Three pedestrians died when a tow truck left the road and crashed into them, reports WWLTV. The accident happened at the intersection of South Carrollton and Tulane Avenues just before 5 p.m. Another pedestrian and the tow truck driver sustained injuries and were transported to the hospital. The accident also caused damage to multiple parked vehicles in the Mid-City Shopping Center. As this tragic wreck demonstrates, a pedestrian crash can happen at any time. In fact, these collisions are alarmingly common: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 4,735 pedestrians died in traffic accidents in 2013.
If you were injured or lost a family member in a pedestrian crash, contact Morris Bart, LLC. An accident lawyer in New Orleans will help you pursue justice and compensation from the at-fault driver. Our legal team has been representing the injured for more than 30 years, and we have the knowledge and resources to represent your interests. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 800-537-8185.
5 Ways to Reduce Your Risk as a Pedestrian
All it takes is one drunk, distracted or reckless driver to cause a pedestrian wreck. Next time you walk along a busy road, keep these five safety tips in mind:
- Use Crosswalks
You should use crosswalks whenever one is available. If there is no crosswalk, then cross the street at an intersection. If you choose to cross in the middle of a road, drivers might not be alert for pedestrians, which would increase your risk of getting hit.
- Make Yourself Visible to Drivers
You can help drivers see you by wearing bright clothing. If you walk at night or during sunrise or sunset, then carry a flashlight. If you are walking with young children, consider adding reflective tape to their clothing.
- Use the Sidewalk
You should never walk in the road when a sidewalk is available. If there is no sidewalk, then walk as close to the shoulder as possible, facing traffic.
- Avoid Distracted Walking
Distracted driving often makes headlines as a growing problem in the United States. This hype is certainly warranted because smartphones have caused a spike in distracted driving accidents.
However, distractions can be just as dangerous for pedestrians. If you are walking along a busy road, then do not text or listen to music; you should be able to hear vehicles approaching.
- Teach Children Safe Pedestrian Habits
Many children do not understand how traffic works. They are often distracted and unpredictable. Make sure your kids know the dangers of traffic and how to avoid pedestrian wrecks. They should know to look left, right and left again before crossing, only to use crosswalks, and never to run into the road. If you were injured by a negligent driver in Louisiana, contact a New Orleans accident lawyer from Morris Bart, LLC. Our legal team will help you fight for the highest possible settlement. Call 800-537-8185 to schedule a free consultation.