Most Common Types Of Car Accident Causes In Shreveport

On Behalf of | Nov 8, 2019 | Motor vehicle accidents

In 2016, the most recent year for which there is complete data, there were 704 fatal crashes in Louisiana, along with 49,817 crashes that resulted in injuries. A staggering 44 percent of fatal crashes in the state involved alcohol, compared with it being a factor in just 6.7 percent of accident injury crashes. While the circumstances of each accident are unique, certain categories of accident causes are seen again and again.

Top Shreveport Car Accident Causes

  • Rear-end collisions — By far the most common cause of Louisiana car accidents, this type of collision is usually caused by one driver following another too closely or at too high rate of speed.
  • Sideswipe collisions  This often occurs when one car “clips” the other as they attempt to pass them.
  • Right-angle collisions — Also known as a “T-bone collision,” these accidents often result when a driver disregards traffic laws and stop signals and hits a car in the flow of cross traffic.
  • Distracted driving — Many accidents in Shreveport are caused or aggravated by a distracted driver who is texting, using a smartphone, adjusting their radio, intoxicated, or otherwise preoccupied.
  • Red-light running  Another top contributor to accidents in the state are drivers who do not stop at red lights, attempting instead to “beat the light.”

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