Residents in Louisiana are used to officials launching campaigns to raise awareness about the danger of drunk driving. These efforts are common around key holiday times like the Fourth of July, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Mardi Gras and others. In recent years, such efforts have been launched that center around distracted driving, including a new campaign around the state's capital.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here at Pierce & Shows, APLC, in Louisiana, we represent numerous clients who have suffered catastrophic injuries in a motor vehicle accident. Consequently, we know that one of the worst injuries you can suffer in a car crash is a traumatic brain injury. Unfortunately, approximately 286,000 people suffer such an injury each year according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.