Could Louisiana’s Poor Road Conditions Lead to Car Accidents?

Picture of Tire BlowoutThe Greater Baton Rouge Business Report featured an article regarding how poor road conditions in Baton Rouge are and what it is costing drivers in Louisiana’s capital city. The data in the article is based on a study conducted on Louisiana’s infrastructure. Reportedly, the annual cost for a driver in Baton Rouge to operate his or her vehicle the area’s roads is $2,466, which is the highest amount for any city in the state.

However, other cities in Louisiana are nearly as costly for drivers, including Lafayette, where it costs drivers $2,024 to operate a vehicle annually. The costs are based on how poor road conditions, including inadequate safety features, impact general vehicle operating costs, traffic accident frequency and wasted fuel.

Who Is at Fault If Poor Road Conditions Cause a Car Wreck?

If road conditions, such as potholes, construction zones or shoulder drop-offs, result in a car accident, it can be difficult to figure out who is at fault for the wreck. In some cases, it can be a government entity, including a city, county or state, who is liable for the incident, because they failed in their responsibility to properly maintain the road.

To prove that the government is responsible for a car crash that occurs due to poor road conditions, injury victims must show that the government knew, or should have reasonably known, about the condition of the road. In addition, victims must prove that once the government found out about the dangerous condition of the road, they failed to repair it in a reasonable amount of time.

Do you think the poor quality of roads in Louisiana is leading to traffic and car wrecks? If so, how do you think the state can fix the problem? Let us know in the comment section below. Continue following our Lafayette personal injury law firm’s blog for more stories impacting our area.


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