Louisiana State Police investigated the ninth auto accident fatality of the year in Troop D yesterday in Beauregard Parish, Louisiana. According to the LSP news release, a truck driven by an unbelted DeRidder man crossed the center line of Louisiana Highway 26. An oncoming SUV took evasive action, but was unable to avoid a collision into the belted driver’s door. The truck flipped several times, ejecting the unbelted driver who was pronounced dead at the scene. The belted driver of the SUV sustained moderate injuries. According to the news release, eight of the nine auto fatalities in Troop D were of unbelted drivers.
Nationwide statistics show that for SUV, pickup, and van occupants, seat belts reduce the risk of fatal injury by 60%. And, while air bags can save lives of belted occupants, they can actually make injuries much worse for unbelted occupants. The Baton Rouge, Louisiana accident and injury lawyers at Dué, Guidry, Piedrahita & Andrews encourage everyone to buckle-up and to remember that most fatal crashes happen within 25 miles from home.
Contact Baton Rouge, Louisiana car wreck lawyer Scott Andrews for a free consultation about your Louisiana auto accident.