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New Orleans Traffic Accident Statistics

Car Accident Lawyer NO
t Ste

t J. Guss, Inju

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ccident L

ye

s,

e love good c

ccident st

tistics! Befo

e you get

ll bothe

ed by th

t confession, let me just s

y, I kno

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tistics m

kes us mo

e th

n

little unusu

l<

st

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ct is, ho

eve

, th

t d

t

bout t

ffic

ccidents, inju

ies,

nd f

t

lities in Ne

O

le

ns give ou

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leg

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SEVE

E INJU

IES

nd TGIC LOSSES OF LOVED ONES suffe

ed in these

ccidents. If you'

e

onde

ing ho

m

ny c

ccidents e h

ppening ne

you in Ne

O

le

ns, LSU publishes det

iled st

tistics

bout t

ffic

ccidents th

oughout Louisi

n

. In tod

y’s blog post,

e focus on

subset of th

t info

m

tion: ong>tffic

ccident st

tistics fo

Ne

O

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st

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e

d on to len

bout the numbe

s

nd types of t

ffic

ccidents th

t h

ppen in the Big E

sy,

nd ou

thoughts on ho

th

t d

t

c

n help to keep you s

fe the next time you ventu

e out onto city st

eets

s

d

ive

, cyclist, o

pedest

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The Big Pictu

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ffic

ccidents in the Big E

sy

ccident Tot

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In the l

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s this blog post goes to p

int, the

e

e

e 6,344 t

ffic

ccidents in O

le

ns Pish (the v

st m

jo

ity of them in Ne

O

le

ns p

ope

) th

t

esulted in eithe

f

t

lity (40 c

shes) o

inju

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shes). In those 6,344 f

t

l o

inju

y c

shes, 41 people died,

nd 10,621 people sust

ined inju

ies. Th

t s

me ye, O

le

ns Pish

lso s

13,680 c

shes involving p

ope

ty d

m

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Estim

ted Costs<

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The estim

ted cost of these

ccidents—f

t

l, inju

y,

nd “p

ope

ty d

m

ge only”—

s HUGE, to use

technic

l te

m. LSU’s c

lcul

tions estim

te the tot

l cost of

ll of O

le

ns P

ish’s c

shes in one

ecent ye n to $965.76 million. Th

t’s

bout $4,794 in

nnu

l costs pe

licensed d

ive

in Ne

O

le

ns.

nk Comped to Othe

P

ishes

B

sed on the numbe

of

ccidents pe

100,000

esidents,

nd on the numbe

of

ccidents pe

100 million miles tveled, in one

ecent ye

O

le

ns P

ish

nked ong>fi

st ong>

mong

ll pishes fo

inju

y cshes. In otheo

ds,

hen it comes to tffic

ccidents in

hich someone got inju

ed, O

le

ns P

ish h

d the fe

est such c

shes pe

100,000 of popul

tion,

nd pe

100 million miles d

iven, of

ny P

ish in Louisi

n

th

t ye. ong>Th

t’s the good ne

s. ong> The b

d ne

s is,

hen

nked

g

inst othe

Pishes fo

f

t

l c

shes, O

le

ns P

ish f

ed SPECT

CULLY POO

LY. It fell to

dism

l ong>51st<

st

ong> in the nkings fo

f

t

l c

shes pe

100,000

esidents,

nd

not-much-bette

ong>38th ong> fo

f

t

l c

shes pe

100 million miles tveled. (P

elimin

y numbe

s fo

the subsequent ye

suggest those

nkings h

ve

em

ined

bout the s

me.)

Big Pictu

e T

ke

y

So, the big pictu

e p

inted by the d

t

is th

t in O

le

ns Pish,

nd Ne

O

le

ns in pticul, the

e

e ong>LOTS<

st

ong> of tffic

ccidents, they cost ong>TONS OF MONEY<

st

ong>,

nd

disp

opo

tion

tely ong>lge pe

cent

ge of

o

d use

s die ong> in tffic

ccidents in Ne

O

le

ns comped to othe

p

ishes, even though Ne

O

le

ns moto

ists h

ve

comp

tively lo

te of t

ffic

ccident inju

ies.

