The more traffic on the road, the higher the chances for a crash. Rush hour is one of the worst times to travel, not just for crashes but because of how jams can form so easily after one. WBRZ talks about a crash that happened earlier this week that caused a severe traffic jam. The I-10/I-12 split is a hotspot for crashes. An accident happened just before 8 AM on I-12 West and blocked two right lanes. This caused traffic to back up for miles. At least one of the vehicles overturned in the crash, and the officers said there were injuries. Further details about the crash weren’t given in the report. Avoiding an accident during your commute is a matter of staying alert. Even if everyone is moving slower, a crash can still hurt or kill you. One of the best ways to stay safe is to signal your intentions. Use your turn signals before you shift lanes, not as you start to move and certainly not at all. It’s also good to know your route well. The earlier you can get into your lane and stay there to your destination, the better. Shifting lanes is when many accidents happen on highways and interstates.
Baton Rouge Car Accidents News
Whenever you drive with passengers, you must recognize that you’re responsible for their lives. If you drive unsafely and crash, it’s your responsibility for what happens. A case in Baton Rouge from last month shows what can happen when this responsibility is ignored. KTBS reported that four people died in a crash after a driver lost control of his speeding vehicle. One victim was a 2-year-old boy. The driver was speeding when he struck a tree, then a chain-link fence, and then a house. The driver, another passenger, and the toddler all died in the collision. A man inside the home was also killed in the crash. Speeding on an interstate is dangerous enough, but speeding in a residential area is worse. There are far more things you can hit and the roads turn much tighter. There can be little time to react if an animal, a child, or a reversing vehicle gets in your way, any of which can happen in a residential area. The lesson is clear. Do not speed! Your passengers will thank you, especially if your lower speed prevents an accident. You can also thank yourself, knowing that your responsible actions kept everyone safe. Be a hero. Stay below the speed limit.
Car makers take great pains to ensure cars can drive safely on the road, but if they go off the road, then all bets are off. Many injuries and fatalities happen every year when cars go off the road, like this case reported by The Advocate. Investigators aren’t sure why the car went off the road, but the results were clear A 20-year-old died on Sunday after her car veered off LA 16 in Livingston Parish. The car struck a pole and then a tree, then caught fire. The driver burned to death at the scene, while a passenger was seriously injured. By the time the fire was put out, investigators couldn’t tell if seat belts were worn or not in the crash, and getting toxicology data will be difficult, if not impossible. There are many reasons why a car could suddenly leave the roadway. An altruistic driver might want to avoid hitting an animal and turn too far. A child might dart into the road and force a turn. On the other hand, drunk driving, distracted driving, and arguments can pull a driver’s attention away long enough to cause this kind of accident. Road edges often have terrain and obstacles that can cause a crash. Even something simple like crashing into a ditch can still cause injuries.
A wrong turn helped two people save the lives of victims in a burning car in Hammond according to WVUE. Two men were trying to get onto I-12 and missed their turn. That’s when they noticed the burning car. They didn’t hesitate, but stopped to help. At least six others were already on the scene, none first responders. They were able to pull the two victims out of the car and get them away from the burning vehicle while they waited for the authorities. They prayed with the men while waiting and kept an eye on the vehicle in case it tried to explode. The others who stopped and helped had left before the media came to investigate what happened. The condition of the victims is unknown, but if no one had stopped there was a good chance they would have died in the incident. One of the men complained of back and chest pain at the scene. Good Samaritan laws protect people who try to save the lives of others in dangerous situations like these. The rescued victims are fortunate that so many people came by to help. We hope that the victims recover swiftly from their injuries. The rescuers can all consider themselves heroes for their actions.
Accidents are likely to go down for the next few weeks in Louisiana after a recent announcement by the governor. Fox 10 reports. The governor has ordered everyone in Louisiana to stay home after 5 PM today unless they are getting food or medicine. This is to help halt the spread of the coronavirus that’s sweeping the world. Some essential jobs are exempt from the order. Workers in grocery stores, pharmacies, doctor’s offices, manufacturers, and utilities are exempt. Places like theaters, play places, and other social businesses are to close. The governor wants to prevent Louisiana from becoming like Italy. Italy is overwhelmed by the number of cases in their population. Currently, Louisiana has the third highest number of cases per capita in the U.S. State officials say that there are more than 830 cases in the state. 20 people have died in Louisiana so far. “I do not take this action lightly, but there are some basic facts that we just simply cannot deny or ignore,” Edwards said, describing the state’s tenfold increase in cases during just one week. He said the state could run out of health care capacity between seven to 10 days. The order will remain in place until April 12 unless circumstances change.
