Car accidents continue to be one of the leading causes of injury and death in Louisiana and across the country. Most drivers are aware of the dangers associated with the reckless and dangerous operation of a vehicle, such as distracted driving and speeding, yet the number of personal injury incidents on the road remain high. In fact, 2018 was the third deadliest year of the past decade in terms of car accidents.
According to a report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 36,750 people suffered fatal injuries in car accidents last year. This number is high, but it is actually 1% lower than the year before. Driver error and poor choices continue to be the leading causes of accidents, including things like texting, driving too fast or driving without enough experience.
Interestingly, car accident rates have not dropped significantly over the last several years even though accident awareness is at an all-time high. More cars are coming with built-in safety features, such as crash avoidance technology. Even with these things, fatal collisions are happening at an alarming rate. No matter what features are in a car or how educated a driver is about road safety, each person is still responsible for making safe choices while operating a vehicle.
Victims of car accidents may find it beneficial to explore their legal options after a crash. Through a personal injury or wrongful death claim, it may be possible to recoup financial losses and hold the liable party accountable. A complete evaluation of the case can help a Louisiana victim understand how to proceed with the appropriate course of action.