A teen driver died in an Iberia Parish crash this spring just hours before he was to accept his high school diploma at graduation. The crash also took the life of his 16-year-old brother. The teens from New Iberia died after the elder brother failed to yield to at a stop sign.
Intersections are one of the most common places for car accidents to occur, since traffic traveling in different directions must interact. Most intersections have traffic lights, stop signs, or other devices to help ensure motorists remain safe. However, these devices are not effective if drivers ignore or do not see them.
What caused the New Iberia car accident?
The crash that killed the two brothers occurred at the intersection of South Port Boulevard and East Admiral Doyle. The 18-year-old behind the wheel failed to stop and yield the right of way while turning from South Port onto East Admiral Doyle. An SUV traveling east could not stop in time to avoid colliding with the vehicle piloted by the teen and carrying his younger brother.
Both brothers died on the scene.
What can we learn from this accident?
According to data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the largest amount of intersection crashes involved drivers under 21. Almost a quarter of these accidents in 2010 involved drivers who are turning left.
However, only 31 percent of these crashes occurred at intersections with stop signs. This is in contrast to 52.5 percent of intersection accidents that took place at traffic lights.
About 56 percent of intersection crashes occurred because of a recognition error. This may include:
- Inadequate surveillance
- Internal distraction
- External distraction
Because of the age of the driver in this crash, inexperience may also play a role. Like most other states, Louisiana has a graduated driver’s license program in place. The state’s program is similar to most states, but may still lack requirements necessary to prepare young drivers for all situations they may encounter.
In Louisiana, teens can get an unrestricted license at 17 years old, assuming they met the requirements for an intermediate license and have:
- No at-fault crashes in the last year
- No moving violations in the last year
- No violations of curfew, drug, or alcohol laws in the last year
Several states now advocate for teens holding restricted licenses up to age 21, to ensure drivers have considerable experience behind the wheel, and have the maturity to remain focused on the road.
What do I need to do after a Lafayette intersection crash?
If another driver caused you to suffer injuries in a Lafayette intersection accident, the Law Offices of Matt & Allen can help you recover the compensation you need to pay your medical bills, cover lost wages, and get back on your feet. We can identify the liable party or parties, collect the evidence to back your case, file your claim, and even negotiate your settlement with the insurance company.
Call us today at 337-237-1000 to schedule a free case evaluation and learn more about your legal options.