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AAA: cellphone use drives up crash risks

It's a common sight as you drive around Lake Charles: people talking on their cellphones while they're behind the wheel of their moving vehicle. Young, old and in-between do it, often unaware of the risks involved.

The American Automobile Association just released a new study that makes the risks clear: people who talk or text or access the internet on their phones while driving are 2 to 8 times more likely to be in a crash as drivers who aren't distracted by electronic devices.

Traffic safety past, present and future

It is customary in the first days of a new year to look both backwards and forwards in time. So let's take a quick look at how auto safety has improved in the recent past and what we can expect in the days ahead.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration divides auto safety into five eras. The first extends from 1950 all the up to 2000. During those years, safety features we take for granted today were introduced one by one: seatbelts, padded dashboards, airbags, antilock brakes and much more.

When divorce looms over the new year

The holiday season is about to come to a close. The presents have been unwrapped, the Christmas tree is getting a bit dry and it's just about time to issue a New Year's resolution. After 2018 has been rung in, many couples will experience one more holiday tradition: filing for divorce in Lake Charles.

"Divorce Day" is the first working Monday after the holiday season is over. In 2018, it will fall on January 8. For many couples, that's the day when they stop trying to make marriage work and decide instead to make a clean break and get a fresh start in the new year.

Three ways to avoid the worst Christmas ever

In some ways, the lights atop a police car can appear festive when they flash. During the holiday season, police car lights might even remind you of a Christmas tree. But there is no doubt that when a police car lights up in your rear-view mirror, it causes a sinking feeling. If you were drinking before getting behind the wheel of your vehicle, being pulled over by Lake Charles police can mean that you will face arrest for drunk driving, jail time, fines, mandated installation of an ignition interlock device and more.

Few things can ruin Christmas or New Year's faster than a DWI. Let's take a quick look at a few precautions you can take to help you avoid the worst holiday season ever.

Proposed protection in tractor-trailer underride crashes

As Lake Charles motorists head out onto Interstate 10 to visit friends and family for the holidays, they will share the road with the most dangerous things on wheels: tractor-trailers. Among the most deadly motor vehicle crashes are truck underride accidents that take place when passenger cars collide with 18-wheelers.

In an underride crash, the car slides under the truck, striking the underside of the larger vehicle. These collisions often result in devastating head and neck injuries on impact; in many cases causing fatalities, even at low speeds.

Separating divorce facts from divorce fictions

Before you drive a car, hold a job or become a parent, you have preconceived ideas about what those experiences will be like. The reality of the experience is often far different from the preconceived notions about driving, working, parenting and many other parts of life.

So it is with divorce: preconceived ideas clash with the reality of ending your marriage. Many people think divorce will be X, and then it turns out to be Y and Z instead. A recent news article by a financial advice site seeks to separate divorce fictions from fact so that you will be better prepared to tackle one of life's great challenges.

Louisiana State Troopers under investigation for possible payroll fraud

The goal of the statewide highway enforcement program known as LACE (Local Agency Compensated Enforcement) was three-pronged: it helped Calcasieu Parish and other jurisdictions enforce traffic laws, while also generating revenue and enabling state troopers to earn overtime pay.

The program was recently suspended by the Louisiana State Police after a New Orleans TV station aired a report that three troopers were claiming pay for hours that they did not work. So far, no criminal charges have been filed but State Police superintendent Col. Kevin Reeves put the three officers on administrative leave and ordered a criminal investigation into possible payroll fraud.

Car insurance won't cover all of my injury costs? What should I do?

For car accident victims, one of the most pressing questions after the crash is, "How will I get my medical bills paid?"

The reality is that the required minimum for liability insurance coverage in Louisiana is not likely to cover the full cost of a serious injury, and people need to know their full range of options for obtaining compensation for medical expenses.

Holiday spoiler alert: roads are going to be crowded

Lake Charles sits between two of America's great cities: Houston, Texas, and Louisiana's own New Orleans. So it is not surprising to see holiday travelers on Interstate 10 headed from one to the other, and to see thousands more coming here to spend Thanksgiving with friends and family.

It is reasonable to assume that I-10 is going to busier this holiday season than it has for some time. AAA expects that because of a strong economy and upbeat consumers, Americans are going to hit the roads in greater numbers than they have in a dozen years. The good news is tempered by the fact that increased holiday traffic means motor vehicle accidents, injuries and fatalities are likely to rise as well.

Tax proposal would eliminate alimony deduction

We don't take political positions in our Lake Charles legal blog, but we do try to keep readers up to date on politicians' proposals that could have an impact on family law.

As you know, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Paul Ryan recently unveiled a plan to overhaul the nation's tax code. If passed and signed into law, the tax proposal would eliminate the deduction for spousal support (also known as alimony).

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