State transportation officials began the next phase of its 22 ½ mile project to a build cable barrier along I-10’s median between Baton Rouge and New Orleans. Studies suggest that cable barriers are an effective means of preventing deadly crossover crashes.
Crossover accidents can occur when a driver loses control of his vehicle, and the vehicle crosses over the median into oncoming traffic. Common causes of these accidents include speeding, distracted driving, drunk driving, unexpected changes in road conditions, or hydroplaning. All too often, in a crossover accident, an innocent driver’s vehicle is struck by an unexpected oncoming vehicle, resulting in serious injury or even death.
In the past, crossover crashes have been a major cause of highway fatalities in Louisiana. However, these cable barriers appear to be a step in the right direction for protecting Louisiana drivers. State troopers reported an almost immediate reduction in crossover accidents since the installation of the first installment of the cable barrier along I-10. According to state officials, the existing cable barrier on I-10 already reduced crossover accidents by 100 percent.
If you or a loved one were seriously injured in a crossover accident, an attorney can assist you in understanding your legal rights. For questions, contact Broussard & David at 1-888-337-2323 (toll free) or 337-233-2323 (local).