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Louisiana sees jump in auto accidents

Louisiana residents who take care to drive safely and defensively have good reason to feel frustrated with those drivers who choose to make dangerous choices. Whether a person gets behind the wheel of a vehicle after drinking alcohol, sends or reads text messages while driving or drives at excessive speeds, the end result can be the same. Innocent people are put in harm's way and too often are injured or even killed because of it.

Distracted driving is just one of the things that some people are suggesting has contributed to a jump in the number of vehicle accidents in Louisiana. According to Louisiana State University's Highway Safety Program, auto wrecks increased by 12.4 percent from 2011 to 2015. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration indicates that nationally the increase during those five years was 18 percent. In Louisiana, a seven-percent increase was seen in one year from 2014 to 2015.

The growing number of accidents is leaving Louisiana residents facing higher auto insurance premiums. No only are insurers being forced to pay out for more accidents, but repair costs have increased. More and more, insurance companies are passing these costs on to their customers. This means that safe drivers may be bearing the costs of the decisions made by negligent drivers.

When an accident happens in Louisiana, people might want to learn how to seek compensation by talking with an attorney. This may educate them about how to work with insurance companies at this time.

Source: The Advocate, "Know why Louisiana car insurance rates might be skyrocketing? Blame it on your phone," Ted Griggs, March 12, 2017

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