Did you know Louisiana is sixth in the nation for fatal U.S. commercial truck accidents? We lose 700 victims on Louisiana roads yearly, and 15% of those are due to semi accidents. Even though we’re 25th in total population density and 31st in total area, we’re ahead of 44 other states in the number of people who die in semi truck accidents.
Avoid the Roads Between Noon and 3 PM on Weekdays with Good Weather
It’s important to understand what is behind this disturbing trend. Louisiana is home to nearly 7,000 trucking companies catering to industries such as residential construction, the oil and gas industries, chemicals, hospitality, and recreation. Surprisingly, you are more likely to have an accident between noon and 3 p.m. on good weather weekdays, with predominantly middle-aged males driving the commercial trucks. Most of these accidents occur not at intersections, as you might assume, but rather, on roads allowing high speeds.
Why do these accidents happen?
Based on our research, we have found the following behaviors are often at the root of most car-semi truck accidents:
- Truck drivers driving while intoxicated or under the influence
- Failure to stay in the correct lane
- Excessive speed
- Failure to yield the right of way
- Being inattentive
- Cell phone distraction
- Driving too fast for conditions
- Changing lanes improperly
- Loose freight
- Icy roads
If you or a loved one have been the victim of a commercial truck accident in Baton Rouge, you’ll need the help of a personal injury attorney who has experience in taking on the trucking companies and insurance companies. Contact us toll-free at (866) 281-4774