A significant number of traffic accidents that occur in Louisiana involve a single vehicle running off the road, rolling over, or crashing into a stationary object. Single-vehicle accidents claim thousands of lives annually and injure thousands. A crash like this is usually related to a handful of hazardous conditions.

An increasing number of collisions puts a strain on insurance companies that have to cover all the damages and expenses after these mishaps. Filing a claim after an accident is complicated, and your insurance company will base your payout on each scenario.

Distracted Driving

Distracted driving continues to be the most significant cause of accidents on the road. Texting, eating, or conversing with passengers are but a few of the behaviors that can take a driver’s eyes and concentration away from operating the vehicle. A good driver relies on their instincts and is ready to spring into action should something go wrong – whether the brakes falter or there’s a sudden obstacle in the street. Not paying attention reduces your reaction time and increases the chance of hitting something or someone.

Driving While Under the Influence

Despite changes in laws and enforcement procedures, drivers who are under the influence of alcohol continue to be a threat in Louisiana and throughout the nation. Intoxicated drivers may have difficulty maintaining control of their vehicles and in any event will experience a reduction in their decision-making capabilities and in their reaction times, significantly increasing the risk of accidents in general.

Hazardous Road Conditions in Louisiana

Avoid driving in hazardous conditions as much as possible. Wet or icy pavement is a major factor in single-vehicle crashes. Black ice is difficult to spot on the road, especially at night, so motorists living in cold weather areas should always stay vigilant. Potholes in the street are a nuisance to drivers, but they can also be dangerous if an encounter with one causes a loss of control. Sun glare is a vague threat that one can usually handle with visors and sunglasses.

Both domestic and wild animals can appear out of nowhere. Although the natural reaction is to swerve around the creature, this can result in a loss of control or a collision with an oncoming vehicle. Rocks, tree branches, and other items can also strike the car, causing injuries to the passengers.

Preventing Single-Vehicle Accidents

Staying aware of your surroundings is the best way to prevent accidents. Motorists should never venture out onto the road when intoxicated or while under the influence of substances, even legal medications. When behind the wheel, mobile devices should stay turned off. It’s essential to pay careful attention to the road ahead, including the pavement itself, and of the area around the vehicles. Make sure to give trucks and commercial haulers enough space on all sides, as those drivers have a lot of blind spots due to the size of the machine they’re operating.

Resolving a Single Vehicle Accident with an Attorney

These crashes result from the actions of the drivers themselves and are therefore considered “at-fault” accidents. It’s best to get an experienced attorney to intervene on your behalf. Causing an accident is a stressful situation and will likely place you at the mercy of your insurance company or a judge. Contact the law offices of E. Orum Young and let us represent you. We can take a look at your situation and help you figure out what to do next. Call (318) 450-6453 or fill out the contact form on our website.