There are many contributing factors to car accidents in the Baton Rouge area but many traffic accidents are attributable to poor driving behavior such as speeding. Even drivers who are well under the speed limit can create a risk of a car accident because certain weather conditions make driving well below the speed limit necessary to maintain control of a car.
The recent rain storms in the Baton Rouge area have been cited as a contributing factor in many crashes. One serious crash involved a pickup truck that was involved in a traffic accident on Nicholson Drive near Geranium Street. The truck hit a car and then left the road and came to rest on a metal picnic table. WAFB coverage of the accident shows that the truck sustained severe damage to its front end. Fortunately the bad weather meant that no one was using the picnic table at the time of the crash. Many similar accidents involve pedestrian injuries when a car leaves the road but bad weather makes this less likely.
The pickup truck in the Nicholson Drive crash left the road after colliding with a silver four-door car. The top hood of that car was crumpled and the front bumper was peeled off. The severe damage done to these cars indicates that the accident occurred at high speeds which were likely unsafe for the weather conditions.
It is unclear which driver was speeding or contributed the most to this accident. It is also unclear from news reports whether anyone suffered personal injuries in this accident, but the damage to the vehicles makes likely that at least some minor personal injuries arose out of this accident.
Source: WAFB, "Crash sends truck into picnic table," Joshua Auzenne, Jan. 26, 2012