According to a study by the Auto Insurance Center, the number one cause of fatal car accidents in Louisiana between 2009 and 2013 was operating without required equipment. The study was based on information gathered over that period by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Fatal Accident Reporting System and looked at the main causes of fatal accidents in all 50 states and the District of Columbia as well as comparing the effects of various weather conditions.
The study also ranked the top five states for the main causes of accidents. Louisiana was fourth place for reckless or careless driving and in fourth place for speeding. The study found that speeding was more common in rural areas where there was less traffic congestion.
The study also found that as with most states, rain caused more deaths than snow in Louisiana. Fog was also a bigger factor than snow in fatal accidents, and sleet was responsible for more deaths than crosswinds.
With this information in mind, drivers in Louisiana can be particularly vigilant about the main causes of accidents. However, motor vehicle accidents can occur for a variety of reasons, and even when a car accident is not fatal, a person may be seriously injured. If the driver responsible is uninsured or underinsured, the victim might be offered less money than the cost of medical expenses and lost wages from work. In these circumstances, an injured victim may wish to speak with an attorney to determine how to proceed. If it can be established that the driver who caused the accident was impaired or otherwise negligent, it may be advisable to file a personal injury lawsuit seeking appropriate damages.