In some states, cars and pedestrians can mix fairly safely. In others, however, the risk of being injured in an accident as a pedestrian, is high. Based on traffic accident data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Louisiana is in the top 10 most dangerous states for pedestrians in the United States. Louisiana is number five on the list, making it the fifth most dangerous state for pedestrians.
Across the country, most pedestrian deaths happen in urban areas (76 percent of pedestrian deaths are in urban areas). New Orleans is not only a busy area for traffic, but pedestrian traffic is heavy, composed of both locals and tourists. The ranking for Louisiana being the fifth most dangerous states for pedestrians is based on data from 2014: for every 100,000 people in the state, there were 2.26 pedestrian fatalities. Total pedestrian fatalities in Louisiana in 2014 was 105, making it the thirteenth highest number of total pedestrian fatalities in one state. Total traffic fatalities were 737, making Louisiana the state with the seventeenth highest number of traffic fatalities.
What makes Louisiana dangerous for pedestrians?
Many factors can determine the safety level for pedestrians in an area. In New Orleans or other urban areas, pedestrians are more likely to be walking near roadways, increasing the danger. Other factors that can determine safety for pedestrians include:
- Speed limits
- Whether sidewalks are available and prevalent
- Whether drivers respect and obey traffic laws such as yielding to pedestrians and giving them right of way
- Whether the city is a popular tourist destination, which can increase both the number of pedestrians, and the number of pedestrians who may unfamiliar with the area's roadways and traffic
- Whether pedestrians follow traffic laws, such as crossing the street at designated pedestrian crossing areas
- Whether pedestrians may be intoxicated as they walk, causing them to pay less attention to traffic or become distracted while walking
- Whether there is a high rate of drivers driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Whether there is a high rate of distracted drivers in the area
Your rights if you are a victim of a pedestrian accident
Being a victim of a motor vehicle accident as a pedestrian can leave you with crippling injuries. You have the right to walk and enjoy the beautiful city of New Orleans and the state of Louisiana without becoming a victim of a terrible accident. Unfortunately, the reality is these accidents happen. An attorney experienced in defending the rights of those injured in pedestrian accidents can help answer your questions about what steps to take when you are injured, and who may be liable for damages.