According to a global road safety initiative, over 143 million drivers and bikers commute on U.S. roadways each day. They share the roads with millions of pedestrians and cyclists. Every year, over 30,000 people across the country, including many in Louisiana, lose their lives in car accidents.
Primary crash contributing factors
Here are the most common causes of fatal accidents on U.S. roads each year:
Drivers preoccupied with mobile phones, GPS systems and other technology instead of focusing on driving.
Congested traffic conditions and impatient commuters often make a deadly combination, resulting in many accidents with catastrophic consequences.
Due to the fast pace of commuters’ lives, drivers in New Orleans and elsewhere are becoming aggressive on the roads, creating dangerous conditions on the roads.
Alcohol is no longer the primary cause of impaired driving; more and more accidents are linked to recreational drug use, along with prescription and over-the-counter medications.
Many people choose healthier lifestyles, such as cycling, jogging and walking instead of driving. Unfortunately, most city roads were not designed for such volumes of mixed travel.
Roads in disrepair are often responsible for hazardous driving conditions that challenge even the most experienced drivers.
Victims of car accidents in New Orleans often have to deal with mounting medical bills, income losses and, in many cases, significant lifestyle changes caused by debilitating injuries. If they can establish that the negligence of another party caused the accident, they likely have a viable personal injury lawsuit to file in a civil court to pursue financial relief.