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The Usumacinta Jack-up disaster: One of the worst in history

No one ever said that working on an off-shore oil platform was safe. However, by taking appropriate safety precautions, the most catastrophic accidents can usually be avoided. The key word here is usually. Unfortunately, there's no way to completely safeguard against a disaster when dealing with massive machinery, unpredictable ocean conditions and highly flammable gas and oil.

In one such oil rig accident, the Usumacinta Jack-up disaster, dangerous and uncontrollable sea conditions led to the fiery death of 22 workers on a Gulf of Mexico oil rig.

Car accident tips: Do this after you've been involved in a crash

What you do in the moments that immediately follow a motor vehicle accident collision is vital for your safety. Handling your car accident appropriately could also help preserve your right to file a lawsuit in the event that the collision wasn't your fault.

Here are a few of the most important considerations to keep in mind after you've been involved in an automobile collision:

How to avoid the dreaded left-turning-vehicle motorcycle crash

Close your eyes and imagine you're riding your motorcycle down any main road in Lake Charles. As you approach an intersection with a green traffic light, you scan ahead to see if the way is clear. You see vehicles lined up on either side waiting to cross the intersection once the light for perpendicular traffic turns green. You also see several cars lined up at the intersection waiting to make a left turn.

The cars on the opposing side of traffic that are waiting to make left turns will need to cross your side of the road before they're in the clear. Because you're a motorcycle and less visible than a normal vehicle, left-turning cars represent a serious accident hazard. Keep reading to see how you can avoid this common accident.

We're in the 100 deadliest days for young drivers

When you think back on your memories of childhood summers, what do you think about? Carefree days running around with your friends? Reading a good book, cover to cover, on a hammock in the back yard? Swimming at the local swimming pool or in the late? Getting ice cream with your parents on the Fourth of July?

People often think of summers before they went to college as some of the best times of their lives. What they do not often realize, though, is that these are some of the deadliest days of the year for young drivers.

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.

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