In 2021, the state of Louisiana reported a total of 997 highway fatalities, breaking its previous 2007 record of 993 deaths by motor vehicle accidents. With an average of 3 deaths per day and 914 crashes in total, the rise in car accidents is alarming and therefore worth investigating.
Identifying the common causes of car accidents can help the residents of Baton Rouge take steps to help increase road safety in the community. Here are the most common causes:
In recent years, texting while driving has led to increased accidents. Even having a hands-free conversation can be a distraction since it takes the driver’s focus off the road. Other distractions include paying attention to children in the back seat, fiddling with the radio and GPS or eating.
There are laws against distracted driving in Louisiana, but people still do it anyway. This is because they don’t think that it will happen to them. These people think they can handle talking on the phone or texting while driving. But the truth is that you can’t focus on two things simultaneously and drive safely.
Rain, sleet, snow, ice, high winds and roadway hazards such as potholes can make it difficult to control a car, leading to accidents. Many drivers fail to adjust their speed or driving habits to the changing weather, and that can easily lead to wrecks.
Failure to obey traffic laws
Blowing through a stop sign or driving over the speed limit are some everyday careless actions that put all road users in danger. Traffic laws/signs exist to enforce order and ensure the safety of motorists.
Many road accidents are caused by drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and many of these wrecks result in death or serious injuries. Driving while intoxicated can lead to impaired judgment and slower reaction time, making it difficult to control your car.
Accidents can happen anytime, anywhere, and to anyone. Although the process of seeking compensation for your losses can be difficult, it is important to hold negligent drivers accountable.