Drivers never know what they may face as they venture out on roadways in Louisiana. Serious and fatal car accidents can happen completely without warning. Most drivers would likely agree that roadways these days seem to be more dangerous than ever. Unfortunately, data from a report was just released that confirms these assumptions.
Deadliest year ever
New data compiled by the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development shows that 2021 was the deadliest year on record for public highways in Louisiana. According to the report, there were a total of 914 highway accidents that resulted in 997 deaths last year. Officials said this surpassed the previous record of 993 deaths set back in 2007. The report also showed that last year’s accident statistics increased significantly from 2020, when there were 762 reported accidents with 828 deaths.
The data also showed that impaired and distracted driving caused the majority of fatalities last year. According to accident data compiled from 2017 to 2020, alcohol played a role in nearly 40% of all traffic fatalities statewide. Reportedly, the governor of Louisiana described the harrowing numbers as “alarming.” He urged motorists to wear seat belts and obey all traffic laws to prevent accidents and deaths.
Tragically, this new report suggests that roadways are getting more and more dangerous with each passing year. Fortunately, victims of car accidents have options available to help them through this traumatic experience. When the negligence of another party contributes to an accident that results in injuries or death, victims and surviving family members have the right to speak with an attorney and take legal action. A successful lawsuit could provide monetary relief to victims and families to help them with medical expenses and other financial losses.