New Orleans thrives off of tourism. Millions of people visit the city each year to enjoy the unique music, exquisite cuisine, beautiful architecture, culture, festivals, and particularly Mardi Gras parades. But, what if one of those tourists suffer an injury during their visit?
Unfortunately, many visitors can be involved in an accident while on vacation. Not only does it put a damper on your vacation plans, an accident can also have long term effects such as life changing injuries and outstanding medical bills. The most common injuries include pedestrian accidents, vehicle accidents, and slip and falls in hotels, restaurants, or bars.
Slipping, tripping, or falling can happen when we least expect it. Although a fall may seem minor, some falls can cause serious injuries to an individual. Restaurants, hotels, and all other business owners have a duty to keep their property safe and free from hazardous conditions. If you happen to slip and fall on a greasy or wet walkway and sustain injuries, the hotel, restaurant, or bar may be liable for your damages. Our experienced attorney can assist you in making a strong claim against the business owner. Click here to learn more about Slip and Fall accidents.
Many tourists will also find themselves walking around the city and taking in all of the beautiful sights. From the historic architecture to the bustling French quarter to the serenity of Audubon and City Parks, there is never a lack of views. However, it is important to use the sidewalk to avoid being in a pedestrian accident. Louisiana Revised Statute § 32:216 states that it is illegal for a pedestrian to walk along a roadway where an adjacent sidewalk is present. It is also crucial to abide by traffic signals when approaching a cross walk.
Drivers must also take safety precautions to avoid being in an accident. Whether you are from out of town and traveling on unfamiliar roadways, or you are driving in an area where tourists are present, being cautious can save a life.
Walking down Bourbon Street and enjoying a famous hand grenade is a common tourist activity, but excessive alcohol consumption can be extremely dangerous. In 2019, there were nearly 1,400 pedestrian injuries. Of those accidents, alcohol was a contributing factor in almost 45 percent of them.
To avoid suffering an injury while visiting the Big Easy, visitors should:
- Be mindful of their alcohol consumption to avoid careless accidents due to impairment
- Be aware of their surroundings
- Observe street signs, traffic signals, and road rules to avoid being hit or hitting someone
Being involved in an accident is never ideal but being involved in an accident while visiting from out of town can seem like an even bigger hardship. With over 40 years of experience, Mr. Cardone is dedicated to serving clients all across Louisiana with their various personal injury needs. He is determined to get you the compensation you deserve. Cardone Law Firm have offices in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and Lafayette.
If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident while visiting New Orleans, Phone Cardone at 504-522-3333, 225-706-3920 (Baton Rouge); or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for a free consultation.