Pedestrian Incident Reported on Pontchartrain Expressway
NEW ORLEANS, LA- Wdsu.com writes that a car struck a pedestrian earlier this week, leading to long delays on the Pontchartrain Expressway for morning commuters. According to police, the female victim suffered head trauma. Responders transported the woman to the hospital, but her condition is not known at this time.*
Other crashes also caused traffic congestion, including a multiple vehicle accident that shut down Interstate 10. In addition to at least five vehicles being involved in the wreck, a pedestrian was stuck. Injuries were reported in that crash as well. The authorities reopened the roadway later in the morning.
A third incident occurred on the LA 308 involved a collision between two large trucks. Current information does not indicate whether that incident led to injuries.
Car crash statistics indicate that the number of people dying in a car accident in Louisiana is on the rise. Statistics show a seven and a half percent increase between 2011 and 2017. The numbers also indicate that the rate of car accident fatalities is greater in the state than the national average. While the rate per 100,000 residents is 1.18 across the country, in Louisiana, the rate is 1.57.
The state is also mirroring the national trend with its increasing rate of pedestrian deaths. Between 2010 and 2017, fatal pedestrian accidents in Louisiana rose by 47 percent. Officials in the state remind drivers to avoid distractions such as cell phones and not to drive aggressively. The rate of seatbelt usage in Louisiana could also improve. New Orleans has the highest estimated rate of drivers and occupants who buckle up with 91.3 percent. Alexandria comes in last, with 81.3 percent of people using proper restraints.
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Sources:https://www.wdsu.com/article/man-s-dream-of-having-a-family-comes-true-thanks-to-his-employer-s-15k-gift/30527418 and http://www.lahighwaysafety.org/Documents/Presentations%20SpecReports/2017_Data_Report.pdf
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