What Do You Need to Know About Riding a Motorcycle in New Orleans?

Thousands of people are injured and killed in motorcycle accidents in the United States each year. Sadly, a motorcycle crash can change your life and the lives of your family members forever. While you cannot control road conditions, weather conditions, or the behavior of other drivers, there are things you can do to reduce the risk of a crash when riding a motorcycle in New Orleans and increase your chance of recovering full compensation if you are injured in a crash.

  1. Never Ride a Motorcycle in New Orleans After Drinking

As in all other cities and states, the legal limit for DUI is .08 in New Orleans. In addition to being against the law, it is dangerous to ride your motorcycle while impaired by alcohol. Even if you do not cause a DUI accident, your reaction time and reasoning may be impaired, causing you to be unable to act quickly to avoid a collision.

  1. Purchase Additional Insurance to Cover Motorcycle Crashes

Many drivers carry minimum insurance coverage, which is extremely low when you consider the average costs associated with motorcycle accidents. In addition to the minimum insurance required for motorcycles, you should consider purchasing additional insurance coverage to help pay for expenses and losses if the at-fault driver does not have sufficient insurance coverage.

You may want to purchase PIP (personal injury protection) coverage, MedPay, and additional UM/UIM (uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage) to help protect yourself as you are riding a motorcycle in New Orleans.

  1. Always Wear Protective Gear

Motorcycle helmets reduce the risk of traumatic brain injuries and death. Louisiana law requires all riders to wear motorcycle helmets. The two exceptions to the motorcycle helmet law are when you are riding in a parade, or your motorcycle has supports that provide the same level of safety that a motorcycle helmet would provide.

In addition to motorcycle helmets, you should also wear other protective gear when riding a motorcycle in New Orleans to help reduce the risk of injury in a motorcycle crash. Protective gear includes gloves, boots, motorcycle jackets, vests, and other protective clothing.

  1. Always Be Very Cautious at Intersections

When riding a motorcycle in New Orleans, pay close attention to traffic and pedestrians at intersections. Distracted drivers and pedestrians will cut motorcycles off without notices. When you approach an intersection, slow down and pay attention to traffic and signals. Allow additional room between your motorcycle and other vehicles to increase the distance for avoidance measures. Make sure that you do not drive through an intersection in the blind spot of another vehicle or hidden behind a vehicle.

  1. Contact a NOLA Accident Attorney After a Motorcycle Accident

If you are injured while riding your motorcycle in New Orleans, contact our NOLA accident attorney for a free consultation to discuss your legal rights. After a motorcycle crash, it is important to seek medical attention for your injuries. It is also important to seek the advice of an experienced New Orleans motorcycle accident attorney. An attorney can help you file a claim seeking full compensation for all damages.

Contact Attorney Fred Olinde of The Olinde Firm by calling (504) 587-1440 or 1-800-587-1889 to speak with a motorcycle accident attorney in New Orleans.

 

Three Common Insurance Company Tactics to Watch for After a NOLA Accident

Louisiana is a “fault” state for automobile accidents. Drivers are required by law to purchase automobile liability insurance to cover damages resulting from a car accident. Liability insurance pays accident victims, but it does not compensate the driver who caused the crash. If you are involved in a NOLA accident caused by another driver, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages. To recover compensation, you must prove the other driver caused the crash, and you suffered damages because of the crash.

Before you have the chance to consult with NOLA accident attorneys, the insurance company for the other driver may contact you. If so, you need to be aware of three tactics used by insurance companies that could harm your chance of recovering a fair and just settlement for your accident claim.

  1. The insurance company requests a recorded statement immediately.

If an insurance adjuster pressures you to provide a recorded or written statement, you need to be extremely cautious. Providing a recorded statement or written statement without an attorney could hurt your case. The adjuster will pass the statement off as a simple but necessary step in processing your claim so that you can get your money quickly.

