Despite automotive technology and safety improvements, the roads are still dangerous. By looking at some of the current statistics, you can see trends and patterns developing in the nature of auto accidents.
Here are some vital facts and statistics you should know.
Alcohol is a factor but not the worst one
Although many people blame alcohol for car accidents, it is not the leading cause. Recently distracted driving has overtaken driving while under the influence. This is due to modern conveniences such as:
- Talking on the phone while driving
- GPS systems
- Onboard electronics
- Touch screens
Each of these makes life easier but also leads to distracted driving. Anything that takes the driver’s attention away from the road can be an issue.
The number of deaths per year is rising
The number of deaths per year is rapidly outpacing the previous record high of 993 in 207. In 2021 there were 997 crash-related fatalities. Officials expect this number to increase as more people take to the roads. Currently, there are an average of three deaths per day in Lousiana.
Auto accidents rank high as a cause of death
More cars are on the road than ever, increasing the likelihood of a fatal car accident. If the number of auto accident deaths continues to increase at its present pace, it will become the fifth leading cause of death in Louisianna. This surpasses the national average.
The best ways to avoid being one of these statistics are buckling your seatbelt, paying attention and not using substances such as alcohol or drugs while driving.