According to the latest figures from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission, automobile crashes cost Louisiana $5.6 billion a year. Executive director of the commission, Colonel John Leblanc says that figure includes a myraid of costs associated with a crash, such as medical treatment, loss of wages and litigation.
Leblanc says most vehicle crashes are avoidable, especially the ones that involve alcohol. He says alcohol is a leading cause of traffic crashes that result in deaths and injuries. Leblanc says Louisiana drivers are spending nearly $2,000 a year as the result of automobile crashes, many of those are avoidable.