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.
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.
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.
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.
Police said they do not believe that alcohol or drugs played a role in the tragedy. Instead, the violent, head-on interstate crash has been blamed on confusion in an older driver.
Every year, new cars come equipped with innovative features designed to dazzle prospective buyers. Cars can now park themselves, keep track of which lane you’re in and even clean their own windows.
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.