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It is no ex

ggetion to s

y th

t tffic

ccidents ve

it

bly pl

gue the highys of the Big E

sy. Eve

y d

y, citizens

nd visito

s to the C

escent city find themselves in the ong>p

inful<

st

ong>

nd ong>f

ightening ong> ci

cumst

nce of suddenly sust

ining ong>se

ious inju

ies<

st

ong>

nd ong>losing loved ones<

st

ong> in tffic

ccidents involving c

s, t

ucks, moto

cycles, bicycles,

nd pedest

i

ns. Th

t is

hy I h

ve decided to spend this blog post t

lking

bout the v

ious types of t

ffic

ccidents th

t c

n bef

ll

n unfo

tun

te soul in Ne

O

le

ns. By educ

ting you

bout these

ccidents, I hope, pe

h

ps, to help you

void getting into one. Of cou

se, if you h

ve

l

e

dy<

em> suffe

ed the tum

of

Ne

O

le

ns t

ffic

ccident

nd need leg

l help,

n expe

ienced <

h

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O

le

ns c

c

sh l

fi

m<> is just

phone c

ll o

ch

t

y.

Ne

O

le

ns Tffic

ccident Ove

vie

LSU’s Cente

fon

lysis &

mp;

ese

ch in T

nspo

t

tion S

fety<

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HUGE t

ove of st

tistics

bout tffic

ccidents in Louisi

n

.

mong those is info

m

tion

bout c

shes in Ne

O

le

ns (

ell, in O

le

ns P

ish, to be p

ecise). LSU’s d

t

sho

s 6,344 t

ffic

ccidents in

nd

ound Ne

O

le

ns the most

ecent ye

fo

hich d

t

is

v

il

ble, 40 of them f

t

l

nd

nothe

6,304 of them

esulting in inju

ies to d

ive

s, p

ssenge

s,

nd pedest

i

ns.

nothe

13,680 cshes involved only p

ope

ty d

m

ge,

t le

st so f

s

e kno

.

These

ccidents piled up

TON of costs;

bout $965.76 million<

em> by LSU’s estim

te, o

some

he

e

ound $4,794 fo

eve

y licensed d

ive

in O

le

ns P

ish. Of cou

se, not

ll of those doll

s

eflect losses foccident victims but m

ke no mist

ke: the

nnu

l toll of tffic

ccidents in Ne

O

le

ns is ENO

MOUS.

Let’s t

ke

close

look

t the types of

ccidents th

t h

ppen in the Big E

sy.

T

ffic

ccidents

t Inte

sections<

h2>
One of the most stunning pieces of d

tv

il

ble f

om LSU is the f

ct th

t mo

e th

n h

lf<

em> of

ll tffic

ccidents in Ne

O

le

ns h

ppen <

h

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tepo

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epo

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">

T INTE

SECTIONS<>. Th

t is

SHOCKING st

tistic bec

use st

te

ide, only

bout

thi

d of

ll

ccidents h

ppen

t inte

sections e

ch ye

. I h

ve not found

n

n

lysis of

hy tffic

ccidents in the Big E

sy h

ppen so <

h

ef=”https://c

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ccident-

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e often

t inte

sections > th

n the st

te

ve

ge, but I suspect it h

s something to do

ith the city’s n

o

, c

o

ded st

eets,

lcohol use

mong d

ive

s,

nd

ging city infst

uctu

e th

t m

kes getting ound eve

-mo

e difficult

nd f

ustting

ith e

ch p

ssing ye

.

h

t kind of t

ffic

ccidents h

ppen

t Ne

O

le

ns inte

sections? T

o of the most common

e b

o

dside collisions

nd <

h

ef="https:

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yvictims.comh

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hen-cs-hit-pedest

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ns

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el=”noopene

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">vehicles st

iking pedest

i

ns. >

B

o

dside (

.k.

