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How Could Holiday Travel Put You at Higher Risk for a Drowsy Driving Accident?

Last year, the American Automobile Association (AAA) estimated there to be 97.4 million road trips across the United States between December 23 and January 1. Though the sheer increase in drivers could cause a spike in traffic accidents, there could also be an increase in drowsy driving accidents due to a few reasons.  Avoiding traffic congestion. Many holiday travelers try to avoid traffic congestion by driving early in the morning or late at night. According to AAA, last year, the worst time to be on the road for traffic congestion was late afternoon to early evening. However, when people drive during hours when their bodies are usually asleep, there could be an increased chance for drowsy driving. Sometimes, people cannot control when they fall asleep. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) claims that many drowsy driving accidents occur between 12 a.m. and 6 a.m.  Traveling after work. Christmas Eve…
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5 Reasons Driving During the Thanksgiving Holiday Is Dangerous

Last year, according to Louisiana’s Highway Safety Research Group (HSRG), there were 564 traffic crashes on Louisiana roads during the Thanksgiving holiday period. The holiday period began at 6:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving Eve and went through midnight of the following Monday. Out of those traffic crashes, nearly 11 percent were in Calcasieu and Lafayette Parish. These numbers do not reflect commercial vehicle crashes. Why are the roads so dangerous during this time of year? Reason #1: Traffic Congestion With millions of people on the roads during the Thanksgiving holiday, there is more traffic congestion. An increase in traffic could cause a higher risk for accidents. In addition, many people traveling during Thanksgiving will be driving on unfamiliar roads. Traffic congestion along with unsafe driving behaviors such as distracted driving or aggressive driving could cause more traffic accidents. Reason #2: Speeding Thanksgiving is on a week day. Many people have to…
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How Could This Crane Accident in Houston Have Been Avoided?

Crane accidents are one of the most common incidents to occur on oil fields and oil rigs. It’s unfortunately easy for crane operators to not be properly trained in handling the crane equipment, or they might not be aware of any changes in operating practices. This summer, it will be the 10th anniversary of one of the deadliest crane accidents that has occurred. Investigations have already been conducted, but it’s important to reflect on what happened during this accident and how the lessons learned can help prevent this from happening again. What Happened? This accident happened at an oil refinery in Houston in the summer of 2008. The crane collapsed and killed four workers while injuring seven others. The fatal accident raised concerns about the safety of operating cranes and the safety of the actual cranes themselves. The crane from this Houston accident was owned by Deep South Crane &…
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