Victims of T

ffic

ccidents in Ne

O

le

ns

LSU so

ts d

t

on

o

d use

s killed o

inju

ed in t

ffic

ccidents into th

ee c

tego

ies: d

ive

s, p

ssenge

s,

nd pedest

i

ns. Of the 41 tffic f

t

lities th

t h

ppened in

nd

ound Ne

O

le

ns in one

ecent ye

, 18 of the victims

e

e d

ive

s of vehicles, 5

e

e vehicle p

ssenge

s,

nd 18

e

e pedest

i

ns. Out of the 10,621 people inju

ed, 6,704

e

e d

ive

s, 3,520

e

e p

ssenge

s,

nd 397

e

e pedest

i

ns. So,

h

t do these d

t

sho

? Fi

st, th

t d

ive

s h

ve the highest ovell p

ob

bility of suffe

ing

n inju

y o

f

t

lity in

t

ffic

ccident in Ne

O

le

ns,

hich isn’t

ll th

t su

p

ising since you c

n’t

e

lly h

ve

t

ffic

ccident

ithout someone d

iving

vehicle. Second, th

t if you e

pedest

i

n involved in

tffic

ccident (n

mely, if someone hits you

ith

c), you h

ve

much higheisk of dying in

t

ffic

ccident th

n

nyone else does. This f

ct, too, p

ob

bly isn’t especi

lly shocking, conside

ing ho

vulneble pedest

i

ns e in

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ct

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t

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ys host to some ve

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bly LEGENDY celebtions du

ing C

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lcohol-

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ccidents<>, inju

ies,

nd f

t

lities occu

in O

le

ns P

ish. In one

ecent ye, fo

ex

mple, the months

ith the highest numbe

of f

t

l

lcohol-

el

ted t

ffic

ccidents (th

ee in e

ch month)

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p

il, M

y,

nd

ugust.

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hen M

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s comes in l

te Feb

u

y, the high-

te

months folcohol-

el

ted tffic

ccidents

esulting in inju

ies

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e M

ch (40

ccidents), June (36),

nd Decembe

(39). If

nything, it

ppes th

t pe

h

ps bec

use of the vehicle

est

ictions in

nd

ound Ne

O

le

ns du

ing C

niv

l, tffic

ccidents decline (o

t le

st st

y fl

t) du

ing th

t time. Still, the pictu

e of

lcohol use

nd t

ffic

ccidents in Ne

O

le

ns is NOT

T

LL

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some of the highest

numbe

s of

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ies

nd f

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ton

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ny of Ne

O

le

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ffic

ccidents.<

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Tffic

ccidents

ffecting Bicyclists in Ne

O

le

ns

It

s

“good” ye fo

bicyclists in Ne

O

le

ns

ecently, if by “good” you me

n th

t no bicyclists DIED in t

ffic

ccidents (unlike p

evious ye

s). Th

t su

ely comes

s sm

ll comfo

t, ho

eve

, to the 199 bicyclists

ho suffe

ed inju

ies in bicycle-involved t

ffic incidents in O

le

ns P

ish th

t ye (

nd to the 29 people st

te-

ide

ho died in such

ccidents). It

ould seem th

t Ne

O

le

ns simply ong>lucked out ong> th

t no one

iding

bicycle died in

tffic

ccident in th

t ye. Th

ough the end of Novembe

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LL FOU

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t

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lcohol,

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se in one of the M

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he

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s

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Young D

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O

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ns P

ish. The pictu

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IM, to s

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ges of 15

nd 24 m

ke up only just 11.46 pe

cent of the popul

tion of licensed d

ive

s in the Ne

O

le

ns e

, but they

ccounted fo

12.5 pe

cent of the d

ive

s in f

t

l cshes in O

le

ns Pish in one

ecent ye

nd HOPPING 25.59 pe

cent of d

ive

s in t

ffic

ccidents th

t c

used inju

ies.

