Louisiana Scores High in Recent Road Law Safety Ranking
Louisiana received a green rating on a recent evaluation from the Advocates for Highway & Auto Safety, ranking the state as one of the best of the country in terms of road laws passed. The six states (along with the District of Columbia) that were given the green rating “must have 11 to 16 laws including both primary enforcement seat belt laws, or 9 or more laws including both primary enforcement seat belt laws and an all-rider helmet law.”
With 9 laws passed, including the primary seat belt laws and an all-rider helmet law, Louisiana ranked high in the Advocates’ assessment. The announcement also included a list of suggested laws that would contribute to highway safety in Louisiana.
Of course, even though the state ranks high on this assessment, accidents will still occur. If you or a loved one is injured in an accident, contact us with your questions or to set up a consultation. We’ll let you know if you have a case.
About the Advocates for Highway & Auto Safety
The Advocates for Highway & Auto Safety is an alliance of groups dedicated to making America’s roads safer.
This alliance has been working to improve American traffic conditions since 1989, when it was founded by a group of executives from major property and casualty insurance companies, along with some consumer and safety leaders. According to the Advocates’ website, “These two communities share virtually identical goals on highway and auto safety issues.”
Advocates works with the federal government, suggesting legislation and conducting studies to set priorities and advance safety measures. Advocates works with both parties to produce legislation that aims to improve the condition of America’s roads and protect American drivers.
Traffic Problems in Louisiana
Apparently despite the efforts of the Advocates for Highway & Auto Safety, traffic deaths in Louisiana have been steadily increasing since 2011. There were 680 deaths in 2011, and by 2016 the fatality rate had risen to 757—the highest number of traffic deaths since 2009.
Alcohol use continues to be a major cause of fatalities, with 225 of the deaths in 2016 involving at least one driver with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 percent or higher. Further, there were 173 fatalities attributable to speeding, or at least going too fast for conditions. These two factors combined account for more than half of the deaths that took place in 2016. Louisiana has won a great honor from the Advocates, but there’s still a long way to go to ensure safety for all of the state’s drivers.
Chris J. Roy, Jr. APLC has been serving the people of Louisiana from its Alexandria office since 1989. We handle a variety of cases and look forward to addressing your legal needs. For almost three decades, our firm has been defending and filing claims for individuals hurt in accidents, and we have the knowledge, experience and resources to help you. If you have questions or would like to set up a consultation, call us at 318-487-9537 or contact us online.