News & opinion Is New Orleans Dangerous?

Is New Orleans Dangerous?

New Orleans Personal Injury Attorney
heneve

someone

sks me if Ne

O

le

ns is d

nge

ous, ong>I CLENCH MY TEETH<

st

ong>. On one h

nd, I

nt to shout “No

y! It’s

G

E

T city!” On the othe

h

nd, I’m

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egul

ly see the inju

ies

nd t

gic losses people suffe

in Ne

O

le

ns.

So, he

e’s the thing. Ne

O

le

ns, like

ny city, h

s unseen d

nge

s th

t c

n b

ing hm to the innocent

nd un

y. I’m not t

lking

bout c

ime, necess

ily. Yes, people get hu

t in c

imes do

n he

e, like

ny

he

e else. Mo

e f

equently, ho

eve

, the

e

l d

nge

s th

t conf

ont

esidents

nd visito

s to the C

escent City e the eve

yd

y conditions th

t inc

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se the likelihood of ong>c

t

st

ophic

ccidents<

st

ong>

nd ong>life-

lte

ing inju

ies. ong>

h

t kind of

ccidents

nd inju

ies, you s

y?

Tffic

ccidents

The

e e ove

200,000 licensed d

ive

s in O

le

ns P

ish. They

nd othe

d

ive

s f

om neighbo

ing P

ishes

nd st

tes fill the st

eets of Ne

O

le

ns eve

y d

y. P

edict

bly, t

ffic

ccidents

esult. Lots

nd lots of <

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ccidents >.

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ding to the LSU Cente

fo

n

lytics &

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esech in Tffic S

fety, in one

ecent ye, O

le

ns Pish s mo

e th

n 20,000 moto

vehicle

ccidents on its highys

nd by

ys.

little ove

6,300 of those

esulted in f

t

lities o

inju

ies. The

est, 13,680 of them to be p

ecise, involved only p

ope

ty d

m

ge (th

t

e kno

if,

t le

st). These

ccidents nged f

om mino

fende

bende

s th

t c

used little mo

e th

n

n

nnoy

nce to m

jo

ecks th

t tot

led the c

s

nd t

ucks involved.

st

ikingly high p

opo

tion of the

ccidents in Ne

O

le

ns eve

y ye—ove

50 pe

cent, in f

ct—h

ppen

t in-to

n inte

sections.

h

t le

ds to tffic

ccidents in Ne

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ny of them

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su

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n m

ke some educ

ted guesses:
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    eets

    nd c

    o

    ds. ong> Ne

    O

    le

    ns

    s founded in 1712. Its l

    yout

    eflects its p

    st. The st

    eets

    nd sidelks of the C

    escent City just

    e

    en’t designed to

    ccommod

    te the

    mount of pedest

    i

    n

    nd t

    ffic th

    t occupy them tod

    y.

    ith c

    o

    ding comes h

    z

    ds,

    nd

    ith h

    zds,

    ccidents.

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    inking

    nd celebting<>.<

    st

    ong> The Big E

    sy’s sto

    ied

    eput

    tion

    s

    cente

    of music

    nd

    evel

    y comes

    ith

    do

    nside: moto

    vehicle

    ccidents involving

    lcohol consumption, usu

    lly by

    d

    ive

    but sometimes by

    cyclist o

    pedest

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  • ong>Infst

    uctu

    e.<

    st

    ong> Ne

    O

    le

    ns is still

    o

    k (oe-

    o

    k) in p

    og

    ess. City gove

    nment is m

    king <

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    ovements<> to

    o

    ds, b

    idges,

    nd tffic cont

    ol, but those effo

    ts t

    ke time

    nd money.

    hen

    o

    ds f

    ll into dis

    ep

    ind tffic lights stop

    o

    king, the odds of tgic

    ccidents

    ise.<

    li>

Fo

the most pt,

s

pe

son

l inju

y l

ye

, I focus on Ne

O

le

ns t

ffic

ccidents th

t c

used inju

ies

nd f

t

lities.

h

t I knobout those

ccidents is th

t they inflicted

ong>

o

ld of hu

t ong>, litelly

nd figu

tively. If my clients

e lucky, they esc

pe

ccidents

ith b

oken bones,

ches,

nd sp

ins.

s the numbe

s

bove be out, ho

eve

, d

ive

s, p

ssenge

s,

nd pedest

i

ns die in t

ffic

ccidents in NOL

eve

y ye,

nd m

ny mo

e see thei

lives upended by seve

e inju

ies, such

s spin

l co

d d

m

ge, th

t inflict

lifetime of he

lth complic

tions, p

ctic

l limit

tions,

nd ext

eme fin

nci

l difficulty.

