Even if you always exercise caution and otherwise follow the rules of the road when driving in Louisiana, do not count on other motorists to do the same. Research shows that Louisiana has some of the most careless drivers in the nation. This is bad news when it comes to not only your insurance rates but also, your roadway safety.
According to Bankrate, Louisiana ranks fifth in the nation as far as the number of careless drivers it has on its roads. All five states in the top five are also located in the south, with Louisiana trailing only behind Mississippi, South Carolina, New Mexico and Arizona.
Researchers reviewed specific factors and variables to determine what states had the highest number of careless drivers. The number of road deaths and the number of people arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol in each state factored into final numbers. Higher car insurance premiums also indicate a high number of unsafe drivers living within a particular area.
Studies show that Louisiana is now the most expensive state in the nation to buy car insurance, and this is due in large part to its high prevalence of careless drivers. In 2019, Louisiana exceeded most states when it saw more than 15 road deaths per every 100,000 residents and 1.42 road fatalities for every 100,000 miles driven.
Careless drivers endanger not only themselves but you and everyone else they encounter. If a careless driver’s actions cause you injuries, you may have grounds to try to hold that driver accountable.