Fatal Louisiana crash highlights importance of safe driving

Think for a minute about some of the main causes of car accidents in Louisiana. There is drunk driving, which we wrote about last week. Other times we hear about a driver speeding or running a red light before a crash. Although there are many causes of car accidents, all of them relate back to unsafe driving. Unfortunately, a recent fatal crash can seemingly be attributed to just that. 

According to Louisiana State Police, a 17-year-old driver failed to stop before driving through the intersection of La. 677 and La. 344. As the New Iberia teenager was making a left turn, another driver crashed into the driver's side of her car. Sadly, the teenager died in the collision. Police are investigating the crash and have sent toxicology samples to the state's crime lab. 

Any fatal accident in our state is a tragedy; no one deserves to lose their life in a car accident. However, this devestating car accident points out again the common factor in many car accidents: unsafe driving.

Louisiana's traffic laws are in place for a reason. Speed limits indicate the safest speed for the road in question, traffic lights help manage the flow of vehicles on Baton Rouge streets, and stop signs remind drivers to look both ways for oncoming traffic before crossing a road. When drivers start disregarding these rules, it is easy to see how terrible the consequences can be. Hopefully drivers in our state will keep this in mind the next time they get behind the wheel. 

Source: The Advocate, "New Iberia girl dies in crash," Sept. 9, 2013

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