The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is a federal agency charged with improving safety on our nation’s highways. The agency recently released a report with traffic data for 2013. In addition to collecting nationwide data on traffic accidents and fatalities, the report broke down the data by each individual state.
Leading Contributing Factors In Louisiana Fatal Traffic Accidents
In the report, the agency found that speeding was a contributing factor in 27% of all traffic fatalities in Louisiana. According to the report, there were 703 fatal motor vehicle accidents in Louisiana in 2013; 193 of them were caused at least in part by speeding.
In addition to speeding, a lack of seatbelt use was also a leading contributing factor. For the nation as a whole, 78% percent of drivers killed in a motor vehicle accident were not wearing a seatbelt at the time.
A third leading contributing factor was drunk driving. In fact, drivers in fatal crashes were almost twice as likely to be under the influence of alcohol as they were to be speeding.
Young Males Most likely To Be Involved In Fatal Traffic Accidents
Americans most likely to be involved in fatal accidents were males aged 15-24. That demographic is notoriously more risk-taking than older males or their female counterparts.
Nationally, while fatal motor vehicle accidents were down 7% from 2012, there were still nearly 10,000 deaths caused by accidents on our roadways.
Consulting With A Louisiana Traffic Accident Attorney
If you have been injured in a traffic accident in Louisiana, you should consult with a qualified attorney about your legal rights. Depending on which party caused the accidents and several other variables, you may be entitled to compensation.
At Arnold & Itkin, our attorneys represent traffic accident victims throughout Louisiana and the rest of the nation. Contact us today for a free consultation about your case.