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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 Do I File a Claim After a Hit-and-Run Car Accident?

According to a new study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, hit-and-run accidents and fatalities are at an all-time high. Louisiana, along with New Mexico and Florida, made the top of the list for the highest death rates from hit-and-run crashes. A hit-and-run car accident occurs when a driver intentionally leaves a car accident scene without providing contact information or speaking with law enforcement. This happens if a car hits you and drives off, or if a car crashes into your unattended parked car with no contact information provided. Since this type of car accident is a unique incident, victims of a hit-and-run sometimes wonder how they should file an injury claim. How Do I File My Insurance Claim After a Hit and Run? Most uninsured motorist coverage from your car insurance company covers accidents that were hit-and-runs. Certain states, such as Louisiana, do not allow UM property damage…
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