A 21-year-old man in Walker, Louisiana was killed in a car crash in Livingston Parish when his car veered off the road and rolled over into a ditch. Neither he nor his injured passenger were wearing seatbelts.
This tragic car accident is an example of many of the fatal wrecks that occur in Louisiana involving motorists not wearing seatbelts.
Is a Lack of Seatbelt Use a Problem in Louisiana?
Louisiana is one of 28 states that require both front and rear passengers to wear seatbelts. Despite being one of the states with a strong seatbelt law, many of our residents still choose to not wear seatbelts.
Currently, Louisiana ranks 32nd in seatbelt use, which is below the national average. This an issue that really needs to be addressed as the fatality rate of individuals that do not wear seatbelts is rather high.
Less than One-fifth of Drivers Make Up Most Auto Fatalities
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) reports that in 2013, roughly 52 percent of auto fatalities in Louisiana involved people that were not wearing seat belts. When you consider that 82.5 percent of Louisiana drivers wear seatbelts, then you can see the danger that driving without a seatbelt can prove to be. This means the 17.5 percent of the population that does not wear seatbelts represented over half of all car crash fatalities in the state. This also means that an overwhelming number of auto wreck fatalities are possibly preventable.
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