Louisiana Car Accidents & Injuries From Car Accidents
Automobile accidents are one of the leading causes of accidental injury and death in Louisiana. If you or a loved one has sustained injuries in a car accident you need to reach out to a Louisiana car accident law firm. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.
Driving can be a very dangerous activity. Not all drivers operate vehicles in a safe manner. When you have sustained injuries because of a car accident that happened because of the negligence of another person, you can file to receive compensation. For detailed information about your particular case, contact a Louisiana car accident law firm.
In 2010, there were 697 auto fatalities and 68,590 injuries. East Baton Rouge Parish had the most injuries (8,114), followed by Orleans (7,565), Jefferson (5,525), Lafayette (4,143), Caddo (3,834) and Calcasieu (3,195). East Baton Rouge Parish had 41 fatalities, the most of any parish.
A total of 36 percent of fatalities occurred in passenger cars and 25 percent happened in light trucks and vans. Motorcycles drivers / passengers accounted for 10 percent of fatalities. A total of 269 of traffic fatalities, or 39 percent, and 5,779 of injuries, or 8.4 percent, are estimated to be alcohol related. A total of 58 percent of drivers killed were not wearing a safety belt and 62 percent of passengers who were killed were not wearing a safety belt. Pedestrians account for 10 percent of all traffic fatalities.
Louisiana injury crashes are lowest on weekends, but fatal crashes are highest on weekends. Injury crashes are highest during the afternoon rush hour traffic. Fatal crashes occur more frequently in the evening and early morning hours.
In 2010, there were 947 vehicles in fatal crashes, 80,343 vehicles in injury crashes and 197,759 vehicles in property-damage-only crashes. There are 2,869,033 licensed drives in the state.
Louisiana car accidents can have many causes, but they usually happen because of negligence, intentional misconduct or products liability. Negligence occurs when a driver fails to exercise reasonable care. For example, a driver gets in an accident because he is driving too fast or is distracted due to texting while driving.
A driver may be involved in intentional misconduct if he consciously desires the physical results of his act or knows that the result is substantially certain to follow from his conduct. For example, a driver operating at a high rate of speed, weaving in and out of traffic, may be intentionally putting himself and others at risk.
In products liability cases, neither negligence nor intentional misconduct needs to be shown, rather, the law of strict liability comes into play, which means that the automobile is shown to be defective and that the defect caused the accident and resulting damages. For example, it has been alleged that certain Toyota models have defective floor mats, gas pedals and other defects leading to unintended acceleration and resulting injuries.
The only way to be sure that you are being compensated fairly for your injuries is to consult an attorney at a Louisiana car accident law firm. At Lavis Law Firm we regularly help clients fight to get the compensation they deserve after an automobile accident. We can help you too.
If Lavis Law Firm, a Louisiana car accident law firm, can help you with your Louisiana car accident, please give us a call. For your free initial consultation call us at 1-866-558-9151 or contact us online.
- Louisiana Highway Safety Commission
- LSU Highway Safety Research Group
- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Office of Defects Investigation
- FAQ's on motor vehicle damage
- Insurance Adjusters
- What to do if you are in an accident
- What Should I Do If I am Asked By An Insurance Adjuster To Make A Recorded Statement?
- 3 Feet Rule
- Lousiana Car Accident Total Loss Provisions
- Where Louisiana Car Accidents Occur