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Deaths in hit-and-runs a problem in New Orleans

Whether walking, jogging or riding a bicycle to get some exercise or simply enjoying the ability to stroll along a sidewalk or path as the days of spring get longer, people in Louisiana should be able to trust that they will be safe engaging in these pleasant activities. However, the reality is that when it comes to sharing the road with motorists, nobody may be safe all of the time. Of the many types of accidents that trouble the region, one in particular is the hit-and-run.

In looking at data from across the United States, only one state has a bigger problem with hit-and-run crashes than Louisiana. These accidents account for one death out of every 100,000 people statewide. In New Orleans, some have identified intoxication as one factor involved in many crashes and potentially in many hit-and-run wrecks. Nationwide, roughly 30 percent of all deaths in motor vehicle accidents are attributed to drunk drivers. In new Orleans, roughly 40 percent of all deaths in vehicle crashes involve an intoxicated driver.

Hit-and-run deaths have actually been on the rise around the country over the last decade but that does not mean that Louisiana should sit back and do nothing to improve safety for people on its roads. Known for hospitality, the state could be getting a negative reputation if the trend continues.

People who are involved in a crash in which the at-fault driver flees the scene may want to talk with a lawyer to learn how they may seek compensation.

Source:, “Louisiana ranks 2nd in hit-and-run fatalities,” Don Ames, April 27, 2018

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