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Driving during a hailstorm

There are many different ways in which mother nature can threaten the safety of everyone on the road, from blizzard conditions and torrential downpours to tornados and hailstorms. Driving in the midst of a hailstorm can be challenging for all sorts of reasons and we will examine some relevant issues in this post. Some parts of the country are especially likely to see hail during the spring, summer and fall, but you should be mindful of these risks no matter where you live. Sadly, weather-related car crashes have resulted in the loss of many lives.

Hail can be very problematic when it comes to driving for multiple reasons. First, many drivers are caught off-guard and find themselves driving during a hailstorm even though they had no idea that inclement weather was heading their way. It can be helpful to monitor weather forecasts, but this does not always guarantee that poor weather conditions will be avoided.

Listening to loud music and driving

Many people enjoy listening to music while they are behind the wheel, whether they like to play a cd from one of their favorite groups or they enjoy listening to a certain radio station. Music can make a trip seem more enjoyable, but it can also be dangerous for various reasons. For example, a driver may become distracted by a particular song, especially if they try to sing along to the lyrics. Moreover, music that is extremely loud can also be distracting.

If you like to listen to music while you drive, it is vital to make sure that you do not become distracted in any way. You may need to turn the music down, or even off, in some instances. Unfortunately, some drivers completely ignore this warning and place lives in danger by trying to drive while allowing music to distract them. It is also important to point out that excessively loud music can also distract other drivers, such as those who are riding alongside a vehicle that is blaring music.

Recovering from a limousine accident

Traffic wrecks occur in all sorts of ways, and some are especially unexpected. For example, someone may rent a limousine to celebrate a wedding, a recent graduation or a prom. While this is supposed to be a memorable time in an unforgettable vehicle, some people find themselves involved in a crash. Sadly, these accidents can prove fatal and they have also caused many victims to sustain injuries. Limousines are often on the road at night, which can be especially dangerous as well.

Whether a limousine driver is operating the vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or they drive too fast in order to get to the destination sooner, the reckless behavior of those who drive limousines for a living can be to blame for some of these accidents. At the same time, even the most responsible limousine drivers may become involved in an accident because another driver is behaving recklessly. For example, someone who is intoxicated due to illegal drugs may collide with a limousine. Another risk factor to consider with regard to these accidents is fatigue. Some limousine drivers become very tired after driving for long periods of time, which can make a wreck more probable.

Winter is coming, which means road danger will increase

It's bad enough that you have to worry about drivers who travel above posted speed limits on Louisiana roads, as well as those who blow through red lights or stop signs, make unsafe lane changes or otherwise disregard traffic regulations. Negligent drivers place you, themselves and any other motorist or pedestrian nearby at risk for injury. When winter arrives and the climate changes, such risks are even greater if reckless drivers commit negligence when road conditions are poor.

In short, a driver who speeds places everyone in the vicinity at risk. A driver who speeds on icy or slushy roads is a menace to all travelers nearby. In fact, speed is one of the most significant factors toward road safety on ice. Reducing your speed is one of the first things you should do if the roads you are navigating are slippery. No matter how cautious you are, another driver's negligence can cause you injury.

What is defensive driving?

Aggressive driving behaviors are not only inconsiderate, they also lead to a greater risk of accident and injury. That’s why all motorists should utilize defensive driving tactics, which entail remaining aware of your surroundings at all times and following traffic laws to the letter. Esurance offers a few examples of defensive driving behaviors and how they can benefit you.

Maintain a safe distance

Increased road deaths due to ridesharing

Traffic fatalities are on the rise in densely populated cities throughout the United States, including Louisiana, and a new study suggests that ridesharing may be partially to blame.

These results may come as an unwelcome surprise to owners and users of ridesharing companies who frequently tout the practice of ridesharing as a way to remove drunk drivers from the road and thereby improve traffic safety. While removing more inebriated drivers may produce the effect of a higher "quality" of drivers on the road, the "quantity effect" of more vehicles on the road cancels out any potential benefit of fewer drunk drivers, according to the study. 

Taking a look at improper lane usage

On the road, there are all sorts of hazards that can lead to a fatal crash or seriously injured victims, such as icy roads. However, many wrecks are caused by a person’s carelessness or irresponsible behavior, which includes speeding, getting behind the wheel after drinking and so on. Lane usage is another important aspect of safe driving and sadly, some people fail to use lanes properly. Improper lane usage puts lives at risk, including the lives of those who fail to follow traffic safety guidelines.

There are many examples of improper lane usage. A driver may change lanes abruptly and fail to use their signal, without giving another driver enough time to slow down or even realize that they are switching lanes. Moreover, drivers may fail to give enough space when switching lanes. In fact, some drivers may operate their vehicle in the wrong lane altogether, such as those who are headed in the wrong direction.

What should I do in a hit and run accident?

As a driver in New Orleans, being involved in any kind of accident is usually stressful. Hit and run accidents are particularly so, as you may not be able to find the responsible motorist in order to file an accident claim and receive compensation for damage. However, there are steps you can take to seek justice while also preserving the safety of yourself and others. State Farm offers the following advice to help you do just that.

Stay on the scene

Defective windshield wipers and car crashes

Motor vehicle wrecks can occur because of weather conditions, which are completely out of a person’s control, or factors that are fully within a driver’s ability to control, such as excessive speeds and failure to stop. Moreover, some wrecks occur because a vehicle is not maintained properly, whether brakes fail or a tire blows out. Additionally, some people drive around with windshield wipers that are not working properly, and this can be very dangerous.

When windshield wipers are not working properly, a driver may not be able to see very well while it is raining. Decreased visibility can increase the chances of them causing an accident in different ways, whether they do not see a vehicle in front of them, they are not able to see traffic signs or they have trouble staying in their lane. Sometimes, windshield wipers may fail unexpectedly, in which case it is important for drivers to immediately address the situation. If it is raining, staying off of the road until the windshield wipers are working again is very important.

Kids returning to school and auto crashes

Once again, it’s the time of year when many families are preparing to send their children back to school. This season can be full of hope, stress and chaos for parents and their children and there may be an increased risk of a car crash for some families. For example, parents may be under a lot of pressure and more likely to crash due to sleep loss, anxiety, distractions and other factors. It is important to be vigilant during this time of year, especially since an accident can be particularly hard for a child who is focusing on returning to school.

Often, parents face some hurdles during back-to-school season. For example, a parent may have to adjust his or her schedule to drive their children to and from school each day. Before school starts, parents may be running around trying to buy school supplies and clothes. Sadly, accidents that have taken place during this season have resulted in the loss of lives and devastating injuries that have a major impact on a child’s ability to study. Moreover, parents may become involved in a crash regardless of how safe they drive. For example, another parent may be under the same pressures but fail to drive safely, causing a wreck that involves multiple vehicles.