Our city is a tourist destination. There is no doubt about that, and even during these times, the roadways around New Orleans are not safe spaces, especially for pedestrians. And, when a pedestrian accident occurs, serious injuries often befall the pedestrian because they are being impacted by literally thousands of pounds of metal without any protection. This is unfortunately what happened Sunday to an elderly local in a recent pedestrian accident.
According to the New Orleans Police Department, the unidentified local woman was hit by a Ford F-150 just before 6:00 a.m. while crossing the street at Canal Street and South Salcedo. Unfortunately, she died soon after the impact. The truck driver did not flee.
Though, this is not this area’s first fatal car accident involving a pedestrian. A few short months ago, another fatal bicycle accident occurred at Canal Street and Canal and North Rendon Street. While the early NOPD reports from officers state that they do not believe alcohol or drugs were involved, the accident is still under investigation. Any witnesses are encouraged to contact NOPD.
The aftermath of car accidents
After each Louisiana car or pedestrian accident, the negligent driver that caused the accident can be held responsible. If no one was killed, the victims of the accident can file a personal injury lawsuit. If, on the other hand, someone was killed in the accident or later dies as a result of injuries sustained in the crash, the victim’s estate and their surviving family members can file a wrongful death lawsuit against the negligent driver. These types of lawsuits allow New Orleans victims and their families to find justice and receive compensation for their damages and pain and suffering.