It is a good deed to help people who are stuck on the side of the road with a broken-down vehicle, but it is also dangerous to help fix it. Some drivers do not keep an eye out like they should and can hit people trying to fix a car. On Tuesday, someone lost their life because of this according to WBRZ.com. The accident happened in Ascension Parish on I-10 near LA Hwy 22. A Chevy Tahoe broke down with a flat tire and pulled over onto the right shoulder. The three people in the vehicle got out to change it. A pickup truck swerved off the road and hit the three and the SUV for unknown reasons. One died at the scene of the accident. The other two sustained moderate injuries and were sent to the hospital. The driver of the truck was not injured, but he has been arrested and charged with negligent homicide, negligent injuring, and careless operations. He did not show signs of impairment at the scene of the crash. Police are still investigating what happened, but we hope that the victims in this crash are able to secure compensation to cover their costs. This was an out-of-the-blue tragedy and the responsible driver needs to face justice.
It’s no question that seatbelts save lives, yet some people still refuse to wear them. When an accident catches up to them, the results can be deadly, like in this single-vehicle crash in Washington Parish that killed two people. Fox 8 reports on the incident. A car was traveling on LA 440 when it went off the road and hit a tree and culvert. Three people were in the vehicle at the time, and none were wearing seatbelts according to the police. Two of the people died in the crash, which happened around 1 AM. The third sustained serious injuries and was taken to the hospital. Toxicology reports are pending on all the men to see if any were intoxicated at the time of the crash. Wearing a seatbelt isn’t meant to restrict your freedom or prevent you from driving the way you want to. It’s meant to save your life, period. Airbags alone are not enough to prevent you from getting ejected or further injured in a crash. They’re designed to work with seatbelts. Consider also the fact that most people will be in 3-4 accidents in their lifetime according to the insurance industry. Those aren’t good odds if you think you’ll always avoid a crash. The risk of death or great injury is too much. Please wear your seatbelts.
Despite years of education and proven safety, some people still refuse to wear seatbelts while driving their vehicles. Even truckers have to wear seatbelts. Bigger vehicles and a taller ride height do not necessarily mean more protection, but sometimes people do skip the belt in bigger vehicles because they think so. That may be what happened in this case. The Advocate reported on a crash in Pointe Coupee Parish that killed a husband and wife. They were driving a Chevy Silverado when it ran off the road. They were driving on U.S. Hwy 180 in the early morning hours of Saturday. For reasons still unknown, they both weren’t wearing seatbelts when the SUV crashed into a tree. State police found the wreck and the bodies of the couple at the scene. Both were in the front seat at the time. According to the CDC, wearing a seatbelt when you’re in the front of a vehicle reduces the risk of serious injury by 50% and the chance of fatalities by 45%. In 2016, more than half of the people who died in crashes under the age of 45 were not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. The math makes it simple. Buckle up and you’ll be much more likely to save your life and reduce your injuries if you get into a crash.
It’s incredible to think that there are people who still don’t wear seat belts while driving. They’ve been in cars long enough and have proven their effectiveness over and over again at saving lives. Unfortunately, some people still don’t wear them and it causes tragedies like this one. Four people were injured and one was killed in a crash in Livingston Parish when a truck struck a tree in the wee hours on U.S. 190. The person was killed was a teen who got ejected from the vehicle. He was not wearing a seat belt and died from his injuries at the scene. The four other people were all seriously injured and taken to the hospital. It is unknown if the others were wearing belts or not, nor if the driver was intoxicated. The students and faculty at the deceased’s school wore red shirts in his memory. Let this be a warning to everyone reading this. Wear your seat belt. Not only can it save your life, it can also save your compensation. If you do irresponsible things and get hurt, the amount you can receive can be reduced. Be smart and wear your belt. If you are worried about getting tangled or stuck in it, there are tools you can buy that can easily cut through the belt to free yourself. The chances you’ll ever need to cut your belt are far smaller than the chances that wearing your belt can save you, but if it gives you the reassurance you need to keep your belt on, then do what you need to do.
Sibling rivalry is one thing, but drag racing them on the streets of New Orleans is another. The Advocate reported on a tragic crash that killed a brother and an innocent cyclist. The two brothers were drag racing on North Lobdell Boulevard near Lobwood drive around 5:30 PM. One of the brothers lost control of his BMW 135I and struck the driver side of the other’s Mustang. Both vehicles left the roadway, striking a cyclist, a utility pole, and a tree. The cyclist and the driver of the BMW died at the scene. The Mustang driver survived and was arrested for multiple charges, including DUI and vehicular homicide. As exciting as movies show drag racing on public streets is, there’s a reason you only see it in movies. It’s an incredibly dangerous act. Even the police do not like to go on high-speed chases because of the danger to the public and to themselves. If you must race, do so on a designated track. There are plenty of ways to get your fix for speed without endangering others like the innocent cyclist in this case. We hope that the family of the cyclist will be able to receive compensation.