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4 Simple Maintenance Steps to Prevent Car Accidents

According to the National Safety Council, more than 4.4 million Americans are injured in car accidents every year. Some accidents are an unavoidable part of car transportation, but many of these disasters could easily have been prevented. Here are a few simple car maintenance habits that will keep you safer on the road. 4 Simple Maintenance Steps to Prevent Car Accidents Regularly check your brakes: A slight issue with the effectiveness of your brakes will make a big difference when you’re in a tough situation on the road. You can make sure your brakes are in good condition by checking your brake pads about twice per year. When your brake pads are damaged it leaves the rotors vulnerable to major issues. Keeping the pads in good condition will help prevent accidents and save you money on repairs. Take care of your tires: Letting the treads wear out on your tires…
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Will the Louisiana Roundabout Safety Program Help Save Lives?

The Louisiana State Police are working with a nonprofit traffic safety group to create a roundabout safety program to help improve traffic and reduce the number of accidents. The government will add more roundabouts to Louisiana streets and work with community groups to share proper techniques for using the new intersections. Do Roundabouts Really Prevent Car Accidents? Roundabouts are circular, one-way intersections that are designed to cut congestion and make high-traffic areas safer. According to the Federal Highway Administration, roundabouts are cheaper, more efficient and above all safer than more conventional intersections. The most comprehensive study to date on their effectiveness shows that roundabouts reduced the total number of traffic accidents by 35 percent, the number of injuries by 76 percent and the number of traffic fatalities by more than 90 percent. How Do Roundabouts Affect Pedestrians and Cyclists? Studies also show that these changes in urban planning can also…
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Seatbelts Might Have Saved These Two Louisiana Children

Two Louisiana children were killed in separate car accidents only hours apart from one another. Both died after being thrown from their car. Neither child was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident. This raises the question as to whether buckling up could have prevented these tragedies. The first accident occurred after the driver made an improper left turn and veered off of the road. The car flipped, and the child was ejected and killed. There were several other people in the vehicle at the time of the crash. All of these passengers were treated with varying levels of injuries, but they are all expected to recover safely. Drunk driving may have been a factor, but the toxicology testing is still underway. The second accident happened near the Acadia Parish when the driver overcorrected after trying to avoid an accident. The driver, who was also not wearing a…
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