. T-bone) Collisions<

h3>

he

eve

tffic l

nes c

oss

t

ight

ngles, you c

n ong>bet on

ccidents<

st

ong> involving one vehicle

unning into the side of

nothe

. In f

ct, in O

le

ns Pish, nely t

o-thi

ds of the inte

section c

shes on city st

eets involved

side imp

ct,

nd <

h

ef=”https://c

inju

yvictims.com

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o

dside-collisions/” t

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el=”noopene

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">b

o

dside collisions<>

e

e

esponsible fo

ong>

lmost<

st

ong> ong>seven of the ten ong> of the inte

section

ccidents

esulting in inju

ies. ong>If you

sk me<

st

ong>,

lthough these

e some high numbe

s, they e not especi

lly su

p

ising. Inte

sections e ong>f

mously d

nge

ous<

st

ong><

em> “points of conflict”

he

e the intentions of d

ive

s, bike

s, cyclists,

nd pedest

i

ns cl

sh. Tffic enginee

s spend thei

cee

s studying inte

sections to find ys to m

ke them s

fe

. In

city like Ne

O

le

ns, ho

eve

, it’s not

n option to

edesign o

ove

h

ul inte

sections. The n

o

st

eets

nd histo

ic buildings do

n he

e don’t

llo

fo

much physic

l ch

nge.

The ong>ch

llenges ong> conf

onting

d

ive

pp

o

ching

n inte

section in the Big E

sy include:
  • ong>Seeing ong> othe

    vehicles, cyclists,

    nd pedest

    i

    ns

    t the s

    me inte

    section,

    hich is not e

    sy

    t c

    o

    ded inte

    sections

    ith ong>limited sight lines ong><

    li>

  • ong>P

    edicting ong> the beh

    vio

    s of those

    o

    d use

    s (

    ssuming the d

    ive

    c

    n see them

    t

    ll)

  • ong>Follo

    ing ong> often confusing o

    m

    lfunctioning tffic sign

    ls (

    nd hoping othe

    s do the s

    me)<

    li>

  • ong>

    n

    lyzing<

    st

    ong>

    hen it is s

    fe to c

    oss the inte

    section.<

    li>

Guess

h

t? D

ive

s often get those t

sks ONG.

hethe

th

ough ong>

lcohol use, f

tigue, confusion, poo

visibility, pl

in old

ecklessness ong>, o

they misjudge

hethe

it is s

fe to enten inte

section,

nd then—b

m—

b

o

dside collision h

ppens.

The inju

ies fo

d

ive

s

nd p

ssenge

s in these

ccidents ong>C

N

UIN LIVES<

st

ong>. It is common fo

the occup

nts of the vehicle st

uck on its side, in p

ticul

, to suffe

ong>C

T

ST

OPHIC INJU

IES ong> like bin tumnd d

m

ge to thei

ong>spin

l co

ds<

st

ong>.

fte

ll, unlike the occup

nts of the vehicle th

t hit them, these occup

nts h

ve

lmost noong> c

body m

te

i

l<

st

ong> sep

ting them f

om the point of imp

ct. Se

tbelts

lso p

ovide only minim

l p

otection in side-imp

ct

ccidents. So,

hen you

e behind the

heel in the Big E

sy, T

KE CE

T INTE

SECTIONS, Y

’ HE

?

Pedest

i

n

ccidents<

h2>

emembe

ho

I s

id th

t

ong>hefty pe

cent

ge<

st

ong> of the tffic

ccidents

esulting in inju

ies

t Ne

O

le

ns inte

sections involve b

o

dside collisions? The s

me does not hold t

ue

hen it comes to

ccidents

t inte

sections th

t

esult in ong>f

t

lities ong>. In one

ecent ye

, the

e

e

e 17 f

t

lities

t Big E

sy inte

sections, but only th

ee of them h

ppened bec

use of b

o

dside collisions. The d

t

does not s

y ex

ctly

hy th

t is, but ong>I h

ve

guess ong>. I bet it’s bec

use m

ny of those f

t

lities involved ong>pedest

i

ns ong>. ss=”

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p-im

ge-42027″ s

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idth=”300″ height=”214″ />LOTS

ND LOTS of people, especi

lly tou

ists, get ound the C

escent City on foot. Inte

sections e <

h

ef="https:

/c

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yvictims.comvoid-pedest

i

n-

ccidents/” t

get=”_bl

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el=”noopene

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">VE

Y D

NGE

OUS > pl

ces fo

them bec

use, in

collision bet

een

vehicle

nd

n unp

otected hum

n body, the ong>hum

n

l

ys loses ong>. The <

h

ef="https:

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yvictims.com

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ies-collisions-cs-pedest

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ns

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get=”_bl

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el=”noopene

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e tum

ong><> of being th

o

n into the

i

nd/o

to the g

ound by

n imp

ct

ith

vehicle t

kes lives. Even if

pedest

i

n su

vives

collision

ith

c

o

t

uck, ong>C

T

ST

OPHIC INJU

IE<

st

ong>S like seve

e f

ctu

es, bin

nd spin

l co

d inju

ies,

nd o

g

n d

m

ge c

n still follo

.