P

emises

ccidents

In p

iv

te homes

nd comme

ci

l est

blishments th

oughout Ne

O

le

ns, eve

y d

y, people slip, t

ip, stumble, lose thei

b

l

nce,

nd f

ll. Most of those people get b

ck up nu

sing nothing mo

e th

n

b

uised ego. Some of them ong>ST

Y DO

N<

st

ong> bec

use the f

ll h

s left them ong>SE

IOUSLY INJU

ED<

st

ong>. Unde

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ne

s of p

emises h

ve

duty to p

otect visito

s f

om un

e

son

bly d

nge

ous conditions th

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nd obvious” >.

h

t, ex

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t me

ns in p

ctice depends on the f

cts of

given c

se. ong>HE

E’S

H

T I C

N TELL YOU FO

CE

T

IN<

st

ong>. The

e

e LOTS

ND LOTS of buildings in Ne

O

le

ns th

t, bec

use of thei

ge

nd dis

ep

i

, hide d

nge

s th

t c

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nd to sust

in ong>te

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ies<

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ex

mple ong>, the pe

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epo

ts > of ong>people f

lling f

om b

lconies<

st

ong>. Some of those tgic

ccidents h

ppen

hen someone le

ns out ove

the

iling just

little too f

nd tumbles ove

. Just

s often, ho

eve

, b

lcony f

lls h

ppen bec

use

b

lcony ong>iling gives y unexpectedly<

st

ong>. No

, I don’t kno

bout you, but those c

ses seem to me like

n “<

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son

bly d

nge

ous condition >”! ong>The s

me goes fo

st

i

ys ong>. M

ny NOL

buildings spo

t n

o

, steep st

i

s,

nothe

vestige of ho

buildings

e

e designed

nd built in le bon vieux temps.

nyone

ho h

s climbed

nd descended

n olde

st

i

c

se kno

s ho

t

icky it c

n be to keep thei

b

l

nce

hen

step is uneven o

hen

b

niste

is not p

ope

ly secu

e.

lso, floo

bo

ds

nd tiles th

t h

ve

ped o

ccked f

om ye

s in the Big E

sy’s humidity

nd he

t (

nd the occ

sion

l flood). Most people simply expect to h

ve ste

dy footing

hen they lk into

home o

business.

h

t h

ppens in these

ccidents? ong>T

UST ME:<

st

ong> ong>They c

n get b

d ong>. I h

ve seen f

ll victims

ho h

ve suffe

ed f

om b

oken

ists

nd hips, concussions, bin inju

ies, spin

l co

d inju

ies, slipped discs, to

n knee lig

ments, disloc

ted shoulde

s, l

ce

tions,

nd

b

sions. Olde

Ne

O

le

ns

esidents

nd visito

s f

ce ext

isk f

om these so

ts of

ccidents. F

lls e one of the le

ding c

uses of hospit

liz

tions fome

ic

ns 65

nd olde

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cco

ding to > the Cente

s fo

Dise

se Cont

ol

nd P

evention. So, let me give you

bit of SOUND

dvice.

hen going out

nd

bout in Ne

O

le

ns, TCH YOU

STEP. Hold on tight to

ilings, b

niste

s, o

comp

nion if you

footing looks unste

dy. T

ke c

e

hen it h

s been

ining outside to

void slippe

y floo

s. Ple

se, ong>oh ple

se ong>, DON’T LE

N TOO H

D ON

B

LCONY

ILING. ong>Do you

e

lly nt to len the hd y if it’s st

ong enough to hold you? ong>

C

o

d

nd Celeb

tion-

el

ted

ccidents<

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>The Big E

sy d

s millions of visito

s eve

y ye

to<

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host of events

nd celeb

tions >. Mdi Gs is obviously the biggest

nd most p

ominent, but in

e

lity, you c

n find c

o

ds of me

ym

ke

s

nd music love

s some

he

e

ound Ne

O

le

ns

t

ny time of ye. Most people come

y f

om those events, festiv

ls, p

des,

nd conce

ts

ith only the fondest of memo

ies.<

em>

Unfo

tun

tely, “most people” isn’t eve

yone. Eve

y ye

, ong>

ithout f

il<

st

ong>, ou

city’s celeb

tions t

ke

ong>

e

l

nd dev

st

ting ong> hum

n toll on the ong>innocent

nd unsuspecting ong>. Th

t cost is, pe

h

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ble >

hen you combine l

ge c

o

ds,

lcohol,

nd event m

n

gement se

vices st

etched too thin to keep eve

yone s

fe. Ho

eve

, just bec

use ong>inju

ies

nd f

t

lities ong>

t l

ge events c

nnot be p

evented does not m

ke them

ny less ong>tgic

nd costly ong> fo

those

ffected by them.

llo

me to illustte. In

ese

ching this blog post, I c

me

c

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O

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obson Lutz, MD >, desc

ibing the so

ts of medic

l eme

gencies th

t get t

e

ted by Ne

O

le

ns EMTs

nd eme

gency medicine docto

s du

ing Mdi Gs. ong>Suffice to s

y, it doesn’t p

int

p

etty pictu

e.<

st

ong> B

oken

ists, hips

nd

nkles,

long

ith v

ious deg

ees of scpes to m

jo

l

ce

tions occu

. Besides the occ

sion

l p

de goe

un ove

by

flo

t o

some othe

vehicle, D

. Elde

s

id se

ious

eoccu

ing inju

ies e c

used by jumping ove

fences

nd othe

b

ie

s. Besides b

oken bones, jumping ove

ought i

on fences sep

ting m

ny of the side

lks f

om f

ont y

ds especi

lly upto

n le

d to se

ious leg, thigh,

nd sc

otum

ounds th

t hu

t even to ite

bout.

