Foot traffic is an important part of New Orleans culture for visitors and local residents alike. An unfortunate reality, though, is that each year numerous pedestrians in the city are seriously injured or killed as a result of collisions with motor vehicles.
While New Orleans and other cities have taken steps in recent years to prevent pedestrian accidents, the problem is still widespread. On average, each year in the United States there are more than 4,400 pedestrians killed and more than 60,000 injured due to collisions with cars and trucks.
Driver distraction, impaired driving, time of day and other environmental characteristics are all significant factors in pedestrian accidents.
In one of our recent posts, we discussed how driver distraction has already resulted in hundreds of deaths in Louisiana in 2016, and pedestrians are included among the fatalities.
Drunk driving and drugged driving are also forms of negligence that often result in life-altering wrecks in New Orleans, and victims of these senseless crashes deserve full and fair compensation.
Additionally, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that time of day and other environmental characteristics play a significant part in pedestrian accidents.
For example, about 25 percent of pedestrian deaths occur between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m., with another 23 percent occurring between 9 p.m. and midnight. These figures may be particularly relevant for New Orleans pedestrians, given the city's thriving night life.
The NHTSA also reports that nearly 75 percent of pedestrian fatalities occur in urban areas like New Orleans, and nearly 70 percent occur at non-intersections, while about 20 percent occur at intersections.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a negligent driver while walking in New Orleans, don't hesitate to seek legal representation from an experienced personal injury lawyer.
In many cases, vacationers and people on business trips are at a loss as to how to proceed after being injured in a pedestrian accident. On top of interstate travel and workers' compensation concerns, there may be complex issues of civil liability that have to be addressed -- all while the victim is trying to recover.
Let a personal injury attorney with a record of success handle your case and pursue the maximum in compensation on your behalf.
To learn more, please see the Law Offices of Gregory P. DiLeo's overview of pedestrian and bicycle accidents in greater New Orleans.