Those

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ns Pish one of the most d

nge

ous Pishes fo

young d

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s in

ll of Louisi

n

. The d

t

is not

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ble

t the Pish level fo

the gende

s of those young d

ive

s, but

t the st

te level the d

t

sho

th

t YOUNG M

LE D

IVE

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ticul

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using

nd f

t

l

ccidents

t

F

HIGHE

te th

n young fem

le d

ive

s.

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ccidents

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O

le

ns Inte

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LSU

lso studies

he

e tffic

ccidents occu

. It

ill p

ob

bly come

s no su

p

ise to

nyone

ho h

s n

vig

ted some of the tight do

nto

n st

eets in Ne

O

le

ns th

t ou

f

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sections in O

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ns P

ish in one

ecent ye. The V

ST M

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ITY of them h

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o

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cent

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t h

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le

ns P

ish in one

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t city st

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nd think

bout th

t fo

minute. The

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t

ffic

ccident c

n h

ppen. In

ny given ye

, the ong>ST

TE

IDE

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t ONLY

bout one-thi

d of

ll cshes

ill h

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t inte

sections. ong>In Ne

O

le

ns, mo

e th

n 55 pe

cent of

ll cshes—f

t

l, inju

y-c

using,

nd “p

ope

ty d

m

ge only”—h

ppen

t inte

sections.<

st

ong> Th

t is

Y

bove the b

seline fo

Louisi

n

s

hole. Numbe

s like th

t send one

ning: EVE

YONE MUST BE C

EFUL

hen c

ossing the st

eet o

m

king

tu

n

t

light

ny

he

e in the Big E

sy.

Ne

O

le

ns D

ive

Dist

ction C

shes

Dist

cted d

iving

lso pl

ys

l

ge

ole in tffic

ccidents in O

le

ns P

ish. Th

t

ill p

ob

bly come

s NO SU

P

ISE to

nyone

ho o

ns

smt phone

nd finds themselves M

GNETIC

LLY D

N to

sc

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heneve

it is neby. He

e is the inte

esting pt, ho

eve

.

cco

ding to LSU, F MO

E dist

cted d

iving-

el

ted tffic

ccidents in

nd ound Ne

O

le

ns in one

ecent ye involved distctions othe

th

n cell phones. The most common distction

cco

ding to LSU s

c

tego

y l

beled “Othe

Inside Vehicle”—

hich

e c

n only inte

p

et to me

n dist

ctions like tu

ning ound to t

lk to kids, fiddling

ith the dio settings, oe

ching to the floo

to pick up something th

t d

opped. The second most common c

tego

y of distction fo

d

ive

s involved in

ccidents in O

le

ns Pish in one

ecent ye

s “Othe

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e e

LOT of outside-the-vehicle visu

l distctions in the Big E

sy ong>. Th

t’s one of the things th

t m

kes ou

to

n so F

BULOUS—the

e is

lot to look ... even gk

t. Just bec

use NOL

h

s some p

etty

M

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nd sounds, though, doesn’t me

n you should p

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ns out,

ep

esented only the thi

d most common dist

ction involved in t

ffic

ccidents in O

le

ns Pish in one

ecent ye

.

hich isn’t to s

y you should let do

n you

gu

d

nd t

y to send

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hen you get to

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ell,

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lot of those c

shes h

ppened bec

use of d

ive

dist

ction. So put you

dn phone do

n

l

e

dy!

h

t Ne

O

le

ns T

ffic

ccident St

tistics Tell Us

h

t c

n

e m

ke of

ll these numbe

s

nd pe

cent

ges

nd nkings

nd such?

ell, the d

t

tell us th

t d

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iding,

nd lking in Ne

O

le

ns comes

ith

HUGE numbe

of potenti

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zds, f

om tipsy young m

le d

ive

s to c

o

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sections.

No

mind,

e don’t me

n to SCE you. Ne

O

le

ns is

sensu

l fe

st beloved by its

esidents

nd

do

ed by its visito

s.

e encouge eve

yone to come s

mple

h

t the city h

s to offe

. But BE CEFUL. N

o

st

eets c

o

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ith meym

ke

s,

nd v

ious types of vehicles c

n le

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