In a rare bit of good news for Louisiana motorists, recent statistics show that the number of fatal Louisiana car accidents has actually decreased. This decrease is consistent with the overall decrease in traffic-related deaths nationwide.
These numbers clearly show that Louisiana is enjoying a positive trend with respect to driver safety. Drivers may not be too impressed with the roughly three percent decrease in fatal Louisiana car accidents between 2012 and 2013. But, the fact that traffic deaths have decreased by almost thirty percent since 2007 is great news.
Bicycle riders should be particularly happy with the recent study. It showed that the number of bicycle-related fatalities decreased by almost half (from 24 in 2012 to 13 in 2013).
Causes of Traffic Deaths
Countless lives are lost in auto accidents because drivers are not wearing their seatbelts. More than half of the drivers and half of the passengers who lost their lives in Louisiana car accidents in 2013 were not wearing seatbelts. Not only will wearing a seatbelt keep you from getting pulled over, it just might save your life.
One of the other most common causes of fatal auto accidents is drunk driving. Unfortunately, this is one area where Louisiana has not improved. Although the state was only slightly above the national average for drunk driving fatalities, it is still a glaring problem that needs to be addressed.
Efforts to Reduce Fatal Louisiana Car Accidents
Recent television advertisement campaigns are one of the most prominent ways that authorities are working to curb irresponsible driving behavior. In previous years and still today, seatbelt use and drunk driving have been a heavy focus of these TV ads. Now, however, texting while driving has started to receive the same amount of treatment and rightfully so.
In addition to advertising, changes to Louisiana’s roadways are aimed at making them safer for residents. For example, around New Orleans and throughout the state, millions of dollars have been spent to install bicycle lanes. This will hopefully reduce the number of accidents involving bicycle riders. Also, efforts are being made to make the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway safer following a recent increase in fatal accidents on the bridge.
New Orleans Car Accident Attorney
These stats should be encouraging for Louisiana residents, but there’s still a ways to go. 703 people lost their lives in fatal Louisiana car accidents in 2013. That’s an average of almost two people every day.
Even with improvements to the roads and increased awareness of irresponsible driving behaviors, accidents still happen. If you’re involved in an auto accident in Louisiana, The Mahone Firm is here to help. Call (504) 564-7342 for a free consultation with a New Orleans personal injury attorney.