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April 2015 Archives

Bicycle recall could affect Louisiana cyclists

Following a number of reported accidents, bicycle manufacturer Trek has issued a recall in response to injuries suffered by cyclists that left one rider a permanent quadriplegic and others suffering from fractures and facial wounds. Approximately 900,000 Trek bicycles in the United States and 98,000 bicycles in Canada are believed to be unsafe due to a manufacturing defect.

1-car accident kills high school student

A 16-year-old high school student in Louisiana was killed in a one-car accident on April 22. Three other minors who were in the vehicle when the wreck took place sustained non-life threatening injuries. Two of the injured victims were 17 years old, and one was 12 years of age.

Learning more about crashes and wet weather

Motorists in Louisiana may be interested in learning more about how inclement weather conditions can increase the risk of a car accident occurring. The American Auto Association estimates there to be approximately 1.2 million crashes in the country every year. Keeping an adequate distance of about two second between vehicles is recommended under ideal road conditions with good visibility. When wet pavement is an issue, the distance between vehicles may be increased to four seconds.

1 person dies in car accident while other occupants flee

A one-car accident in Louisiana on April 10 resulted in the death of a New Iberia resident. The fatal crash took place near Charenton while a vehicle was traveling along Chitimacha Trail. One passenger died in the crash while three other occupants fled the scene after the accident. Investigators believe that driver impairment may have been a a factor in the crash.

Loureauville mayor killed in head-on collision

The mayor of a small town in Louisiana was killed in a car wreck on April 3. The fatal car accident occurred while the 65-year-old mayor of Loureauville was traveling westbound on La. 86. At the time, he was a passenger in a Ford Mustang that was being driven by a 62-year-old woman.

Experts say 15-seater vans may be unsafe

Individuals in Louisiana may be unaware that the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration has been issuing warnings about the dangers of 15-seater passenger vans for years. On March 30, another fatal accident occurred in one of these vehicles in Florida. The van was overloaded with 18 passengers when the driver missed a stop sign, and the van ran off the road and into a ravine. The driver and seven passengers died.

Louisiana driver was indicted for vehicular homicide

Drivers are well aware of the serious effects driving under the influence of alcohol can have on themselves and others in the general public. As one particular incident of impaired driving demonstrates, injuries suffered in drunk driving accidents can have fatal results. The 34-year-old woman in this incident had been driving with a blood alcohol level that exceeded the legal limit. The driver apparently overcorrected her driving after running the vehicle off the road. The vehicle, a 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe, overturned.

Bauer Hockey recalls goalie masks over laceration concerns

Louisiana hockey enthusiasts should be aware that Bauer Hockey has recalled two potentially hazardous goalie masks from the market. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the metal wires on the cages of the masks can break, possibly causing facial lacerations or impact injuries.

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