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Study says Louisiana drivers are among the nation's worst

There is no question that the state of Louisiana does a number of things better than other states. The waterways are a paradise for boating and fishing. The live music is unmatched anywhere in the country. The food has no equal. And then of course there is Mardi Gras.

But, according to a recent study, Louisiana has some catching up to do when it comes to safe driving. An automobile insurance group did the study, and concluded that Louisiana is tied with Texas for having the country's worst drivers.

The study reviewed data from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, including state statistics on motor vehicle fatalities per miles driven, drunk driving, seat belt use, speeding, careless driving and disregarding traffic signals. Drivers in Louisiana came in last in the category of obeying traffic signals, and fifth from the bottom in the careless driving and deaths per mile driven categories.

Nationally, traffic deaths are rising again after declining for decades. As we discussed in a recent post, many experts blame the reversal on the increasing use of smartphone apps behind the wheel.

Negligent drivers endanger not only themselves but everyone else on the road. No matter how careful a person is behind the wheel, another driver's failure to pay attention or follow the rules of the road can end up causing an auto accident. A person who is injured by a negligent driver may be able to bring a personal injury claim in order to pursue compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering and lost income.

Source: USA Today, "Hitting the road for the holidays? These states have the worst drivers," Bart Jansen, Nov. 23, 2016

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