Beware, what you say could be used against you. The insurance company may manipulate your statements to deny your claim or decrease the value of your claim. It is in your best interest to consult with a NOLA accident attorney before giving a statement of any type to the insurance company after a car crash.

  1. The insurance adjuster pressures you to settle the claim without an attorney.

Representatives for the insurance company may tell you that you can save money and settle your claim quicker if you do not hire a NOLA accident attorney. They may tell you that personal injury attorneys only complicate matters and take your money for something you can handle yourself.

Remember, the representatives of the insurance company are not neutral parties. They are not working for you nor do they have your best interests as their top priority. The insurance company wants to limit its liability. It knows that if you consult a NOLA accident attorney, you may realize your claim is worth far more than the insurance company is offering you to settle the claim.

Always take advantage of our free consultation with a NOLA accident attorney to discuss your claim before you sign documents or accept a settlement offer.

  1. Blaming pre-existing conditions for your current injuries.

If the insurance company discovers you have a pre-existing injury or condition, it may argue that your current injury is a result of the prior incident or accident. Insurance companies often obtain this information through recorded or written statements and signed medical releases. For this reason, you want to consult with a car accident attorney in New Orleans before signing any documents, providing statements, or discussing your injuries or medical history with anyone representing the insurance company.

Call a NOLA Accident Attorney for a Free Case Review

Do not allow the insurance company for the other driver to take advantage of your trusting nature. Obtain trusted legal advice from Attorney Fred Olinde and the other car accident attorneys of The Olinde Firm.

Contact our office by calling (504) 587-1440 or 1-800-587-1889 to request a free consultation with a New Orleans accident attorney.

 

Holiday Driving Dangers That Every New Orleans Driver Needs to Know

It is the most wonderful time of the year, or at least it is according to more than one holiday song. However, the holidays can increase your chance of a car accident. Therefore, every New Orleans driver should be aware holiday driving dangers before venturing out onto the roads. Below are three driving dangers associated with the holidays and how you can reduce your risk for a car accident in December.

Holiday Driving Danger Number 1:  Transporting Christmas Trees

Whether you purchase your Christmas tree at a local lot or travel to a Christmas tree lot to cut down your tree this year, you will need to transport that tree home. Unless you have a truck, you will likely tie the Christmas tree to the roof of your car. Unfortunately, falling Christmas trees in one of the common holiday driving dangers that cause car accidents in December.

Some tips that can help you avoid a car accident from a falling Christmas tree include:

  • Use a sturdy rope to secure the Christmas tree to the top of your vehicle.
  • When tying the tree onto the roof of your car, use multiple pieces of rope instead of one long piece of rope. If one rope gives way, the other pieces of rope should hold the tree in place.
  • Do not drive fast. Sharp turns and quick stops can cause the Christmas tree to shift and fall. If the tree does not fall, the shift in weight could cause you to lose control of your vehicle.
  • Place the trunk of the tree at the front of your car to help avoid damage to the tree from the wind while you are driving.
  • Leave the netting wrapped around the tree. The netting makes it easier to secure and transport the tree.
  • When tying the tree to the roof of your car, open the doors and wrap the rope around the car. This method is more secure than just opening the windows to secure the rope.


Holiday Driving Danger Number 2:  Don’t Drink and Drive

The holiday season typically means an increase in the number of drunk drivers on the road. However, these holiday driving dangers can be avoided. Do not drink and drive and do not allow friends or family members to drink and drive. If you are going to a party, you should have a designed driver or make other travel arrangements if you intend to consume alcohol. If you are hosting a holiday event, you need a plan in place to prevent guests from driving while intoxicated. You may want to provide overnight arrangements, a designed driver, or pay for public transportation for guests who over-indulge at your gathering.

Holiday Driving Danger Number 3:  Watch for Pedestrians

As you drive through town enjoying the Christmas lights and displays, you need to make sure that you keep your eyes on the road. It is easy to become fascinated with the holiday displays. However, your fascination could be a deadly distraction. You need to be on alert for pedestrians during the holiday season, especially in parking lots and in areas in which holiday celebrations or displays are located.

