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New Orleans, a 'hostile environment' for pedestrians

This is a historical city, with sites to see and enjoy. Traveling by foot or bicycle is a fun and healthy option, but reports suggest that it isn't safe. This is a problem and a real threat to New Orleans pedestrians. 

According to the New Orleans Office of Inspector General, "Orleans Parish had more pedestrian fatalities than any other parish in the state from 2013 to 2015..." Safety advocates see adding more signals at intersections as a simple and crucial way to improve pedestrian safety in New Orleans.

People within a community should look out for one another. Motorists who are commuting in an area where pedestrians are present should take serious precautions in order to avoid an accident. Negligent driving behavior such as speeding, ignoring stop signs or red lights can so easily put people's lives at risk. 

Will New Orleans increase its level of traffic safety by adding crossing signals? It sounds as though that is the plan. Until and even after that, it is still up to individuals to follow traffic safety laws and do the right thing if an accident does occur

What is the right thing to do? If you are a driver who has caused an accident, stop your car and stay at the scene. Reach out to authorities for help. If you are a victim of a traffic accident, what you can do will depend on the severity of the incident. If you are able to do so, note as many details about the accident as possible. Note any witnesses present. Take pictures of the damage. Get all records of your medical condition. 

If you were injured or if a loved one was killed in a car accident because of someone's carelessness, you also want to talk to a lawyer who is experienced with personal injury cases and/or wrongful death lawsuits. Your legal team will guide you on what is the best strategy to seek justice for your negligence claim.

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