Pedestrian Accidents in NOLA

According to the Louisiana Crash Data Reports website, 181 pedestrians were killed and 1,146 suffered injuries in traffic accidents in 2021, while 181 were projected to be killed and 1,221 were projected to suffer injuries in 2022. The fatality total marks the highest figures of the five years dating back to 2017, and anybody who sustains injuries or loses a loved one in a pedestrian accident in Louisiana should be sure to contact a New Orleans pedestrian accident attorney.


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that the 6,283 pedestrians killed in traffic crashes were a 3.4-percent increase from the 6,075 pedestrian fatalities in 2017, and an average of one pedestrian was killed every 84 minutes in a traffic crash in 2018. NHTSA also stated that pedestrian fatalities are far more common in urban areas than rural areas (81 percent compared to 19 percent), and both Louisiana Crash Data Reports and NHTSA found that alcohol involvement was a common factor present in nearly half of these crashes.


Causes of Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrians are usually walking on sidewalks or maybe on the sides of roads in Louisiana, so they are often trying to avoid any involvement with traffic. Nonetheless, pedestrians become victims in traffic accidents when drivers of motor vehicles commit negligent acts that compromise their safety.


Some of the most common causes of pedestrian accidents include, but are not limited to:

  • Driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs
  • Distracted driving
  • Aggressive driving
  • Speeding
  • Left-hand turns
  • Unmarked crosswalks
  • Rolling stops
  • Defective traffic lights
  • Failure to yield right of way
  • Inclement weather
  • Disregarding traffic control signs or signals
  • Road construction


Common Sites of Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrians can be struck by motor vehicles in a wide variety of circumstances. Some of the most common locations where these types of accidents occur include, but are not limited to:

  • Intersections
  • Roadsides or shoulders
  • Parking areas
  • Paths or trails
  • Roadways
  • Facilities
  • Public areas


Types of Pedestrian Accident Injuries

A pedestrian crash poses a grave risk to a pedestrian because people who are traveling on foot have little to no protection should they be struck by a motor vehicle. Whereas drivers and other vehicle occupants have seat belts, airbags, and many other forms of protection, pedestrians are exposed to all kinds of harm because they have virtually no protection.

As a result, pedestrians can suffer injuries that may include:

  • Broken bones or fractures
  • Concussions
  • Internal organ damage
  • Burn injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
  • Back injuries
  • Neck injuries
  • Eye injuries
  • Chemical injuries
  • Nerve damage 
  • Severed limbs
  • Hearing damage
  • Sprains
  • Road rash
  • Head and face injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Soft-tissue injuries

Call Us Today to Schedule a Free Consultation with a New Orleans Pedestrian Accident Attorney

Did you suffer severe injuries or was your loved one killed in a pedestrian accident in the greater New Orleans area? Egenberg Trial Lawyers represents individuals and families all over Louisiana, Texas, and the Gulf Coast region, so we can fight to make sure that the negligent party is held fully accountable in your case.


Our firm will be able to conduct an exhaustive and thorough independent investigation to secure the evidence necessary to prove that another party bears responsibility for your crash and then make sure you receive all of the appropriate financial compensation to cover every expense you are now facing and will have to pay in the future. You can call (504) 229-3117 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation that will allow us to review your case and discuss all of your legal options.

Drunk Drivers Can Kill Pedestrians

Getting hit by a car is always a risk for people who choose to walk to their destinations. With so many pedestrians constantly out and about in New Orleans, we are constantly seeing headlines about pedestrians who are seriously injured or tragically killed by drivers. Many dangerous behaviors can lead a driver to hit a pedestrian and one of the most dangerous is drunk driving. Unfortunately, there are many drunk drivers on the roads in New Orleans at almost any time of day, so you should always be aware when you are walking in the city.

One 50-year-old woman was recently killed in New Orleans while she was walking. According to reports, she was crossing the street and a Cadillac slammed into her. She died from her injuries at the scene of the crash. Police then evaluated the driver of the Cadillac, a 32-year-old man. Officers stated the man could not stand up without assistance and performed poorly when undergoing a field sobriety test. When police conducted a breath test, the driver’s blood alcohol content (BAC) measured at 0.288 percent, which is 2.5 times the legal limit of 0.08 percent.

This is only one example of the many people who suffer severe or fatal injuries at the hands of drunk drivers each year in New Orleans. Injured victims and the families of deceased victims have the right to take legal actions to hold drunk drivers accountable for the harm they caused.

Criminal v. Civil Drunk Driving Cases

If a drunk driver is arrested after an accident and charged with one or more crimes, you may think that this criminal case will bring justice to accident victims and their families. However, criminal cases focus on punishing the defendant and not necessarily on compensating victims of the crime. While some restitution may be ordered, the best step to take is to file a separate claim in civil court.

Civil claims arising from a drunk driving pedestrian accident can include personal injury claims and wrongful death claims. In either type of case, you will need to prove that the driver was drunk and that their misconduct caused the injuries in question. If a driver is convicted of driving while intoxicated (DWI) under Louisiana law, that can be used as evidence of their wrongdoing. You will then be responsible for proving the extent of your losses before you can recover.

While convictions can help a civil drunk driving injury case, these claims are still complicated and you only have a short amount of time to take action. Do not wait any longer to call our attorneys for more information today.

Learn How Our New Orleans Pedestrian Accident Lawyers Can Help

The lawyers of Egenberg, APLC, have seen how drunk drivers can cause suffering and tear apart families in New Orleans. Our auto accident attorneys are committed to helping accident victims and we work to fully protect your rights under the law. Call our legal team at (504) 229-5700 or contact us online to schedule your free case evaluation.