Contact a New Orleans Car Accident Attorney
to Discuss Your Accident

If you are involved in a car accident during the holidays, Attorney Fred Olinde and the other attorneys of The Olinde Firm are here to help. Call our office at (504) 587-1440 or 1-800-587-1889 to schedule your free consultation with a New Orleans car accident attorney.

 

Do I Need an Attorney to File a CyPass Eye Stent Claim?

While there is not a specific code section that may require a person to hire an attorney to file an injury claim, that does not mean you should try to file a claim without an attorney, especially defective medical device claims. Defective medical device claims are complex. These cases often involve federal laws and mass tort cases. Large law firms are retained to represent medical device manufacturers. These law firms have years of experience and almost endless resources to fight defective medical device claims.

Therefore, it is usually in your best interest to contact a defective medical device claims attorney about your case. The product liability lawyers of The Olinde Firm are investigating injury claims related to the CyPass Micro-Stent manufactured by Alcon Research LTD.

If you have a CyPass Micro-Stent implanted in your eye, contact our office for a free consultation with one of our nationwide CyPass lawsuit attorneys. Learn about your legal rights to receive compensation for injuries caused by the CyPass eye stent from experienced defective medical device attorneys. Call 1-800-587-1889 now for your free case review.

Common Injuries and Complications Related
to the CyPass Micro-Stent

Some of the injuries and complications reported by patients who have the eye stent implanted include:

  • Blindness or loss of vision
  • General eye injuries
  • Eye discomfort or pain
  • Swelling
  • Corneal transplant
  • Epithelial cell loss
  • Glaucoma progression

If your physician implanted the CyPass Micro-Stent after surgery, the FDA advises patients to make an appointment with their doctor as quickly as possible.

FDA Issues Class 1 Recall for CyPass Micro-Stents

The FDA initially issued a Safety Communication before it issued its Class 1 Recall. The device’s manufacturer, Alcon Research LTD, had issued a voluntary recall on August 28, 2018. Patients have reported a variety of injuries and complications associated with the eye stent. Incidents should be reported to your physician immediately and reported to the FDA through its MedWatch Reporting System.

Even if you are not experiencing problems at this time, waiting to contact your physician could result in severe injuries or damage to the eye. Your physician can discuss the complications and risks associated with the CyPass Micro-Stent device in more detail. You can also discuss your medical options with your doctor to determine the best course to take to protect your health and your vision.

Contact a CyPass Lawsuit Attorney Too!

In addition to contacting your physician, we encourage you to contact our office for a free consultation with one of our CyPass lawsuit attorneys. You may be entitled to compensation from the device’s manufacturer if you have been injured and suffered damages as a result of the defective medical device.

You might be entitled to receive compensation for your:

  • Medical costs
  • Lost wages and income
  • Physical suffering and pain
  • Mental and emotional stress and anguish
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Permanent impairment and loss of vision

Don’t delay! Call Attorney Fred Olinde of The Olinde Firm at (504) 587-1440 or 1-800-587-1889 to speak with an eye stent lawsuit attorney today. Most cases are accepted on a contingency fee basis, so you do not need to worry about paying attorney fees until we recover money for your claim.

 

What Should I Do If I Suffered an Injury From a CyPass Eye Stent?

According to an FDA Safety Communication and an FDA Class 1 Recall, you could be at risk for serious eye damage if you had the CyPass Micro-Stent implanted after glaucoma surgery. The eye stent was voluntary recalled on August 28, 2018, by the manufacturer, Alcon Research LTD.

Potential complications and injuries associated with the CyPass eye stent include:

  • Epithelial cell loss
  • General eye damage
  • Loss of vision
  • Blindness
  • Corneal transplant
  • Swelling
  • Eye pain
  • Glaucoma progression

If you experience any complications or unexplained symptoms after having the CyPass Micro-stent implanted, contact your physician immediately. The FDA advises patients in its recall notice to make an appointment with their physician as quickly as possible if they have a CyPass Micro-Stent in their eye.

