When you get behind the wheel, you are taking a risk regardless of where you are driving. Driving is often cited as the most dangerous form of transportation, when compared to flying or taking a train.
A U.S. Bureau of Transportation report noted that the chance of a car accident fatality for drivers comes in at 1 in 114, while for passengers the number is a bit less severe, at 1 in 654. In addition, each state has different rates of risk and hazard when it comes to their individual roadways.
Louisiana’s most dangerous road
Motor vehicle accidents encompass a wide range of specific crashes, from car accidents and truck accidents to accidents with motorcycles and pedestrians. The Louisiana Department of Transportation keeps records and data on motor vehicle accidents in the state, measuring fatalities and injuries as a result of crashes. There are also nationally-kept statistics that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Federal Highway Safety Administration gather. A study released by Geotab using these national bureau statistics reported that US90 is Louisiana’s most dangerous roadway, with an average of 27 fatal crashes each year on that highway alone.
Ways to improve road safety
The state of Louisiana has several programs in place to improve driver safety on its roadways. One program, called Destination Zero Deaths, works specifically with the objective of reaching a zero-death result on the state’s roads. This program uses a Strategic Highway Safety Plan with a variety of ways to achieve this objective, including discouraging drinking and driving and encouraging safety practices such as the use of seatbelts.
Another way you can help improve road safety is by driving defensively. Aggressive driving is a leading cause of motor vehicle accidents. Aggressive drivers are ones who use dangerous behaviors behind the wheel such as excessive speeding, weaving in and out of traffic, and not signaling their turns. As a defensive driver, you can keep a safe distance from aggressive drivers and improve your safety on the road, thus reducing your risk of a serious personal injury as the result of a car crash.