Posted in Our Blog on October 7, 2019
Although the number of fatal crashes and total fatalities on Louisiana’s diverse roads and highways has been steadily decreasing in the past decade, the quantity of fatal crashes that still occur remains a serious problem – especially those involving drunk driving. We wanted to see where fatal crashes were still occurring on a regular basis in Louisiana. So, we turned to the data analysis and data visualization team at 1Point21 Interactive for assistance. Using data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, we were able to identify the location of all fatal car accidents that occurred in Louisiana from 2015-2017 (the latest data). This interactive map above shows all the fatal crashes In Louisiana over this time period.
Categorized by city, these have the largest quantity of fatal crashes and total fatalities in Louisiana.
|City||Fatal Crashes||Total Fatalities||Fatal Crashes Involving a Drunk Driver|
New Orleans topped the list in all metrics, with 139 fatal crashes leading to 149 total fatalities – and 49 of those crashes involving a driver who was intoxicated. Baton Rouge followed closely behind, with 126 fatal crashes leading to 129 total fatalities – and 39 crashes involving a drunk driver.
Interestingly, although the top 10 generally corresponds with the 10 most populous cities in Louisiana, there are quite a few notable exceptions:
According to the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission, traffic fatalities and serious injuries in Louisiana have decreased by 24 percent in the past decade. Despite that, the state’s fatality crash rate per 100 million vehicles traveled remains higher than the national average.
Pointing out which areas and roads have the highest concentration of fatal crashes and fatalities can help us pinpoint potential trouble spots in Louisiana. By doing so, we hope we can start some sort of discourse toward understanding why these occur at a higher rate in these particular areas – and how we can use these conversations to further reduce fatal crashes and fatalities in the state.
We hope that this visualization helps people to realize how many fatalities there are on our streets and highways in Louisiana and ultimately will make people think twice before speeding, driving distracted or drinking before getting behind the wheel.