The FDA also advises consumers to report harmful reactions through its MedWatch Reporting System. You should also contact our CyPass Micro-stent attorney for a free consultation to discuss your legal options for recovering compensation for injuries and damages related to the CyPass eye stent.

Do I Have a CyPass Case?

Our lawyers are actively monitoring the ongoing developments related to the CyPass lawsuit. We are also currently accepting clients who had the eye stent implanted during glaucoma surgery and have suffered damages and injuries after surgery. Our CyPass lawsuit attorneys provide free case reviews so that consumers can get the legal help they need as they struggle to deal with injuries caused by a defective medical device.

The Olinde Firm reviews your claim and advises you of your legal options. If you have suffered damages, losses, and injuries related to the CyPass eye stent, you might be entitled to significant compensation from Alcon and other liable parties.

Examples of damages that may be compensable in a CyPass Micro-stent lawsuit include:

  • Medical expenses and other expenses related to corneal transplant, removal of the CyPass eye stent, and/or treatment of glaucoma progression
  • Loss of income related to injuries and complications arising from the CyPass Micro-stent
  • Permanent eye damage, reduced vision, or blindness
  • Physical pain and suffering
  • Emotional and mental anguish and stress
  • Other out-of-pocket losses related to the eye stent and complications after surgery

Depending on your unique situation, you may be entitled to recover compensation for additional damages and losses. The above list is not an exhaustive list of all damages related to the injuries and complications associated with the CyPass Micro-stent.

How Can Our CyPass Attorneys Help?

Our defective medical device attorneys welcome the opportunity to assist you in filing a CyPass claim or lawsuit. If you have been injured, you deserve to be compensated for losses. We provide free consultations to discuss the ongoing claims related to the CyPass Micro-stent implant. It does not cost you anything to learn about your legal rights and determine if you have a valid claim against the medical device manufacturer or other party.

Contact Attorney Fred Olinde of The Olinde Firm by calling (504) 587-1440 or 1-800-587-1889 to schedule your free consultation with a nationwide CyPass lawsuit attorney.

 

What Can I Do If I Am Injured Because of a Medical Device Error?

Do you rely on a medical device to treat a health condition? Have you had to have an implant to treat a medical problem? If so, you are one of the millions of Americans who have faith in a manufacturer to produce a safe, reliable medical device to treat your medical problem. However, instead of providing life-saving benefits, some medical devices have defects that can cause errors in the way the device operates. Sadly, medical device errors can result in severe injuries or complications that may cause permanent disabilities or death.

Filing a Claim for a Medical Device Error
or Defective Medical Device

Lawsuits and claims involving medical devices can be exceedingly difficult and complex. Most of these cases involve product liability laws. Therefore, the cases involve proving negligence or strict liability on the part of one or more defendants. With strict liability cases, you only need to prove that the medical device caused an injury.  However, negligence cases can be more difficult. With a negligence case, you must prove that a party:

  • Owed you a duty of care;
  • Breached the duty of care; and,
  • The breach was the result of your injury.

For a defective medical device case, proving that the product was defective, or the defendants failed to warn about a potential risk is essential. In many cases, this step can be one of the most difficult steps in proving negligence and liability. Experts and investigators analyze the facts to determine if a defect in the manufacturing process caused the medical device error, the product was defective in its design, or, the produce was defectively marketed. If you cannot prove how the medical device was defective, it is impossible to prove that the defendant is liable for your damages.

Our experienced New Orleans defective medical device attorneys work closely with industry experts who evaluate medical devices and determine how the defect occurred and how the defect caused your injury. By working with industry experts, we can gather the evidence needed to prove a manufacturer, retailer, distributor, or other party was negligent in designing, producing, and/or marketing a defective medical device.

