Deaths on U.S. roads are increasing. While a traffic fatality can occur in any state in the nation, according to a report based on information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, some states are more dangerous to drive in than others. The report was ranked the safety of each state in the nation based on the state’s rate of traffic deaths per 100 million miles traveled and the amount of traffic deaths due to a breach of traffic laws, driving under the influence of alcohol, driving above the posted speed limit and careless driving. And, according to this data, Louisiana has the dubious honor of being the third most dangerous state for motorists to drive in.
Since 2010, our state has been ranked three times as the most dangerous state to drive in, and it has the sixth greatest amount of traffic deaths in the nation. We also have the second highest amount of traffic deaths due to a breach of traffic laws. It has the fourth highest amount of deaths due to careless driving. Finally, it has the ninth highest amount of deaths due to driving under the influence of alcohol.
The first most dangerous state in the nation for motorists, according to this study, is Montana. That state saw the greatest amount of traffic deaths due to a breach of traffic laws. In addition, Montana ranked second in the greatest number of traffic deaths overall. The top-ranked state in overall traffic deaths was South Carolina.
Many motorists in Louisiana may find this information to be concerning. After all, even the most careful driver could be involved in an accident caused by a negligent driver. If a person is injured in a car crash that was actually and proximately caused by a negligent driver, that person may be able to pursue compensation for the damages they suffered.