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Beware the holiday season uptick in car accidents around Louisiana

The holiday season brings an increased risk of accidents on Louisiana roads.
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    January 18, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- With Thanksgiving just behind us and Christmas around the corner, the holiday season is officially off and running in Louisiana and across the cdountry. Halls are being decked, wreaths are being hung, trees are being decorated and holiday meals are being planned. Something else being planned? Holiday travel.

Tens of millions of drivers hit the road each year to travel for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's get-togethers with family and friends. Higher traffic loads - particularly on ice-slickened roads or on snowy days- can only mean one thing: higher accident rates. Accidents are already common, with the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reporting more than 2 million annual emergency room visits for myriad injuries directly related to car or truck accidents, including:
- Whiplash / soft tissue injuries
- Deep cuts or lacerations
- Broken bones
- Crush injuries to limbs or digits (particularly common when vehicles roll over, sometimes resulting in amputation)
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Paralysis
- Internal injuries to organs like the kidneys, liver or spleen

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 34,000 people were killed in car accidents in 2012, an increase of more than five percent over 2011. Many of those lives could have been saved by drivers taking simple precautions to increase safety while on the road.

Staying safe

Some motor vehicle accidents, like skidding when your car hits black ice on the highway and striking another vehicle, may be difficult to avoid. Black ice is a particularly nasty consequence of cold temperatures and high vehicle traffic, and is usually not visible from the driver's perspective; even someone going under the posted speed limit could potentially lose control if the car hits a patch of ice.

Other truck or car accidents might be prevented if drivers take basic safety precautions necessary for winter travel. These precautions are even helpful in Louisiana, where, admittedly, blizzard or white-out conditions are exceedingly rare due to our temperate climate, but the roads do sometimes ice over in the colder months.

For example, keeping tires properly inflated will not only improve the car's gas mileage, it will also help the vehicle maintain better traction on the road should weather conditions worsen. In addition, regular preventative maintenance like oil changes, brake inspections and tire rotations can identify and repair engine, brake or transmission system issues (and worn tires that can lead to a blowout) before they cause a driver to lose control and crash. Furthermore, paying close attention to the road - not driving while distracted or under the influence of a bit too much "holiday cheer" - will also help drivers stay in control of their vehicles.

Getting the help you need

Have you or a loved one been injured in a motor vehicle accident on a Louisiana roadway? Do you need help holding the at-fault party responsible for the harms you have suffered? If so, contact a skilled personal injury attorney in your area for more information about your legal rights and options.

Article provided by Bohrer Law Firm, L.L.C.
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