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Accident on Louisiana Interstate 10 kills one

A 27-year-old man was charged with reckless operation after allegedly killing another driver in a car accident in Gonzales on Feb. 21. The crash occurred just past Louisiana 30 on Interstate 10 at about 5:15 a.m.

The 27-year-old was driving a 2003 Acura RSX when he struck a 2004 Isuzu Rodeo headed west on the interstate, and the collision sent the SUV into the air. The Isuzu landed next to the interstate in a grassy area located on Boudreaux Road. The 66-year-old driver of the SUV, who was from Baton Rouge, died even though he was wearing his seat belt when the crash occurred.

How to explain road rage

Louisiana residents might have heard of a recent case in which a woman was shot and killed in a road rage incident. While many people experience feelings of anger while driving, it is not clear why this happens. One theory is that a car is a small space that people feel invincible in. Because of this, those who may act calm and rational in other areas of life explode with anger in their cars.

Another factor that might explain road rage is the fact that people feel anonymous while in their vehicles. Without a relationship or a personal connection with the other driver, it becomes easier to yell or raise a finger at them after being cut off. Additionally, those who engage in this type of behavior may believe that it is easy to drive off after making a rude gesture with no consequences for those actions.

1 dead in Louisiana accident

One person was killed in a two-vehicle accident on Louisiana Highway 594 on Feb. 19. The accident, at the intersection of LA 594 and Rowland Road in Ouachita Parish, took place just before 8 p.m.

Louisiana State Police Troopers report that the fatal motor vehicle accident involved a GMC pickup truck driven by a 35-year-old Monroe man and a Chevrolet Equinox driven by a 62-year-old Monroe woman. The man had been traveling east on Rowland Avenue when he failed to stop at a stop sign and yield the right of way, crashing into the Equinox, which had been northbound on LA 594.

Product liability awards rise in 2014

When products have design or manufacturing defects, they can put the public at risk for serious injury or even death. In the past year, product recalls have increased, Congress has held hearings and juries have awarded more billion-dollar settlements than they have in a decade. The largest award was for $23.6 billion for the family of a 36-year-old smoker who died, and the second-largest for $9 billion was to a New Yorker man who claimed that his bladder cancer was the result of a diabetes medicine.

Companies appeal large awards, which are typically for punitive damages rather than actual losses, as verdicts may damage their reputation and stock values. Such an appeal was successful during a $145-billion class-action suit over tobacco, the largest of its kind in 2000.

Louisiana man killed in moped collision

On Thursday, Feb. 12, a 33-year-old St. Bernard Parish man was killed while driving his 2013 Taoi moped eastbound on Louisiana 300 near Deborah Drive. The accident occurred when a 2001 Chevrolet Astro van turned from Deborah Drive onto Louisiana 300 in front of the moped causing it to hit the rear of the van. The moped driver was thrown from the vehicle.

The St. Bernard Parish man was transported to the Interim LSU Hospital's trauma center but was pronounced dead. There were no injuries reported to the 29-year-old van driver. A Breathalyzer test was administered to the van driver and no alcohol was detected. Toxicology results are still pending, and the investigation is ongoing.

Worn tires may cause Louisiana accidents

All motorists have a legal obligation to operate a vehicle with reasonable care in order to reduce the potential for causing harm to others. Keeping a vehicle properly maintained is just one aspect of safeguarding against auto accidents. The condition of the vehicle's tires, for example, warrants specific attention regarding wear and tear. Some research suggests that when the tread on tires become worn, traction can be significantly affected, which affects a driver's ability to safely control the vehicle in a variety of circumstances.

When rainy weather results in wet road conditions, drivers need to exercise caution to avoid a car accident. The grooves on a tire provide a way for rainwater to be rerouted as a car drives through puddles. If the tires are worn and the grooves have lost depth, the tire may skim over the surface of the water and become unresponsive to the steering wheel. In addition, vehicles with worn tires also tend to take longer to slow down on wet pavement, making it necessary for drivers to factor in the extra time needed to come to a safe stop. This can be particularly dangerous if other motorists are in the vicinity and a safe distance between vehicles was not maintained during travel.

Louisiana car accidents and whiplash injuries

Whiplash is one of the most frequently occurring types of injuries from which people who are involved in car accidents may suffer. The injury, which involves soft tissue damage to the muscles, tendons and ligaments in the neck, can result in debilitation lasting for weeks, months or even years, depending on its severity.

Since whiplash is not an externally visible injury and also because its symptoms may not show for hours or days, it is often poorly understood. The injury is a real one, however. Muscles and tendons may be stretched beyond their normal limits, resulting in tears and even herniated discs in the cervical region of the spine.

Airbags subject to second recall

As Louisiana residents may know, a previous recall in some of the 2.1 million vehicles due to defective airbags may have failed to solve the problem. Replacement parts may be unavailable until the end of the year for vehicles that were previously recalled due to problems with faulty inflators. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, earlier repairs are believed to be effective in up to 85 percent of the recalled vehicles, and consumers are urged to wait until components are available to make repairs and not disable their airbags. Toyota, however, is urging customers to go ahead with disabling them in the meantime.

Earlier repairs from the previous recall consisted of fixing a manufacturing defect in the inflators of the Takata airbag potentially causing them to explode and endanger those in the vehicle with flying shrapnel. The defective part has reportedly caused several injuries and deaths. However, following the initial repairs, at least one auto maker has received reports of sudden airbag deployment, and the NHTSA has received reports of 39 vehicles whose airbags have deployed following the earlier repair.

Sunbeam recalls defective heater that sprays hot oil

The Sunbeam Corporation has issued a recall affecting anyone in Louisiana who purchased a product they manufactured that has been shown to be defective. Their Holmes brand of space heaters has been demonstrated to be capable of malfunctioning and spraying hot oil during ordinary use. This has the capacity to be extremely dangerous and damaging to both structures and people.

Approximately 34,000 units sold are affected by the recall. They were 23-inch tall plug-in heaters that work with oil. These models were marketed at Target and a variety of smaller department stores for a suggested retail price of $50. All models affected by the recall were sold between August and November of 2014.

Fiery Louisiana car accident kills one, severely injures another

According to the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Office, a car accident occurred around 8:10 a.m. on Jan. 23 on the Belle Chasse Bridge. The incident took place when a pick-up truck lost control of his vehicle and crashed into the metal grating on the drawbridge.

He was allegedly driving at high speed during rainy conditions. The force of impact into the grate caused his vehicle to strike into the guardrail and then catch on fire. At the same time, another vehicle that was approaching was unable to stop in time and slammed into the immobile truck. Authorities advised that no one in the second vehicle was seriously injured during the collision. However, one person died, and another was seriously injured in the collision. The injured party was taken to the Interim LSU Hospital in New Orleans and was treated in the trauma wing.

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