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Louisiana drivers 13th worst in the nation

Residents in Louisiana have a lot to be proud of when it comes to the quality of life in their state. People in the south are known for their hospitality and love of family and friends. Unfortunately, it also seems that people in this part of the country are becoming known for their negligent or unsafe driving habits.

MyArkLaMiss.com provided an overview of the results from a Smart Asset study that evaluated a variety of statistics to rank each state in a list titled, "The States With the Worst Drivers". This is definitely one list in which receiving a high ranking is not a positive thing. Louisiana was given a ranking of 13. Other states in the south came in at even higher, or worse, rankings. Mississippi and Alabama took the top two spots, respectively. Florida and Texas shared the number four spot with Nevada. Tennessee was ranked eighth and Arkansas tied with South Carolina at number 11.

Tangipahoa Parrish crash kills teen

Many in Baton Rouge may not understand the responsibility one assumes when they agree to driver others around in their vehicles. Drivers take on the duty of not only making sure that their own actions do not endanger their passenger, but also that those passengers take advantage of whatever safety measures are available to them (such as wearing their seat belts). An argument might be made that adult passengers should be responsible enough to ensure that they themselves are buckled in, yet when children are involved, it is up to the driver to make sure that they are properly secured. 

A failure to do so (coupled with potentially negligent behavior on the part of a driver) can produce results like those seen in a recent crash that occurred on Interstate 55 in Tangipahoa Parrish. Authorities say that a woman was exiting the freeway in her SUV when she lost control of the vehicle. After leaving the road, the SUV rolled several times before coming to a stop. The three children traveling in the vehicle (none of whom were wearing seat belts) were ejected during the crash. One of them (a 15-year-old boy) died from his injuries, while the other two children are currently listed as being in critical condition. 

Types of debt and credit accounts

People who live in Louisiana and struggle to find ways to avoid drowning in debt should make it a priority to understand the different types of debt and credit accounts they may have. This knowledge might give them insights into the best options for managing and reducing their debt.

As explained by U.S. News and World Report, some debt is associated with tangible goods in the form of collateral like an automobile loan or a home mortgage. These debts are called secured debts because the lenders have the security of knowing they may be able to repossess the asset if the debt is not repaid.

Louisiana crash injures officers participating in motorcade

When a president ventures outside the White House, an extensive motorcade comprising 40 to 50 vehicles usually goes along. Some of these are armored vehicles for which the Secret Service is responsible. Other vehicles belong to local law enforcement, officers of which usually head up the procession for purposes of traffic control. When the current president of the United States made a recent visit to Louisiana, a motorcade escorted him to an export facility for a tour from the airport where he arrived. 

While en route from the airport to the other venue, however, there was an accident in which four police officers involved in the motorcade crashed. The president's vehicle and most of the rest of the motorcade traveled on unimpeded, but the rest of the motorcycle escort stopped to deal with the situation. Some of those who stopped rejoined the motorcade later on. 

What are the advantages of Chapter 13?

You may feel as if filing bankruptcy is a terrible thing to do, but you should understand there is a very good reason why it is an option. Sometimes, it is the best way to fix your finances. You have options in the type of bankruptcy you file. Many people choose to file Chapter 13 because of the many benefits that it offers.

The U.S. Courts explains Chapter 13 allows you to pay back your debts using a plan. While you may not pay back everything you owe, it does give you a chance to make things right, which is wonderful if you are not happy about filing because you want to honor your promise to pay creditors. This gives you the chance to do what you can while also ensuring that you can still afford your daily living expenses.

Some habits can help bicyclists prevent being hit by a car

Bicycling can be a healthy form of recreation or a cost-effective mode of transportation. However, without proper safety precautions, bicycling can also be dangerous.

According to the National Safety Council, bicycle accidents caused over 1,000 deaths in the United States in 2017. Over two-thirds of those deaths were due to collisions in which both a bicycle and a motor vehicle were involved. There may always be some risk associated with bicycling, but the benefits can outweigh the risks if you practice safe bicycling habits.

Road rage: How to spot the signs

If you are like a number of other drivers in Louisiana and across the country, you have gotten irritated while waiting in traffic, especially if you are running late to work or an important appointment. Driving behind a slow motorist or in rush hour can be frustrating and it is easy for some people to lose their patience while behind the wheel. In some cases, road rage may take over, and the driver may start to engage in dangerous driving behaviors that could put others on the road at risk. According to AAA, nearly 80% of U.S. drivers admit to having experienced road rage in the past year. While males are more likely to engage in aggressive driving, women drivers are also to blame.

It is important to be on the lookout for aggressive drivers so that you can avoid becoming involved in a car accident. You may also help by reporting aggressive drivers to law enforcement officers so they can handle the situation. By alerting law officers, you may prevent an accident from occurring.

How can I prevent furniture tip overs?

One of the most dangerous accidents in a home is when a large piece of furniture or something like a television falls over on a child. Ensuring this does not happen in your home means taking some safety precautions. You want to make sure that everything in your home is safe for children and pets, who may also get injured due to their curious nature.

Nationwide suggests beginning with securing larger furniture and other items. For example, securing a television involves anchoring it to the wall with straps or brackets. Large furniture also needs secured to the wall. You can often find kits to do this. Some furniture may come with secure kits.

What to do after a car accident

At Pierce & Shows, we know that the aftermath of a motor vehicle accident can be overwhelming. Even if you are not hurt, you may feel a rush of adrenaline that can make it difficult to think clearly about what to do next. While we hope that you never need to put them into practice, we believe it is a good idea to remind yourself once in a while of the things you need to do following a car accident. 

One of the most important steps is to call 911. If there are serious injuries, the dispatcher can send an ambulance, and even in the absence of injuries, it is important to summon law enforcement to the scene and make an accident report. 

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