Need I s

y mo

e? I didn’t think so…

Const

uction Site

ccidents

Ne

O

le

ns is const

ntly in the p

ocess of being

ebuilt. Ne

buildings

ise, old buildings get

enov

tions,

nd gove

nment

ep

i

s

o

ds

nd inf

st

uctu

e. Const

uction is often

MESSY, DIFFICULT JOB. Louisi

no

ke

s

ho m

ke thei

living on

const

uction site f

ce ong>

ll so

ts of d

nge

s on the job ong>. They

o

k

t high heights

ith he

vy equipment

nd often-fl

mm

ble m

te

i

ls. Sometimes, those d

nge

s le

d to C

T

ST

OPHIC INJU

IES

ND F

T

LITIES.

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ious c

se >, uppe

floo

s of the then-unde

-const

uction Hd

ock Hotel on C

n

l St

eet in Ne

O

le

ns coll

psed, killing th

ee const

uction

o

ke

s

nd inju

ing m

ny mo

e. In the

ke of th

t tgedy,<

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l ne

s h

s

epo

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uction of the hotel th

t m

y h

ve led to the coll

pse. One const

uction

o

ke

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ho h

d spoken out<>

bout d

nge

ous conditions on the const

uction site no

f

ces depo

t

tion, complic

ting ongoing gove

nment investig

tions of the coll

pse. F

milies of the

o

ke

s killed in the coll

pse h

ve filed lsuits

lleging

ongful de

th. ong>F

nkly, it’s

micle m

ny, m

ny mo

e people did not get hu

t o

lose thei

lives.<

st

ong> The Hd

ock coll

pse

nd its

fte

m

th illustte the so

ts of d

nge

s

nd complic

tions Ne

O

le

ns const

uction

o

ke

s f

ce on the job. It h

s ised some uncomfo

t

ble questions

bout

hethe

the public c

n st

y s

fe

hen

o

ke

s feel

t

isk if they spe

k out

bout d

nge

ous conditions. Ho

eve

, the public

esolves those issues, CONST

UCTION

O

KE

S NEED LEG

L

DVOC

TES to ong>fight fo

theiights

hen thei

bosses

nd develope

s cut co

ne

s on s

fety. ong>

h

t C

n You Do to M

ke Ne

O

le

ns Less D

nge

ous?

Look, let me be st

ight

ith you. I’ve been

pe

son

l inju

y lye

p

cticing long enough to kno

th

t no one, no m

tte

ho

ceful they t

y to be, c

n elimin

te d

nge

f

om thei

lives. You c

nnot le

d

full

nd fulfilling existence in Ne

O

le

ns o

h

ve

me

ningful

nd enjoy

ble v

c

tion do

n he

e (ony

he

e else, fo

th

t m

tte

)

ithout f

cing some

isks. ong>TH

T’S JUST HO

LIFE GOES.<

st

ong> Th

t doesn’t me

n; ho

eve

, you shouldn’t ong>T

Y TO ST

Y S

FE<

st

ong>. You should. He

e

e

fe

ys to do th

t in

nd

ound Ne

O

le

ns:
  • ong>T

    ke it E

    SY. ong> No need to

    ush you

    y ound to

    n. <

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    >. T

    ke you

    time.

    hethe

    you get ound the C

    escent City on foot, by bike, o

    in

    c

    o

    t

    uck, spending just

    touch mo

    e time looking both

    ys

    t inte

    sections, t

    king you

    foot off the g

    s on stight

    ys,

    nd slo

    ing you

    p

    ce in

    c

    o

    d, c

    n m

    ke

    ll the diffe

    ence in keeping you

    nd othe

    s he

    lthy

    nd s

    fe.

  • ong>Qu

    lity, not qu

    ntity.<

    st

    ong> If you spend time celebting in the Big E

    sy, give v

    lue in the qu

    lity of you

    consumption of food, d

    ink, music,

    nd life he

    e ove

    the qu

    ntity. NOL

    ill

    lys be he

    e. You don’t h

    ve to t

    ke EVE

    YTHING in

    t one go.

  • ong>Love you

    fello

    hum

    n. ong> Look out fo

    othe

    s’ he

    lth

    nd s

    fety in

    c

    o

    d. See you

    f

    iends’ home if they’ve h

    d

    bit too much to d

    ink. Give someone

    h

    nd to hold on

    ickety st

    i

    c

    se.

    ep

    i

    th

    t iling on you

    b

    lcony

    nd

    epo

    t

    ny p

    oblems you see to the pl

    ce’s m

    n

    gement. ong>Ne

    O

    le

    ns is

    community of hum

    nity. Embce it.<

    st

    ong><

    li>

If

Ne

O

le

ns D

nge

C

tches Up

ith You…

Should the

o

st h

ppen,

nd hidden d

nge

of Ne

O

le

ns le

ves you inju

ed o

mou

ning the tgic loss of

loved one, kno

th

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