The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has compiled state-specific costs of motor vehicle crash deaths throughout the United States. It has also compiled a list of suggestions states can consider to reduce the number of deaths and injuries from motor vehicle accidents. How does Louisiana rate according to the CDC?
Motor Vehicle Fatalities in Louisiana
According to the CDC, over 30,000 people die in motor vehicle crashes each year in the United States making motor vehicle accidents one of the top 10 causes of death among people 54 years of age and younger. In 2013, vehicle deaths cost $44 billion in lost wages and medical expenses.
By comparison, Louisiana’s cost of crash related deaths is approximately $1.01 billion per year. That total equals $8 million in medical costs and $998 million in lost wages. By age group, the cost breaks down to:
- $394 million for adults between the age of 35 to 64 years;
- $24 million for adults 65 years of age and older;
- $471 million for young adults between 20 and 34 years of age;
- $80 million for teens between the ages of 15 and 19; and,
- $37 million for children 14 years of age and younger.
How Can We Lower The Cost Of Motor Vehicle Crashes?
The CDC reports that 750 people died in 2013 in a motor vehicle accident in Louisiana. Suggested ways to lower the costs of motor vehicle accidents in Louisiana include:
- Implementing a graduated driver license program;
- Institute sobriety checkpoints;
- Require ignition interlocks for convicted DUI offenders;
- Require car seat and booster seat use through the age of 8 years;
- Institute car seat and booster seat education and distribution programs; and,
- Enact a primary seat belt law for all occupants in a vehicle.
What Should I Do If I Am Injured in a Louisiana Car Crash?
Unfortunately, we cannot prevent all car crashes and, as you can see from the numbers, the cost of a motor vehicle accident can be quite significant. When you are injured by another driver, you suffer physical and emotional injuries, but you also suffer substantial financial losses. You deserve to be compensated for your losses including your out-of-pocket expenses such as medical bills and lost wages and your non-financial damages such as physical pain and mental anguish.
Therefore, after you receive medical attention for your injuries; you need to contact a NoLA car accident attorney. Insurance companies are not looking out for your best interest. You need someone working on your behalf to protect your rights and best interest.
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