Medical Devices That Can Have Errors That Cause Injuries

Even though medical devices are developed following established standards, some devices reach the market that cause injuries. Those errors can be potentially deadly for patients. Any medical device could have the potential for causing an injury because of an error or defect. Some products are recalled before they can cause serious injuries. However, some defendants may try to conceal errors and defects.

Some common medical devices that have been associated with causing injuries because of errors include:

  • IUDs
  • Breast Implants
  • Stents
  • Shunts
  • Ventilators
  • Knee and Hip Replacements
  • Dialysis Filters
  • Pacemakers
  • Defibrillators

The Olinde Law Firm handles a variety of defective medical device cases. We can help you file a claim seeking compensation for your injuries, losses, and damages.

Call for a Free Case Review

Contact Attorney Fred Olinde of The Olinde Firm for a free consultation to discuss your injuries caused by a medical device. Call our office at (504) 587-1440 or 1-800-587-1889 to speak with a nationwide defective medical device attorney.

 

Five Thanksgiving Safety Tips From Our New Orleans Personal Injury Attorneys

Are you ready for the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend? Will you be driving or staying at home? Regardless of your plans, we want to help you avoid some of the potential hazards that can ruin your holiday celebrations. Our New Orleans personal injury attorneys wish everyone a safe and Happy Thanksgiving.

Burn Injuries

Cooking fires are three times as likely on Thanksgiving Day than other days of the year according to the NFPA. Leaving stoves, ovens, and fryers unattended is one of the common reasons for cooking fires on Thanksgiving Day. Make sure that you monitor appliances when you are cooking. Also, avoid wearing loose clothing that can catch fire while cooking or get caught on surfaces when moving hot foods. Hot foods can cause burns too! Be careful when handling pots and pans containing hot foods. It is a good idea to review the procedures for caring for a burn so that you know when to seek immediate medical assistance.

Injuries from Falls

Falls are another common injury during a holiday weekend. Whether you fall playing football with friends after dinner, while shopping, or at home while preparing for the holidays, it is important to see a doctor after a fall. Falls can cause severe injuries, including broken bones, spinal cord injuries, neck injuries, and brain injuries. Ignoring symptoms after a fall can result in long-term impairments.

Food-Bourne Illnesses

Improperly preparing a Thanksgiving Turkey and other items can result in a case of food poisoning. It is extremely important to practice safe food preparation and food service practices during the Thanksgiving Holiday. While most cases of food poisoning are mild, they can put a damper on your holiday celebrations. Furthermore, some cases of food poisoning can be life-threatening depending on the person’s health and the severity of the food-borne illness. It is wise to seek medical attention if food poisoning symptoms are severe or persist.

Alcohol-Related Injuries

Alcohol is a common part of Thanksgiving celebrations. However, you should be careful when serving or consuming alcohol. In addition to DUI accidents, injuries from falls and other alcohol-related accidents can cause severe injuries. Takes steps to be a responsible host when serving alcohol this Thanksgiving weekend.

Traffic Accidents

If you plan to be on the road over the Thanksgiving weekend, you will join millions of other Americans. Traffic is expected to be heavy during the holiday weekend, which could increase the risk of a traffic accident. When you combine the increase in the number of vehicles on the road with an increased risk of drunk driving accidents, being on the road during the Thanksgiving Holiday can be dangerous. Take steps to protect yourself and your family by avoiding peak driving times, decreasing your speed, avoiding fatigued driving, and avoiding all distractions while driving.

New Orleans Personal Injury Attorneys

If you are injured in a car accident, by a defective medical device, or by a dangerous prescription drug, we want to help. Call Attorney Fred Olinde of The Olinde Firm for more information and a free consultation by calling (504) 587-1440 or 1-800-587-1889.

Can I Still File a Car Accident Claim If I Have Delayed Symptoms?

