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Louisiana is among the states with the highest number of reported car crashes in the United States. On an average, the state witnesses over 400 accidents each day. On July 6, 2012, a roadway departure led to the death of two and injury to three passengers near Zwolle in Sabine Parish. Within hours a 49-year-old man was killed in a two-car collision in Westlake. Three days later, a deputy of Jefferson Parish sheriff was suspended for drunk driving that led to a Louisiana car crash. Next day, an 11-year-old girl died and two other children were hospitalized after the car they were traveling in went off the road and hit a tree. A car-SUV collision at Lacombe caused death of a 62-year-old man on July 25 evening while two teens died next morning in a single Louisiana car accident. On December 29, 2011, a stretch of I-10 near Michoud Boulevard in New Orleans east remained closed for 12 hours following a 40-car accident. Two persons died on the spot while the accident left 25 critically injured and 30 others with minor injuries.
DUI is the biggest issue in Louisiana. Of all crashes in 2010, about 43 percent are related to drunk driving. It was found that 285 of 306 alcohol-related crashes that year had alcohol in their blood. Single vehicles were found to be involved in 58 percent of fatal traffic accidents whereas 30 percent were due to speed. A large number of single vehicle accidents and high pedestrian causality are indicative of preponderance of driver error and distraction among important causes of Louisiana auto accidents. Head-on, rear-end, and interaction-related collisions comprise 70 percent of Louisiana traffic crashes involving more than one vehicle.
Orleans has the least secured roads in Louisiana. The parish accounted for the highest number of accidents both in 2010 and 2011. Caddo, Calcasieu, East Baton Rouge, Jefferson, and Lafayette are other parishes that witnessed a high number car crashes, injuries, and fatalities in 2011. New Orleans and Baton Rouge, two largest metropolitan areas in the state, lead the list of maximum number of auto accidents reported every year. Lafayette, Lake Charles, Alexandria, Monroe, and Bossier City are other urban areas that witness hundreds of Louisiana car accidents each year.
Anyone injured in a Louisiana car accident is entitled to seek damages for:
An accident victim can file a claim with his own insurer as per the terms and conditions of his personal protection insurance coverage. He is entitled to seek compensation from the driver responsible, either through asking him to compensate or sending a direct claim to the insurance provider of the at-fault driver. The victim is also at liberty to file personal injury lawsuit seeking comprehensive damages.
In February 2012, a Louisiana jury awarded $1.6 million to an 11-year-old girl who lost her mother an auto accident caused by a Baton Rouge police vehicle nine years ago. Three months later, a Louisiana car accident lawsuit resulted in $1.3 million settlement in favor of the husband of a woman, who was killed in a 2005 crash in Mansfield. A Louisiana man who received spinal injuries in a highway auto accident got over $11 million in settlement.
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