With so many vehicles on the road in and around Baton Rouge, LA, accidents are an unfortunately common occurrence. Cordell Insurance wanted to know: What are the main causes of accidents in Louisiana? We turned to Louisiana State University’s own research into transportation safety to find the answers. As of 2018, there were four major contributing factors to most car accidents: distraction, alcohol & drugs, and aggression.
Cell phone use is the largest source of distraction on the road. Over two thousand crashes in the state could be blamed on phone usage alone. But phones are not the only diversions drivers face on the road. Eating, preoccupation with passengers, and inattentiveness due to exhaustion can all contribute to distraction-related accidents. In fact, traffic accidents linked to distraction as a whole reached over 150 fatalities last year.
According to LSU, aggressive driving is characterized by excessive speeding, following too close, passing improperly, and general careless operation. While accidents involving aggressive driving violations have been on a decline recently, they still make up a large chunk of accidents in Louisiana. This includes almost 400 fatalities in 2018 alone.
Alcohol & Drugs
Of all confirmed accidents related to alcohol/DWI, 34% of those accidents resulted in a fatality. Alcohol-involved incidents involving drivers age 15-20 has been on a steady decrease since 2005. However, DWI’s involving drugs continue to be a strong risk factor for accidents, including a huge spike in fatal crashes where cannabinoids were involved.
With so many risk factors on the roads of Baton Rouge, LA, you need an auto insurance policy to protect yourself and your assets. Let Cordell Insurance find the right insurance to fit your individual needs today!