Tractor-trailers are the biggest things rolling down Interstate 10 as it passes through Lake Charles. The big rigs that weigh tens of thousands of pounds more than passenger vehicles are also the most difficult vehicles to maneuver or stop.
It’s a common sight around Lake Charles: drivers with one hand on the steering wheel and one hand holding a phone to an ear. It’s clear when watching their animated expressions and gestures that they’re enjoying their conversation – and that they’re not paying attention to other vehicles or traffic signs.
If you drive about 70 miles east of Lake Charles, you will come to St. Landry Parish. Louisiana State Police say that is where a violent rear-end collision took place recently in which a man was killed and two people were injured.
As regular readers of our Lake Charles legal blog know, we regularly write about the dangers posed to drivers of passenger vehicles by lumbering, 18-wheel behemoths on Interstate 10. Tractor-trailers are long, tall, heavy and slow to stop and difficult to maneuver.
A recent article in online news magazine Slate makes an interesting connection between the tragic Ethiopian Airlines crash and today’s highly evolved automobiles. In the airline crash that killed everyone on board, it is suspected that navigation software called MCAS might have caused the 737 Max to nosedive after takeoff from Addis Ababa.
If you drive east of Lake Charles on Interstate 10 for about 150 miles, you will wind up in Ascension Parish. A recent multi-vehicle highway crash there claimed the life of a 21-year-old St. Amant woman.
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.