Traffic Deaths in East Baton Rouge

Late last year, The Advocate published a story reporting that East Baton Rouge Parish led Louisiana in traffic deaths amid an “all-time high” in pedestrian accidents and fatalities.

At the Russell Law Firm, LLC, our Baton Rouge personal injury lawyers know that more drivers died on Louisiana roads last year than in any year in over a decade. According to the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission, 972 people died on Louisiana roads in traffic fatalities last year — a 17% increase from the previous year.

Unfortunately, closer to home, East Baton Rouge Parish led all parishes in the state with 104 fatalities across a total of 99 fatal crashes — 25 of those who were killed were pedestrians.

The state’s top traffic analyst and executive director of the Center for Analytics and Research in Transportation Safety at LSU, who conducted the research, said the aggressiveness of drivers was a major cause of the spike in traffic deaths. In addition, there was a disturbing increase last year — 32% — in cases of people driving while intoxicated/impaired.

If you or someone you love has been injured or lost their life in a traffic collision — as another vehicle motorist, motorcyclist, pedestrian, or bicyclist — caused by preventable circumstances, we can help you pursue the negligent driver for your full financial recovery.

Contact us today to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.

Where are Most Pedestrian and Traffic Accidents Occurring in Louisiana?

Traffic Deaths

According to the article, the areas along Interstate 110 up to where the interstate crosses with Airline Highway, near the LSU campus, and the Gardere area were where most pedestrian fatalities took place.

Since the start of 2020, East Baton Rouge has logged 16% of the state’s total pedestrian deaths, followed by Orleans Parish at 10%.

The top five parishes in traffic deaths last year included:

  • East Baton Rouge Parish: 104 Traffic Fatalities
  • Orleans Parish: 69 Traffic Fatalities
  • Calcasieu Parish: 56 Traffic Fatalities
  • Caddo Parish: 47 Traffic Fatalities
  • Jefferson Parish: 45 Traffic Fatalities

In addition, the state’s analyst reported:

  • 174 interstate fatalities, representing a staggering 49% increase over the previous year.
  • An all-time high of 185 pedestrian fatalities, an increase of nearly 27% over the previous year.
  • A 17% increase in crashes that caused moderate or severe injuries.
  • A 4.9% increase in motorcycle fatalities, which had been on the decline in previous years.
  • A 2.9% increase in bicycle fatalities.

Contact our Dedicated Baton Rouge personal Injury Attorneys Today

If you or someone you love has been injured or lost their life in a traffic accident caused by negligence in Louisiana, contact our dedicated Baton Rouge personal injury attorneys today at (225) 307-0088 or online to get the legal support you need to produce real results for your unique case.

By: Danny Russell, Esq.

Information furnished herein is only general and not a substitute for personalized legal advice. ****Any and all and all discussions and photographs visible herein are not any depiction of any actual event or scene, but merely a dramatization.”

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