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Rising crash rates highlight what can go wrong on the road

There may be a correlation between the measured increase of human intelligence and the increasing number of deadly car accidents in Louisiana and across the country, and scientists are working to find out why. Improvement in this area came to an abrupt halt in 2015 when the largest increase in fatalities in 50 years was recorded. The death rate rose even higher in 2016. That year, more than 40,000 people lost their lives in U.S. car collisions.

Research suggests that the most common car crash scenarios are the result of simple human misunderstandings of what can go wrong. Accounting for 6 percent of all pedestrian fatalities, rolling right on red requires drivers to look in one direction while traveling in another. An estimated 21 percent of all deadly car crashes are related to drowsy driving. Drivers are terrible at gauging their own level of sleepiness and possibly oblivious to episodes of microsleep, according to a past administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The loss of control accounts for 11 percent of all vehicle crashes. Surprise situations, water on the road, aggressive maneuvering and taking a curve too fast factor into this accident category. Twelve percent of all collisions occur when motorists drive into the blind and unable to see vehicles, pedestrians, animals or objects that may be in their path. Up to 30 percent of all crashes are rear-end collisions. These accidents typically result from following too closely or distracted driving, which is another category identified in the research studies. About a third of all accidents are attributed to the failure to stay in one’s lane or a road departure in connection with a loss of attention to the roadway.

People who suffer injuries in car crashes that are caused by the negligence of another motorist often incur significant medical expenses, and in many cases they are unable to return to work while they are recovering. An attorney can often be of assistance in seeking compensation for the ensuing financial losses.

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