Many types of behavior can cause fatal car accidents, especially when drivers lose their focus. According to a recent study that was based on National Highway Traffic Safety Administration information, operating vehicles without proper equipment caused the most traffic fatalities in Louisiana between 2009 and 2013. Louisiana was also fourth in the nation for both careless or reckless driving fatal accidents and speeding fatalities.
In most of the other states, drivers leaving their lane caused the most roadway fatalities. The next leading cause was drivers who did not properly yield the right of way to other drivers at intersections. Distractions can easily cause both of these types of accidents, so increasing attentiveness may be able to prevent many fatal accidents.
Other leading causes of fatal accidents around the country included driving while intoxicated, road rage and driving on the wrong side of the road. Researchers found that many drunk driving fatalities involved drivers who were in parts of the country where public transportation was not a readily-available alternative to getting behind the wheel after becoming intoxicated. The data that was studied included accidents in which a pedestrian was killed as well as fatalities to car occupants.
Many motor vehicle accidents that are caused by careless drivers can result in fatal injuries. When this happens, the decedent's surviving family members often face immediate funeral and burial expenses. In some cases, they lose the financial support that their loved one had been providing. An attorney who has experience with these matters can determine whether filing a wrongful death lawsuit is an appropriate remedy after examining the police investigation report and other evidence.