Like the vast majority of states, Louisiana has a law prohibiting texting and driving. However, at least according to one recent study conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, many people seem determined to keep talking on their phones, texting, using the internet and the like while driving. It may be that this sort of behavior has just become ingrained in the minds of people.
The study found that 390,000 people got hurt in crashes related to distracted driving each year on average, and 3,500 die at the hands of distracted drivers.
The study also determined that car manufacturers, even if they have good intentions, are not necessarily helping the distracted driving problem. Many manufacturers are now equipping cars with communication and navigation devices people can use to make phone calls and get directions.
The problem with many of these devices is that they can take a driver's mind and eyes off the road for a longer period of time than do other devices that people purchase separately. For instance, one aftermarket navigation device supposedly saves 15 seconds of distracted driving time over a standard in-car device.
In any event, though, a driver in New Orleans who causes a car accident because he or she was distracted can and really should be held accountable for his or her careless and irresponsible actions. One way a victim can do so is by filing a personal injury lawsuit alleging that the distracted driver was legally negligent and thus should be responsible financially for things like medical bills, lost wages, and other damages.