Unfortunately, hit and run accidents are a far too common occurrence. Individuals may flee the scene of a Baton Rouge accident for various reasons. A motorist may have a suspended license, no insurance or a warrant out for their arrest. Whatever their reasons for fleeing the scene of the accident, a driver leaves you in a precarious position when they do so.
Drivers have long been taught to put their hands at the 10 and 2 positions on the steering wheel, but this isn't the recommended positioning any longer. If your vehicle has an air bag and you're in an accident with your hands at 10 and 2, you could face some serious injuries because of the air bag deployment.
If your bike rides take you out of your neighborhood and onto busy streets (and maybe even highways), it's wise to keep in mind that drivers may not be as conscientious about sharing the road with you as they are in areas with clearly marked bike lanes.
Probably the most frightening thing you can encounter on a Louisiana highway is a driver who is traveling in the wrong direction toward you. That nightmare scenario killed a 20-year-old Morganza man earlier this month. A 26-year-old man, also from Morganza, has been charged with negligent homicide.
We typically have no control over whom we share the road with. Even Louisiana law enforcement officers can become the victims of drivers who are under the influence.
Safe driving requires good judgment. That can be a frightening realization for parents helping their teens learn to drive at a time in their life when their judgment may be flawed at best. However, as drivers, we have to be able to size up situations and react at a moment's notice.
It's not uncommon for people who have suffered injuries in a car accident to be dealing with the ramifications for weeks, months or even longer. Doctors can sew up lacerations and set broken bones. However, physical therapy is often needed to prevent underlying injuries from causing chronic pain or long-term mobility issues.
Intersections are referred to by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) as "planned points of conflict in any roadway system". Yes, you read that correctly. If it concerns you that federal officials would refer to intersections as places where conflict is planned to occur, then that's a good thing. Everyone could stand to be a bit more cautious in and around intersections. They're quite dangerous after all.
Distracted driving is a big problem throughout the Baton Rouge area. With the interstate and major thoroughfares snaking through the city, drivers must head out on the road only when they're ready to give their full attention to driving. Unfortunately, many people who live in Louisiana and those who are traveling through our beautiful state allow themselves to become distracted by various things.
A person who is struck by a vehicle should do a self-evaluation to determine whether they feel they need emergency medical care or not. It is imperative that you get the care you need if you're in a crash. Even if you aren't critically injured, having an evaluation by a medical professional might be in order.