Authored By: Randall Hart
With the increase of large vehicles in the SWLA southwest Louisiana area drivers need to be extra vigilant of the dangers these vehicles pose for the everyday driver.
The increase of construction sites and new parking lots to accommodate the influx of drivers on the roads create choke points and dangerous blind spots for weary or impatient drivers. There are often large vehicles attempting to “squeeze” into congested traffic at times when traffic is at its worst.
A recent DOT study shows an increase in overall fatalities from motor vehicle accidents in the last decade and the majority of these fatalities were caused by large vehicles which has increased 29% since 2009.
A 2016 article in USNews compares the effects of drowsy driving to that of drunk driving and the statistics cited are alarming. “Drowsy driving is estimated to be a factor in 20 percent of fatal crashes. …drivers that skimp on the seven hours of sleep experts recommend increase their risk of a crash exponentially”, the article states. With the narrow margins of error presented in the tight construction zones and the extra vehicles on the road these days in SWLA a second’s worth of inattention can mean the difference in life or death with these large vehicles.
The article also cites AAA’s suggestion of taking a break from driving every 2 hours or 100 miles, travelling with a partner that can share the driving responsibility, and avoiding medications that raveling drowsiness. These are valid suggestions to help keep our roads safer as we travel to and from work.
If you have been in an accident recently and need advice from a skilled local personal injury attorney that knows the local justice system in southwest Louisiana please feel free to reach out to Broussard & Hart, LLC. Toll-Free at 866-281-4774.