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 2013, there were approximately 620 fatal car crashes in Louisiana, according to Louisiana State University’s data repots. Orleans Parish had the most deaths (44), followed by East Baton Rouge Parish (37) and Lafayette parish (34). In 2013, there were also 43,886 crashes that caused injury. East Baton Rouge Parish took the lead with the most injury-causing crashes (5,877), followed by Orleans Parish (5,309) and Jefferson Parish (3,797).
35.21% of crashes occurred in passenger cars, and 24.79% occurred in light trucks/vans. SUVs accounted for 17.19% of crashes, and motorcycles accounted for 8.85%.
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 2013, there were 695 vehicles involved in fatal crashes, 51,900 vehicles involved in injury crashes, and 132,800 vehicles involved in property-only crashes
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 or she 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 or her act or knows that the result is substantially certain to follow from his or her conduct. For example, a driver operating at a high rate of speed, weaving in and out of traffic, may be intentionally putting him - or herself 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
- Louisiana Car Accident Total Loss Provisions
- Where Louisiana Car Accidents Occur