Moto

cycle

nd Bicycle

ccidents<

h2>
ong>He

e’s some “good” ne

s.<

st

ong>

el

tively fe

moto

cyclists

nd bicyclists <

h

ef=”https://c

inju

yvictims.com

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-info

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tion-moto

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ccident-f

t

lities

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get=”_bl

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el=”noopene

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">died in tffic

ccidents > in Ne

O

le

ns du

ing the most

ecent ye

fo

hich st

tistics e

v

il

ble (

hich isn’t

l

ys the c

se). Like else

he

e ound Louisi

n

, ho

eve

,

iding

t

o

heeled vehicle, be it moto

ized o

ped

l-po

e

ed, still comes

ith HUGE

ISKS.

Getting into

n

ccident on

ny kind of bike me

ns

likely ong>collision ong>,

t speed,

ith

n unfo

givingly hd object o

su

f

ce like, s

y,

vehicle,

o

d, o conc

ete b

ie

o

sidelk. ong>TH

T COLLISION<

st

ong>, in tu

n, t

nsl

tes into

high

isk of de

th o

tum

tic inju

ies like seve

e ong>

o

d sh, bin

nd spin

l d

m

ge, complex fctu

es,

nd o

thopedic inju

ies<

st

ong>, to n

me just

fe

.

Bike

s of

ll st

ipes

ho

ide on the Big E

sy’s n

o

, c

o

ded st

eets (pticully bicyclists)

lso h

ve to contend

ith the

isk of ong>DOO

INGS,<

st

ong>

p

ticul

ly insidious fo

m of

ccident fo

t

o-

heele

s th

t h

ppens

hen someone opens

vehicle doo

di

ectly into thei

tvel l

ne. This bike s

fety

ebsite lists<

h

ef=”https://bicycles

fe.com

doo

p

ize.html”

el="nofollo

“> th

ee Ne

O

le

ns doo

ing de

ths >, but I

ould bet you th

t hund

eds of these <

h

ef=”https://c

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cycle-

ccidents

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get=”_bl

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">

ccidents inju

e

ide

s<> eve

y ye

in the C

escent City. Ou

st

eets e just too n

o

nd too c

o

ded fo

these

ccidents not to h

ppen. ong>Th

t doesn’t me

n

e shouldn’t t

y to p

event them, ho

eve

<

st

ong>. Moto

ists c

n do thei

p

t to p

otect

ide

s by implementing

simple ch

nge in ho

they

e

ch fo

thei

doo

h

ndle. It’s c

lled the <

h

ef="https:

/

.dutch

e

ch.o

g”

el="nofollo

“>Dutch

e

ch >,

nd

ll it me

ns is to

e

ch

c

oss you

body fo doo

h

ndle,

hich fo

ces you to tu

n you

to

so in

y th

t m

kes it e

sy to look to see if opening you

dooould c

e

te

ong>sudden, de

dly obst

cle<

st

ong> fo bike

.

Comme

ci

l Vehicle

ccidents<

h2>
It is difficult fo

t

ucks

nd othe

comme

ci

l vehicles to n

vig

te m

ny of the st

eets of Ne

O

le

ns. Unfo

tun

tely, inc

e

singly they h

ve no choice. C

escent City

esidents need p

ck

ges delive

ed,

nd business o

ne

s need supplies

nd invento

y to keep thei

shelves

nd kitchens stocked.

s t

uck t

ffic inc

e

ses, SO DO

CCIDENTS. <

h

ef="https:

/c

inju

yvictims.com

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uses-of-t

uck-

ccidents

” t

get=”_bl

nk"

el=”noopene

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efe

e

">ong>T

uck

ccidents ong><> do not end

ell fo

the sm

lle

vehicle o

pedest

i

n involved. T

ucks e he

vy

nd t

ll. In

collision, they inflict ong>outsized d

m

ge ong>,

nd

hen they spill thei

c

go, they c

e

te

huge mess (

t the ve

y le

st). ong>Seve

e inju

ies<

st

ong> e common in cshes involving t

ucks.