In the aftermath of a car accident, you may not notice if you are suffering from symptoms of an injury. The shock of the accident can mask some symptoms for a few hours or days. Some injuries may not present symptoms for a few days after the crash. If you do not go to the emergency room after a car accident, can you still collect compensation for delayed symptoms?

Common Symptoms After A Car Accident

You cannot base your symptoms on another person’s experience. Two people with the same injuries may experience symptoms differently based on a variety of factors. Therefore, it is always best to have a physical after a car accident.

Some of the common symptoms that you might begin to notice after a car accident include:

  • Aches and Swelling — Swollen muscles can cause aches and pains throughout your body. However, these pains could indicate a more serious injury, such as the torn ligaments, dislocations, or internal injuries.
  • Headaches — Headaches are also common after a car accident and can indicate a variety of injuries. Whiplash, concussions, traumatic brain injury, and other conditions have headaches as a symptom.
  • Abdominal Swelling — Never ignore abdominal swelling after an accident. Abdominal swelling could be an indication of seat belt syndrome, a potentially life-threatening condition. Swelling and bruising in the abdomen can also indicate internal bleeding.
  • Back Pain — Back pain can indicate a spinal cord injury. The pain may be accompanied by numbness or tingling in certain areas of the body. Back pain may also indicate injury to the nerves, discs, or tissue in the spinal column.
  • Vomiting or Persistent Nausea — These symptoms can indicate a variety of injuries including brain injuries and internal organ damage.

If you experience any unexplained symptoms after a car accident, do not delay medical care. Your delay in medical care can harm your health, but it can also jeopardize your car accident claim. The insurance company may attempt to claim that your injuries were not sustained in the car accident because you did not seek medical care immediately after the crash.

What Happens if I Did Not Seek Immediate Medical Treatment?

While it is usually a wise choice to see a doctor as soon as possible after a car accident, it is not required to recover compensation. You can still recover money for your car accident claim even if you did not go to the emergency room or you waited to see a doctor until your symptoms persisted or increased in severity. However, you may have a tougher fight with the insurance company to prove injuries sustained in the car accident caused the delayed symptoms.

If you experienced delayed symptoms after a car crash, see a doctor immediately. As soon as possible, contact our New Orleans car accident attorney to discuss your delayed symptoms and your legal options for recovering compensation for injuries.

Contact a New Orleans Car Accident Attorney for Help

Delayed symptoms may indicate a serious car accident injury. To protect your right to receive compensation for your injuries and damages, contact Attorney Fred Olinde of The Olinde Firm. Call our office at (504) 587-1440 or 1-800-587-1889 to request a free consultation with a New Orleans car accident attorney.

 

Will Black Friday Increase Parking Lot Accidents in New Orleans?

It is unclear if the holiday shopping season may increase the number of accidents in parking lots around New Orleans, but the season does appear to increase parking lot accidents throughout the country. Approximately 50,000 parking lot accidents occur each year in the United States, causing more than 500 deaths and 60,000 injuries. However, the number of parking lot accident claims seems to spike on Black Friday and continue through the holidays.

Why Do Parking Lot Accidents Spike During Holiday Shopping?

There could be several reasons why parking lot accidents appear to increase during the holidays. Accidents in parking lots occur for a variety of reasons throughout the year. The combination of increased traffic in parking lots and increased distractions could be the reason for more accidents. Drivers may be distracted by typical activities such as using a cell phone or reaching for objects.

However, during the holidays, drivers may be focused on their errands and be in a rush to get to the next. A driver could be focused on their shopping list or if what they just purchased is the right size or the perfect gift. When your mind is not focused on driving, it increases the risk for an accident.  Therefore, focusing on the holidays could contribute to the increase in parking lot accidents.

The increase in the number of people and vehicles in parking lots can also be a contributing factor to the increase in collisions. Drivers who are in a hurry may speed through parking lots, cut other drivers off to get a parking space, or fail to look before backing out of a space. Drivers should slow down, use turn signals, obey all directional signage, and continuously watch for pedestrians and other vehicles to avoid an accident.

