Traffic accidents in Louisiana are the cause of multiple deaths and catastrophic injuries every year. Many of these accidents are caused by negligence or reckless behavior behind the wheel. Out of all the deaths that occur on the Louisiana roadways, more than 25 percent of them occur as a result of speeding.

In 2013, the National Highway Safety Administration reported that speeding was involved in over 27 percent of Louisiana road fatalities, totaling 193 speeding related deaths. Across the nation, over 9,600 people have died in car accidents where speed was a factor. Young men between the ages of 15 and 24 make up nearly 35 percent of car accidents. This group is also more likely to die in accidents caused by speeding.

In addition to speeding, other factors may also play a role in causing an accident. Distracted driving often leads to speeding, especially on highways and interstates. Drunk driving is also a major cause of accidents with 42 percent of crash victims had a blood alcohol content of over 0.08 percent.

While a few Lake Charles car accidents are caused by random circumstances, a vast majority of them are caused by poor driving and can be prevented. When a fatal accident occurs, those who are responsible may have to pay damages to the victims and their families. These damages can cover various expenses such as hospital costs and lost wages and help people recover from a tragic event in their lives. While no amount of financial compensation is enough to fully recover, damages can help get victims back on their feet.

Source: Shreveport Times, “Speed kills on Louisiana roadways,” Zach Beaird, July 23, 2015