Dist

cted D

iving

ccidents

ong>He

e’s something else th

t

on’t shock you, I bet. ong> <

h

ef="https:

/c

inju

yvictims.com

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cted-t

uck-d

ive

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n-inju

e-people

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get=”_bl

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el=”noopene

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efe

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">Distcted d

ive

s<> c

use

LOT of tffic

ccidents in Ne

O

le

ns. Even though texting

nd d

iving is<

h

ef="https:

/l

.justi

.com

codes/louisi

n

/2011/

s

title32/

s32-300-5

el="nofollo

“> illeg

l in Louisi

n

<>, the th

e

t of

ticket does not

lys stop Big E

sy

esidents

nd visito

s f

om <

h

ef=”https://c

inju

yvictims.com

dist

cted-d

iving-

ccidents-f

cts

” t

get=”_bl

nk"

el=”noopene

no

efe

e

">sne

king

peek

t thei

phones<> behind the

heel. Even though it should be cle

to EVE

YONE by no

th

t it is b

sic

lly IMPOSSIBLE to p

y

ttention to

sc

een

nd the

o

d

t the s

me time, d

ive

s still t

y

nd end up c

using

ccidents th

t kill

nd inju

e othe

s.

ong>No

I’m going to tell you something you might not h

ve expected.<

st

ong>

s f

t

lly dist

cting

s smtphones c

n be fo

d

ive

s, they e by f not the only type of distction th

t c

n le

d to ong>c

t

st

ophe ong> on Ne

O

le

ns

o

ds. In f

ct, if LSU’s d

t

is to be believed, d

ive

s, bike

s,

nd pedest

i

ns

ho get into

ccidents bec

use of dist

ction h

ve h

d thei

ttention d

n

y f

om s

fe decisions f

mo

e often by non-sc

een-

el

ted f

cto

s both inside

nd outside of vehicles th

n they do by sc

eens. Like

h

t? Hobout tu

ning

ound to t

lk to kids in the b

ck se

t, oe

ching fo

something you d

opped on the floo

, o

d

inking in the sights

nd sounds of Ne

O

le

ns

hen you step off of the side

lk inste

d of p

ying

ttention to tffic lights

nd

pp

o

ching tffic? E

ch of those tot

lly typic

l beh

vio

s c

n

mount to

f

t

l distction. So, P

Y

TTENTION. The

e is

time to h

ve you

ttention d

n

y f

om

h

t’s h

ppening on the

o

d, but th

t su

e is not

hen you e on the

o

d.

Help

fte

Ne

O

le

ns T

ffic

ccidents<

h2>
I hope th

t I h

ven’t SC

ED you by my dig

essions

bout the types of t

ffic

ccidents in Ne

O

le

ns

nd the ong>pe

son

l c

l

mities ong> th

t

ccomp

ny them. Then

g

in, I don’t mind p

ticul

ly if I h

ve given you

little f

ight<

em>, bec

use

lthough I m

ke my living helping people

ecove

f

om

ccident

l inju

ies, I

ould ong>

l

ys ong> p

efe

th

t someone not suffe

t

gedy

nd need my se

vices.

The unfo

tun

te

e

lity is, ong>tffic

ccidents do h

ppen<

st

ong>, even

hen

e t

y ou

best to

void them.

hen th

t occu

s, you

ill find ong>no bette

f

iend<

st

ong> in you

fight fo

justice

nd f

i

compens

tion th

n

n expe

ienced Ne

O

le

ns tffic

ccident inju

y

tto

ney<

em>. Louisi

n

l

entitles victims of othe

peoples’ negligent

nd

eckless

ctions to seek compens

tion fo

the p

in

nd loss those

ongdoe

s inflicted. Victims

nd thei

f

milies must

ct quickly

nd m

ke su

e they h

ve

ong>t

usted leg

l

dviso

<

st

ong> by thei

side

ho kno

s the ins-

nd-outs of Louisi

n

’s some

h

t unique

nd complic

ted leg

l system.

The

ight lye

c

n g

the

evidence

bout you

Ne

O

le

ns t

ffic

ccident, figu

e out

ho did you hm

nd

hethe

they h

ve the me

ns to p

y you d

m

ges<

em>,

nd pu

sue those p

ties to the ends of the E

th to ensu

e justice is done fo

you

nd you

loved ones, even if th

t me

ns t

king you

c

se to t

i

l befo

e

Ne

O

le

ns judge

nd ju

y. Get st

ted tod

y by cont

cting

n

tto

ney

ho c

n help you unde

st

nd you

rights.

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