KTBS reports on a recent head-on collision that killed one and injured three. According to authorities, a 1998 Ford Ranger was driving the wrong way on Highway 1 when it hit a 2006 Ford F-150. The driver of the Ranger was airlifted to University Health, and the passenger died at the scene. The driver of the F-150, 58-year-old Gary Harris, and his wife, 54-year-old Violet Harris, were also injured in the crash.
Another fatal wreck on Highway 1 occurred when a man who was allegedly speeding in a Ford F-250 ran a red light and collided with a Ford F-150. The driver of the F-150 died at the scene. The driver of the F-250, 62-year-old L.C. Hearne, now faces charges for vehicular homicide.
These accidents are grim reminders that a fatal collision can happen at any time. No matter how responsible you are behind the wheel, all it takes is one negligent driver to cause a tragedy.
If you were injured or lost a loved one due to a drunk, distracted, or reckless motorist in Louisiana, contact The Ross Downs Law Firm. Ross Downs is a car wreck lawyer who will evaluate your case to determine if you have grounds for a claim.
You may be entitled to compensation for healthcare bills, lost income, and other damages. Call 1-888-771-9800 today to schedule a free consultation with an accident attorney in Shreveport.
Read on to learn three alarming statistics about motor-vehicle wrecks in Louisiana:
- 3,046 people in Louisiana died in drunk-driving accidents between 2003 and 2012.
This statistic was published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. According to a CDC study, 2.5 percent of adults in Louisiana reported that they had driven after consuming too much alcohol in the 30 days prior to the survey. This was significantly higher than the national average – 1.9 percent. Across all age groups, Louisiana had more drunk-driving deaths per 100,000 population than the national average in 2012.
- There were 740 traffic fatalities in Louisiana in 2014 – the highest rate since 2009.
This statistic was published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Approximately 247 of those fatalities occurred in accidents that involved a driver with a blood-alcohol concentration of at least 0.08 percent. That means about one-third of all traffic fatalities in Louisiana that year involved an intoxicated motorist.
- At least 165 people in Louisiana died in 2015 in speeding-related accidents.
Although this was a 36.5-percent improvement compared to 2014, speeding is still a primary contributor to collisions in Louisiana. Travelling too fast for the conditions reduces the amount of time a driver has to react to unexpected hazards, and it increases the likelihood of injuries or death in the event of an accident.
If you were injured or lost a family member due to a negligent driver, turn to The Ross Downs Law Firm.
Ross Downs is a car wreck lawyer in Shreveport who will help you fight for the maximum settlement, and if your case goes to trial, he has the litigation experience to represent your interests in court. Call 1-888-771-9800 today to schedule a free consultation.