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Should collision warning systems be fast tracked for large trucks?

The writing is clearly on the wall, apparent for all to see.

More accurately, its bottom line is prevalent in a study recently released by the research organization Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Will this behind-the-wheel trucking change promote or hinder safety?

Many of our readers in Louisiana and elsewhere have likely heard the term "hours of service" (HOS) in reference to the commercial trucking industry.

Its thrust is quite simple and premised on public safety. Truck drivers across the country were at one time unburdened by any regulation that limited the hours they spent behind the wheel on a given day. They are now limited by federal law to a maximum workday of 14 hours, with no more than 11 of those hours actually spent driving.

Even a minor crash can cause serious back injuries

If you suffered injuries in a Louisiana car accident, you know firsthand how your injuries can change the course of your life. This is especially true if you suffered a back injury or damage to your neck. Even a low-speed collision can cause serious damage, leaving you in pain and requiring extensive medical treatment. You would be wise not to underestimate the potential impacts of this type of injury. 

Back and neck injuries can range from mildly painful to paralyzing. The back and neck are sensitive and complex areas of the body, and a car accident can result in damage that may affect you long-term or even for the rest of your life. There are different types of back and neck injuries, and they all have the potential to affect your life in varying ways.

Do the brakes need to be tapped on self-driving cars?

If you're a forward-thinking person who is an avid self-driving car enthusiast, you might want to temporarily park visions of partying soon in the back seat of a driverless vehicle.

Here's why: Empirical evidence points to accident risks involving autonomous cars that are far higher presently than a trusting public assumes.

Did you lose your spleen as the result of a car accident?

No one can predict what someone will endure during a car accident. Some people may go through accidents that seem horrific due to the crunched metal and multiple vehicles involved but are fortunate enough to walk away without injuries. Other individuals may suffer severe injuries that need emergency medical care. Unfortunately, you fell into the latter category.

Though you have always done your best to drive safely, you could not avoid the accident that led to your recent internal injury. Another driver may have allowed distraction or recklessness to cloud his or her good judgment and, as a result, caused an accident that left you seriously injured. Now, you have to determine how to move forward.

Tort reform accident bill enacted as Louisiana law

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards begrudgingly signaled a legislative bill as new law with a stroke of his pen recently.

Prominent pro-business supporters and advocacy groups, along with Republican lawmakers, were ecstatic that their long-fought attempt to shore up so-called “tort reform” law in the state will now take effect.

Could this one vehicle upgrade save thousands of lives annually?

Well, here’s an upgrade.

The ignition interlock devices that some motorists in Louisiana and nationally are required to use following drunk driving convictions mandate a bit of driver-technology interplay. That is, a would-be driver must blow into an IID and obtain a legal blood-alcohol reading before he or she can start a vehicle.

Forklift safety: a strong reason for close and regular scrutiny

Forklifts are so common in the American workplace landscape that most people likely never give them a thought. Arguably, they are the essential work assist and daily MVP in diverse factory, industrial, retail and other environments. Employers in virtually all realms unquestionably regard them as indispensable.

Safety regulators say that they should also be considered in this additional light: as catalysts that can promote serious injuries for operators, in-proximity employees and additional third parties.

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