A recent study shows Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi rank among the top ten states with the highest rates of auto fatalities in the nation. Mississippi had the highest rate of motor vehicle-related deaths in the United States. The Trust for America’s Health, a non-profit group, conducted the study through analyzing a series of U.S. Centers for Disease Control reports.
The study also analyzed the current policies of states with higher numbers of motor vehicle-related deaths. The study suggests that Louisiana has taken positive steps to improve its fatality statistics through state legislation. These laws include requiring the installation of an ignition lock in the vehicles of convicted drunk drivers, penalizing distracted driving and mandating seatbelt use. Nevertheless, the study notes that the state has failed to effectively enforce these laws.
Common causes of automobile accidents include distracted driving, reckless driving, speeding, drunk driving and driver fatigue. As this study suggests, state policies can assist in the prevention of automobile accidents. However, if these policies are not effectively enforced, the state policies will have a minimal impact on road safety.
If you or a loved one suffered an injury in an automobile accident, Broussard & David may be able to help you receive fair compensation for your injuries. To schedule a complimentary consultation, contact Broussard & David at 888-337-2323 (toll-free) or 337-337-2323 (local).