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Automated Driver-Assist Vehicles Remain Works in Progress

Despite the many technological advances in recent years, the human brain is still much better at certain calculations and assessments than the sensors and computers packed into cars with autonomous driving systems. The motor vehicle crash involving a Tesla Model S on a highway last year illustrates the point.

The Tesla was in its Autopilot mode when it failed to recognize that a police car and fire truck ahead were stopped on the roadway. So the Model S slammed into the back of the stationary truck, giving the human driver a warning of impending collision one half-second before the crash.

Louisiana State Police lieutenant charged with DWI and more

One of the law enforcement agencies we count on most in Lake Charles is the Louisiana State Police. However, one of their own is in serious legal trouble after he was recently arrested for drunk driving and speeding.

The 48-year-old lieutenant was off-duty when he was pulled over for speeding and improper lane usage by fellow troopers at about 1:30 a.m.

Community property: what it means in your Louisiana divorce

Veteran talk show host Larry King has filed for his eighth divorce from his seventh wife. King was married and divorced from one woman twice.

The 85-year-old cited irreconcilable differences in the paperwork his family law attorney filed for him in court. Though the long-time TV host doesn’t live here in Louisiana – he filed for divorce in his home state of California – the two places share an important aspect of divorce law. Both are among the nine community property states.

Part II: What happens when a traffic safety expert buys a new car?

Regular readers of our Lake Charles Legal Blog will recall that a few days ago, we shared a story about Dr. Neil Chaudhary, a traffic safety expert who recently purchased a new vehicle. The distracted driving specialist for the Preusser Research Group (PRG) said he was struck by the large infotainment system in his car’s dashboard.

“My assumption was this thing wouldn’t be in my vehicle if it was going to be a distraction,” Chaudhary said. “But I found it incredibly dangerous.” He cited research that shows that the systems can be especially dangerous for older drivers, who can be distracted for eight seconds longer by the systems than younger drivers and thus be more likely to cause a motor vehicle crash.

Part I: What happens when a traffic safety expert buys a new car?

When most of us buy a new car, we enjoy driving around Lake Charles in a vehicle that’s not only shiny and clean, but with better performance and comfort than our old one. Many of us will also enjoy the new infotainment system in the vehicle’s dash, filled with useful information such as maps and directions, weather, mileage and so on. It also enables drivers to make or receive phone calls and listen to the radio or streaming music.

But what happens when a traffic safety expert buys a new vehicle? Do they react to the bells and whistles as we do? Not exactly. A reporter recently spoke with a distracted driving specialist who just purchased a new vehicle. Spoiler alert: Dr. Neil Chaudhary found the infotainment system to be “incredibly dangerous”; the very type of distraction that can lead to motor vehicle crashes, injuries and fatalities.

Louisiana man faces cocaine, marijuana trafficking charges

If you drive north of Lake Charles for about 195 miles, you will arrive in Monroe. The eighth-largest city in Louisiana is home to a 32-year-old man who faces a series of serious drug-related criminal charges.

After a three-month investigation, Louisiana State Troopers arrested the man on drug-trafficking charges that include allegations that he distributed cocaine, methamphetamine, alprazolam (Xanax) and marijuana.

Can social media affect my divorce?

No one can discount how popular using social media has become. Any day, you can log on and see elaborate pregnancy announcements, marriage proposals or news about someone's latest promotion. However, if you're going through a difficult divorce, what role might social media play in your divorce proceedings? The answer often is a larger one that you may be aware of.

According to a National Law review article earlier this year, now 81% of attorneys find evidence on social media they feel is worth presenting in court. As a result, more and more divorce and family law attorneys recommend deactivating your social media account while going through a divorce because social media posts can affect your divorce proceedings.

Surprising statistic about war and motor vehicle crashes

The sacrifices made by Americans who fought and died in defense of freedom in World War I and World War II are essential parts of history. The U.S. lost 535,000 military personnel in those two epic wars, but the nation has lost even more people on our streets and highways since January of 2000, according to a recent report.

More than 624,000 people died in motor vehicle crashes since the turn of the century, and more are added every day. Last year, more than 36,000 people were killed in car accidents, with more than two million injured.

A look at the financial impact of gray divorce

Divorce rates for people age 50 and above have doubled since 1990 and the rate for those age 65 and over has tripled, according to the Pew Research Center. But divorce in retirement presents financial challenges that most married couples will avoid.

For instance, so-called “gray divorce” has an impact for many on Social Security retirement benefits. In general, a person can claim benefits based on their ex-spouse’s work history if they were married at least a decade (but are not currently married) and that former spouse is eligible for benefits and is at least 62 years old.

Trucker arrested after apparently deliberate road rage crash

Everyone who has driven around Lake Charles knows the feeling: you are motoring along when you see two other drivers honking, gesturing and sometimes yelling at each other. Their flash of anger typically dissipates quickly and everyone drives off to their destinations no worse for the wear. But sometimes drivers experience a rush of adrenaline and ire that takes over.

Road rage is apparently at the root of a recent 18-wheeler crash that left a Louisiana motorcyclist dead.

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