If you drive about 120 miles northeast of Lake Charles, you will come to the small city of Marksville, the seat of Avoyelles Parish. The area is in shock and grief after a dozen parishioners from the Avoyelles House of Mercy traveling in a church van were in a fiery interstate crash that left seven people dead and eight others injured.
This past year has been a wild ride, but 2018 is drawing to a close. It will end as all years do: with a big party on New Year’s Eve. While most Lake Charles residents will ring out the old year with family and friends in a responsible way, there unfortunately be those who will refuse to listen to the warnings and the overwhelming evidence of the dangers of drinking and driving. They will ignore it all and get behind the wheel of their vehicle and drive while drunk.
A fatal motor vehicle crash happens somewhere in Louisiana every 11 hours, 21 minutes and 42 seconds, according to a new traffic study by Louisiana State University. That is almost exactly two people per day being killed in wrecks on our state’s highways, streets and roads.
It’s not uncommon to see folks talking on their phones as they drive around Lake Charles. A new study finds that those motorists are putting themselves and others at risk of causing car crashes that result in injuries, however.
The youngest participants in Lake Charles’ morning rush hours are also its most precious: children. They’re today’s joy and tomorrow’s promise, but they are also in danger of being harmed by distracted drivers. According to a news source, a series of recent early-morning distracted driving crashes across the nation claimed the lives of five schoolkids and left a half-dozen others hospitalized with injuries.
Regular readers of our Lake Charles legal blog undoubtedly recall our recent post about the dangers posed to drivers by fatigued truckers. As we stated a few days ago, the most common cause of 18-wheeler crashes is sleep-deprived truck drivers.
They roll through Lake Charles all day and all night. Tractor-trailers move needed goods into our city and take locally produced products elsewhere. While most trucking is done carefully and safely, the industry is nevertheless plagued by violent truck accidents that result in serious injuries and deaths.
It is that time of the year in Calcasieu Parish: summer vacations have come to a close for public school students. The bell has rung and classes have restarted.
The truckers piloting the tractor-trailers that roll in and out of Lake Charles – or rumble by on their way elsewhere – are often making journeys of hundreds of miles at a stretch. To try to maximize their pay and minimize their time on the road, some truckers will drive 9, 10 or 11 hours at time. As many of our readers know, the maximum allowed to truckers by law is 11 hours.
Louisiana has an enviable combination of natural resources (oil and natural gas) and modes of transportation that includes busy ports, waterways and interstate highways. While the combination keeps the state’s economy moving, it also means that Louisiana work-related accidents can mean serious injuries or even fatalities.