Basic roadway rules must be followed at all times. That includes driving at the legal speed limit or slower, operating your vehicle with caution, and avoiding engaging in any type of behavior that will deter your attention away from the road. There are many other rules of the roadway we all know and must follow but unfortunately, many still choose to drive recklessly rather than carefully.
The Times-Picayune recently reported that a fatal single-vehicle accident occurred this past Saturday that left a 28-year-old man dead. Louisiana State Police confirmed that the car accident occurred on Interstate 10 in Metairie and Christopher J. Thomas was the unfortunate victim of the incident. It was during the early morning hours when LA police were called to the scene of the crash that appeared to be caused by Thomas himself. Around 4:00 a.m., Thomas was speeding eastbound on I-10 in his 2005 Ford Mustang when he lost control of the vehicle and veered into the cement guardrail on the right side of the interstate near Bonnabel Boulevard.
As a result, his vehicle then crossed over five lanes and struck the guardrail on the other side. Thomas was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the car accident and police are awaiting the results of a toxicology test to determine if he was impaired at the time he veered off the roadway. Although he was transported to University Medical Center, he did not survive the crash.
Had this accident occurred during a busier time of day, there is no doubt that several other lives would have been taken or severely impacted by this collision.
How can I avoid a single-vehicle crash?
Sometimes, it takes more than being a safe driver to avoid a single-vehicle crash. We need to be attentive, responsible, and safe all while operating our vehicles to help prevent an accident from occurring. The fact is, “more than 8,000 people die in single-vehicle rollover crashes in the U.S. each year” and these types of collisions are known to be deadly over any other type of accident [Source: Forbes].
So, if you want to get serious about driving safer and smarter, consider these tips below that will help you avoid engaging in a single-vehicle wreck:
- Avoid driving on curvy roads or isolated rural routes.
- Stay off the road the first day after a winter storm.
- Don’t speed.
- Avoid driving drowsy.
- Never operate a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
The truth is, while this sounds easy enough to avoid doing, these are all the most common reasons why single-vehicle accidents occur.
And if you were recently involved in a single-vehicle wreck or in a collision with another motorist in New Orleans, you will want to become aware of what your rights are and what this accident permits you to collect in terms of compensation. Car accidents are known to bring a great deal of physical and financial strain into a person’s life and the auto accident lawyers at Smith Stag want to help you get through this difficult time with as much ease as possible.
If you would like to discuss your recent incident with a New Orleans, LA car accident attorney now who can explain the many ways in which they can assist with getting you what you are rightfully entitled to collect, call 504-593-9600 today.