Louisiana law sets some specific legal requirements when it comes to the safety of children riding in motor vehicles. The Louisiana Highway Safety Commission states the law requires children ages six to 12 to use an appropriate seat belt or booster seat. Any child who weighs less than 60 pounds or is under six years old must use a car or booster seat chosen based upon the manufacturer’s specifications for weight and height.
Whether you are a teen who is concerned about riding in a vehicle with someone who is under the influence of alcohol or are a parent who is worried about your child, it is essential to take a look at different ways that underage drunk driving accidents can be avoided. In New Orleans, and communities all over Louisiana, underage DUI is a serious problem for some young drivers and others on the road. From lost lives and permanent injuries to license suspension, drunk driving can upend life in many ways.
Before teenagers get behind the wheel, parents have a responsibility to prepare them for the risks they may face on the roads in Louisiana. Not only do these dangers involve other drivers and hazardous road conditions, they also include issues that teens themselves may create through carelessness, inexperience or poor choices.
Louisiana drivers may think that as long as their eyes are on the road, they are not distracted. However, a constant source of distraction travels in the cars of many drivers. While cellphones can be a general distraction, texting is one of the main dangers of this device.
Accidents are unpredictable and can cost a lot in damages and medical costs. The cause of an accident can vary, but it tends to centralize around three main factors: drivers, defects and conditions.
Winter weather in Louisiana is known for being unpredictable and dangerous, especially in winter. Today, you might need an umbrella and some rain boots, while tomorrow you could find yourself slipping on ice. When you encounter these weather variations on the roads, the results can be deadly.
In a city like New Orleans, with a great deal of traffic, much of it driven by out-of-town visitors who may be unfamiliar with the city, and full of pedestrians, crashes involving cars trucks, motorcycles, bicycles and pedestrians are not uncommon. Many are caused by drivers not paying attention to their driving for the typical reasons of alcohol or drugs, distracted by texting or electronics or drowsy from staying up too late.
People often underestimate risk. Many residents of New Orleans would avoid some parts of town because of the perceived risk of crime. But few fully understand the risk presented by their cars and trucks. Some of that is due to familiarity. They drive in their vehicles every day and if they have not suffered a crash, attribute that to their skill and acumen behind the wheel.