When you’re behind the wheel, it’s important to keep your eyes on the road at all times. That’s because an auto accident can happen anywhere at any time in the state of Louisiana. Property damage and serious, even fatal, injuries can result from a car accident.
Auto accidents can happen anywhere in the state, but are there certain roads that are more dangerous than others? As it turns out, yes there are.
The Top Ten Most Dangerous Roads in Louisiana
Safer America is a non-profit that works with individuals and organizations across the nation to make America a safer place through the design and development of safety data visualizations along with safety outreach. They recently released a study listing the most dangerous roads in Louisiana based on the number of recorded fatalities between 2015-2017. (You can read the study here.)
Referenced below by highway, here are the top ten roads with the highest number of fatal crashes and total fatalities in Louisiana:
I-12 starts off the list with 25 fatal accidents resulting in 25 fatalities. (Eight involved a drunk driver.)
US-171 barely edges out I-12 with 26 fatal accidents and 26 fatalities. (Eight involved a drunk driver.)
US-165 experienced 30 fatal accidents and 31 fatalities. (Four involved a drunk driver.)
I-49 experienced 29 fatal accidents and 37 fatalities. (Four involved a drunk driver.)
US-61 experienced 34 fatal accidents and 38 fatalities. (Eight involved a drunk driver.)
SR-1 experienced 45 fatal accidents and 48 fatalities. (15 involved a drunk driver.)
I-20 experienced 49 fatal accidents and 52 fatalities. (13 involved a drunk driver.)
US-90 experienced 50 fatal accidents and 52 fatalities. (21 involved a drunk driver.)
US-190 only experienced 48 fatal accidents, but there were 54 fatalities. (12 involved a drunk driver.)
And what’s the most dangerous road in Louisiana? It’s:
No surprise — this is the busiest stretch of road in the state, passing through Lake Charles, Lafayette, Baton Rouge, and New Orleans. There were 121 fatal accidents on I-10 resulting in 136 fatalities. (39 involved a drunk driver.)
One of the most disturbing things revealed by this study is the high number of fatal accidents involving drivers who were drunk or intoxicated. More studies are needed to understand why this happens at such a high rate in Louisiana and what can be done to bring the numbers down.
Have You Been Injured in a Car Accident on One of Louisiana’s Most Dangerous Roads?
The New Orleans car accident attorneys at JJC Law are here to help you exercise your rights after a wreck. If you’ve been injured in an accident due to the reckless actions of another driver, you may be entitled to compensation for the damages caused by your injuries. These damages can include current and future medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering (to name a few).
Don’t wait too long to take action. In most instances, state law only gives you one year from the time of your accident in which to file a personal injury claim for an auto accident. Contact JJC Law to discuss your case with an experienced Louisiana personal injury attorney. Our legal services are often offered on a contingency basis, which means there are no upfront costs for our customers, and we only get paid if we recover compensation for you. Contact us via our website or call us at (504) 513-8820 to schedule your free initial consultation today.