffered serious injuries in an ATV accident while on a hunting expedition with family members.

5 safety tips for your next motorcycle ride

Now that spring is in full swing and summer is right around the corner, you are probably spending more time on your motorcycle. Riding around Lake Charles or heading out on a longer trip comes with a certain amount of danger on any given day, even when riding conditions seem perfect.

In general, there are more than 200 motorcycle crashes across the United States every day. While some of these are due to user error, others are a direct result of negligent drivers. In reality, cars and trucks are the biggest danger you face on the road every time you climb on your bike.

It’s important to understand the 3 types of distracted driving

As the driver of a passenger vehicle, you're probably well aware of the dangers of distracted driving.

From texting to talking with passengers, you know that anything that takes your attention away from the road increases the likelihood of causing a crash.

Snow and ice hit Louisiana and make trucks even more dangerous

Louisiana doesn't see snow and ice often, but when it does, it's a major hazard. People driving in the area may not be familiar with how to handle their vehicles in these conditions, and some may make mistakes that put themselves and others at risk.

This is particularly dangerous if the driver is behind the wheel of a large truck. Drivers who are trained in the southern states may not be familiar with driving in winter weather conditions like heavy snow or on ice. As a driver, that puts you at risk.

Distracted drivers may be liable for car accidents

In the modern world, you face constant opportunities for distraction whenever you get behind the wheel of a vehicle. Not only must you contend with large billboards or other roadside displays that compete for your attention, you must resist the urge to use your cellular device while driving, which many people still choose to do. Even without these modern inconveniences, there are always distractions on the road for those who do not practice focused driving.

Unfortunately, distracted driving is potentially life-threatening. Even newer model efficiency vehicles that boast impressive fuel economy are heavy, dangerous machines made to travel at extremely high speeds compared to what our human bodies are naturally designed to withstand. Even a minor car accident can cause serious injury or death depending on the circumstances.

Fatal big rig crashes can have a host of causes

Many drivers choose to drive safely so that they can arrive at their destination in one piece and on time. When drivers aren't doing this, there is a chance that a fatal accident might occur. One of the big questions that comes up after a fatal accident is what led to the crash.

When one of the vehicles involved is an 18-wheeler, there are some special considerations that have to be factored in when trying to determine the cause of the crash. Here are some of the common causes of big rig crashes:

The 5 steps of loss with patient disfigurement

When a patient suffers with disfigurement, there are stages of loss he or she goes through. It's impossible for any patient to suffer such a severe injury without having to go through some realization of loss. The injury affects appearance, and that can change a person's entire life.

When a person is suffering following disfigurement, there could be signs of mental anguish, depression or other concerns. As the loved one of someone trying to understand life with a disfigurement, there are a few things you should know.

The basics of a personal injury claim

After a loved one has suffered a catastrophic injury, such as a motorcycle collision with a negligent driver, you may be trying to figure out the best way to pay for medical expenses, rehabilitation and possibly long-term care. After a wreck caused by someone else's recklessness, you might be able to take legal action.

Your loved one deserves proper care after suffering life-changing injuries. In order to get that care, you may need to pursue a personal injury claim. While your attorney will be your best source of information, it is important to understand the basics of personal injury law.

ATVs offer fun, but at the cost of serious risks

All terrain vehicles (ATVs) are a class of motorized vehicles that often get used for recreational purposes. Four-wheelers, snowmobiles, dirt bikes, three-wheelers and similar vehicles intended for off-road driving can exhilarate or injure. Some people, like farmers or Department of Natural Resources officers, may drive them as part of work. In colder regions, snowmobiles are critical to the ability to commute after a major snow storm. Most of the time, however, these vehicles get used as a means of entertainment or diversion. People ride them for the thrill of it, which can occasionally end poorly.

From 2013 to 2015, the most recent years with federal statistics available, the United State Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that at least 35 people in Louisiana died as the result of an ATV accident. Many more suffered serious injuries. While fear of an accident shouldn't keep you from enjoying your life, you should use caution when driving or riding on an ATV. Especially if your children or other minors will be riding or driving these vehicles, careful operation is critical to the safety of everyone involved.

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