Baton Rouge 2nd Most Dangerous City for Drivers

June 15th, 2016

A recent study, unfortunately, confirmed what many Capital City drivers are already thinking: Baton Rouge is one of the most dangerous cities for drivers.

The report was developed by CRISIS (Capital Region Industry for Sustainable Infrastructure Solutions). Besides ranking Baton Rouge as the second most dangerous city for drivers (behind Detroit), it ranked the city the third worst in the nation for average annual commuter traffic delay among mid-size cities, and eleventh worst in the nation for road conditions.

“Yet another report has independently verified what Baton Rouge area drivers unfortunately already know based on experience, which is that our roads are not only the worst in the state but among the worst in the nation for traffic congestion, road conditions, and now safety for drivers,” said Scott Kirkpatrick, executive director of CRISIS.

The analysis came after ranking the nation’s cities based on five factors: the rate of fatal crashes, the likelihood of an accident relative to other cities, the number of years between accidents, the risk of auto larceny, and the risk of having a vehicle stolen.

At Dudley DeBosier, we see the aftermath of auto crashes every day, and we are passionate about helping those who have been injured and making the roads safer.  Here are four quick reminders to keep you, your family, and others safe. While these tips may seem obvious, following this simple list can go a long way to help reduce the number of automobile crashes in Louisiana.

  • Don’t drink and drive. Louisiana’s drunk driving rates have gone down, but we are still the 5th worst state for drunk driving. With services like Uber and Lyft becoming more prevalent, there is even less of an excuse to put yourself and others at risk.
  • Don’t text and drive. We hear this all the time, but it still remains equally important. No text is worth risking your life, the lives of your passengers, or the lives of others.
  • Be extra careful in bad weather. Approximately 22% of all crashes occur in bad weather. Always turn on your headlights during dangerous weather, even if it’s the middle of the day.
  • Keep your vehicle maintained. Regular brake checks and tune ups are vital to avoiding accidents and mechanical problems.

Do you have other tips that you would like to share? If so, please comment below and let us know!

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