What Should You Do After a Parking Lot Accident?

Many people are tempted to exchange insurance information instead of calling the police. If the damage is extremely minor, such as a scratch or small dent, this might work. However, you never know when a driver may change his or her story to claim that you were the person who caused the crash.

Therefore, you must use your judgment when deciding whether to call the police. Remember, it is usually best to err on the side of caution when in doubt. If you are in doubt, call the police. If you come out to your vehicle and it has been hit, you definitely want to call the police to report a hit and run accident.

If you are injured, always call the police to report the parking lot accident. Even if you suspect you could be injured, you should call the police. Some accident victims may not experience symptoms of injuries immediately after the accident. Therefore, you could be stuck with thousands of dollars in medical bills and lost wages if you are injured, but the other driver claims you caused the crash and you have no evidence other than your word against his word.

Contact a New Orleans Car Accident Attorney

Regardless of whether you called the police for your parking lot accident, our New Orleans car accident attorneys can help. Even if the other driver claims you caused the crash, you may still receive compensation for your injuries if we prove the other driver is lying.

If you have questions about a parking lot accident, contact Attorney Fred Olinde of The Olinde Firm. Call at (504) 587-1440 or 1-800-587-1889 to request a free consultation with a New Orleans car accident attorney.

 

Motorists Are Sharing New Orleans Roads with More Bicyclists and Pedestrians

Statistics show that bicycle commuting has increased by 94 percent since 2010 in New Orleans. In 2017, over 5,100 people used bicycles for their commute. The city now ranks fifth for its share of bicycling commuters out of the country’s 70 largest cities. In addition, the number of people commuting by walking has also increased. Last year, just over 11,000 people chose walking to commute.

Therefore, New Orleans drivers are now sharing the road with more pedestrians and bicyclists. Is there a reason why?

Why Are New Orleans Residents Turning to Walking and Bicycling to Get Around the City?

People choose to give up their vehicles to walk or bicycle to work for several reasons. Some people may choose an alternate means to commute to save money on gasoline and parking fees. Other individuals may find bicycling to work relaxing and good for their health.

The city has also made it easy for residents to commute on foot or by bicycle. The flat streets around New Orleans have also made the city attractive for pedestrians and bicyclists. The city now has 120 miles of bikeways making it much easier for bicyclists to navigate the city streets with motorists.

Also, a contractor is in the process of installing 485 new bike racks throughout several areas of the city. The Blue Bike network, a bicycle sharing network, also promotes bicycling throughout the city as a form of transportation for residents and tourists.

Sharing the Road with Bicyclists and Pedestrians

Motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians need to share the road carefully to avoid a tragic accident. When a motorist is approaching a crosswalk, the driver should slow down and look for pedestrians who may be crossing the road. If a driver is passing a bicyclist, the driver needs to ensure there is enough space between the car and the bicyclist not to put the rider in jeopardy.

Distractions can be deadly for anyone on the road. Drivers must avoid distractions that take their eyes off the road or their minds off driving. Just a few seconds looking away from the road can result in a deadly accident. However, bicyclists and pedestrians must also avoid distractions. Walking and biking while distracted can be just as dangerous and deadly as driving while distracted.

Pedestrians and bicyclists must also take steps to avoid an accident. Bicyclists should always check to ensure a car is not turning before going through an intersection. In addition, riders should be extremely cautious when riding beside parked cars to avoid a dooring accident. Pedestrians need to walk on sidewalks and use crosswalks whenever possible.

For additional information and safety tips for sharing the road with pedestrians and bicyclists, you can check these websites:

Call a New Orleans Accident Attorney for a Free Case Review

If you have been injured in a New Orleans traffic accident, we want to help. Contact Attorney Fred Olinde of The Olinde Firm to discuss your legal options for recovering compensation for your injuries, damages, and losses.

Call (504) 587-1440 or 1-800-587-1889 to schedule a free consultation with a New Orleans accident attorney.

 

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