By the numbers: Louisiana fatal accident reports
A fatal motor vehicle crash happens somewhere in Louisiana every 11 hours, 21 minutes and 42 seconds, according to a new traffic study by Louisiana State University. That is almost exactly two people per day being killed in wrecks on our state’s highways, streets and roads.
Extent of the issue
In 2022 alone, 1,149 people died in collisions on Louisiana roads. East Baton Rouge Parish had the most casualties, with 86 people losing their lives (42 drivers, 23 pedestrians, 13 passengers, and 8 bicyclists).
Most of the 1,149 killed were male (823), and 220 of the total fatal crashes involved alcohol.
One of the most disturbing figures from the report shows that many of those who died could have survived if they had simply buckled up. Nearly half of those killed in crashes (drivers and passengers) were not wearing seat belts.
Urban vs. rural crashes
The data also shows that crashes in urban areas are more likely to result in injuries, while crashes in rural areas are much more likely to result in fatalities.
If you or a loved one has been in a car accident, we are here to help. Contact an experienced Lake Charles car accident lawyer today for a consultation.
Accidents in Calcasieu Parish
The southwestern parish of Calcasieu consistently ranks among the top 10 for most fatal crashes. In 2022, Calcasieu Parish saw 28 fatal crashes that claimed the lives of 19 drivers, 6 pedestrians, 3 passengers, and 2 bicyclists.
Although 2022 saw less traffic fatalities than 2021, extensive construction on roads and worsening distracted driving behaviors are expected to contribute to more and more casualties in 2024 and beyond.
Accidents in Lake Charles
In 2022, Lake Charles saw 6 fatal crashes, 2 of which involved alcohol, and 883 injury crashes, 21 of which involved alcohol.
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The Johnson Firm has deep ties to the Lake Charles and greater Louisiana communities, so it’s concerning to learn the amount of fatal and injury crashes that occur here. We support safe driving practices and want you to know that if you’re injured in a crash caused by someone else, we’re here to help you seek compensation.