Lake Charles is the 6th largest city in Louisiana, which means more car accidents. About 33,000 people in the US die every year from vehicular accidents, or one every 15 minutes. It is the leading cause of death for younger Americans. However, that is not the end of the story. There are approximately 2.3 million injuries resulting from a car-related accident, or about 43 every minute. Many are minor, but way too many are serious injuries with long-term consequences.

Some of these may be due to slippery roads or mechanical failure, but in many cases (98%) the accident is caused by the negligent or irresponsible behavior of one driver. The most common of these behaviors include:

  • Looking at something other than the road (rubbernecking)
  • Using a cell phone
  • Fiddling with a GPS or radio tuner
  • Sightseeing
  • Being distracted by passengers
  • Fatigue
  • Driving too fast in poor (road, weather, etc.) conditions
  • Drunk or intoxicated driving

It only takes a few seconds of distraction or a slight impairment for an accident to occur. While the driver does not usually intend to harm others, they are still liable for any injuries or death that occurs. Any Lake Charles car accident lawyer would point out that but for that reckless or careless act, the accident would not have happened.

This is the reason why drivers in the US are required to have liability insurance. A motor vehicle is like a loaded gun, and in the hands of an irresponsible driver, it can cause devastating harm. It takes only a single human error to end a life. In a recent accident in Lake Charles, a drunk driver failed to negotiate a turn and crashed the car into a tree. An unrestrained female passenger flew from the vehicle in the crash and died on the scene.

If you have been seriously injured in a negligent car accident, you are probably in need of financial assistance. You have every right to sue the negligent driver, the insurer, or both for damages in Lake Charles. Speak with a Houston, Texas personal injury lawyer for more information.