Car Accident

Five Most Common Causes of Car Accidents in Louisiana

Chris Mar 12, 2019

Car wrecks are a common occurrence on the roads of Louisiana and the rest of the country. It almost seems inevitable that a car accident is going to occur at one point or another. But, why do they happen? What are the most common causes of car accidents in Louisiana? Let’s take a look at the five most common causes of car wrecks so you have an understanding of the reasons why these accidents happen.


Speeding is one of the most common causes of car accidents in New Orleans and the rest of the state. Even though there are posted speed limit signs, it doesn’t mean that drivers will follow the rules of the road and monitor their speed. Too many drivers speed at one point or another. Sometimes, the speed at which they are traveling can lead to an accident.

Distracted Drivers

Distracted driving has always been an issue since the very first car hit the roads of Louisiana decades ago. But, with today’s technology, distracted driving has become an epidemic. Too many people are playing with their cell phones while behind the wheel, which often leads to accidents.


Reckless Driving

Reckless driving is a serious issue facing New Orleans drivers every day. Reckless driving often leads to tragic car accidents. This issue is defined as reckless behavior by a driver that has been deemed illegal. It is a leading cause of car accidents not only in Louisiana but all throughout the United States. Some examples of reckless driving include speeding, tailgating, speeding, weaving in and out of traffic and ignoring road signs.

Drunk Driving

Drunk driving has been and will continue to be a problem in Louisiana despite the efforts of local law enforcement. As long as people continue to make poor decisions to drive after drinking there will always be drunk driving accidents. Impaired drivers have trouble determining their speed, the distance between their vehicle and other vehicles and objects, and have trouble with reaction time. All of these issues lead to accidents in New Orleans.

Inclement Weather

Inclement weather is often a cause of car accidents in Louisiana. It can be challenging to drive during inclement weather, which is why meteorologists and other experts advise against it when they know ahead of time that the weather will be bad. Flooding, heavy rain, fog, and high winds can all wreak havoc on the roads of Louisiana. It’s always smart to turn around and find a different route of travel if you come upon a road that is flooded.

Speak to an Attorney Today

Were you or a loved one arrested after a car crash in Louisiana? Do you need legal representation because of vehicle charges levied against you? If so, it’s important that you speak to an experienced car accident lawyer in New Orleans about your case. Call the office of Schwartz Law  at (225) 766-6775 to speak with an experienced attorney.

About Author: Chris

Legal Support and Marketing Director

Schwartz Law Firm was founded by Christopher Schwartz in 1997. After obtaining his MBA and law degrees, Christopher Schwartz served as a Workers Compensation claims adjuster. This experience gave him a view of the system from the inside and inspired him to begin his own practice. Christopher Schwartz has successfully represented many injured employees in Longshore claims, Jones Act claims, and Personal Injury claims. He is a tough negotiator, whose track record includes multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. Chris has also authored a book titled “The Road to Justice”. In his book, Chris outlines how he and his colleagues fight for public safety and what role his clients can play in winning their own personal injury cases. Chris is a native of New Orleans and has practiced law in Louisiana for 14 years. As a result, he understands local laws and feels a special loyalty to local people. He takes every case personally. Chris is available to represent clients anywhere in Louisiana and Maritime clients anywhere in the Gulf South. But he is also qualified to represent Defense Base Act clients anywhere in the world outside the U.S. He also focuses on auto accidents, semi-trailer accidents, 18-wheeler accidents and slip & fall accidents.