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Louisiana ranks poorly in negligent driving categories

Any time a person travels in a motor vehicle, he or she runs some risk of getting into an accident and suffering injuries or even death. Most drivers can probably appreciate this risk and understand that they can mitigate it by driving in a safe automobile, always paying attention to the road and obeying all traffic laws. But, even though many drivers understand the importance of safe driving, that doesn't mean that they do it at all times.

According to a recent study by CarInsuranceComparison.com, which is a website that allows consumers to compare the price of car insurance from different companies and in different states, Louisiana ranks poorly when it comes to safe driving. Specifically, the study showed that drivers in Louisiana are the fifth-worst in the country.

The website's study looked at a variety of categories including traffic violations, seat-belt use, drunk driving and auto accident fatalities. Louisiana's Insurance Commissioner stated that distracted driving is especially concerning. He explained that texting and driving, in particular, is a problem throughout the country, including Louisiana.

In addition to distracted driving being a problem, the spokeswoman for the Louisiana State Police noted that impaired driving is also a concern for the state. She stated that in 2014, alcohol consumption was involved in 42 percent of fatal accidents in Louisiana.

The recent study shows that Louisiana has a long way to go when it comes to safe driving. The good news, however, is that people in New Orleans and elsewhere throughout the state can easily curb some of these factors that are contributing to the state's poor driving record. If Louisianans would simply not drink and drive, and not use their cellular phones while driving, it would likely drastically curb the state's driving problems.

Drivers have a responsibility to help ensure their own safety and the safety of others when they get behind the wheel of a vehicle. When a negligent driver shirks that responsibility, a car accident victim may be able to pursue a personal injury claim to recover the damages caused by that driver.

Source: WWL.com, "Louisiana top ten again for bad drivers," Dec. 3, 2015

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