New Orleans Trolley Accident Lawyers
What to Do If You Are Injured on a Trolley or Streetcar
Trolley cars in New Orleans have been a staple of the city since the beginning of the 19th century. Many people use these every day to have an easier time getting around instead of walking. They are a historical part of the city of New Orleans, LA.
There are five streetcar lines in the city of New Orleans:
- St. Charles Street in New Orleans: This is the oldest trolley line in the world; it goes through the New Orleans Central Business district and through Loyola and Tulane universities in New Orleans
- Canal Streetcar in New Orleans: A five-and-a-half-mile route from Canal Street through the business district and into the Mid-City area of New Orleans
- Riverfront Streetcar Line in New Orleans: Takes you through the Riverwalk to Harrah's Casino in New Orleans
- Loyola Avenue/Union Passenger: Runs through Canal Street and the French Quarter in New Orleans
- Rampart/St. Claude Streetcar: The latest addition; runs through the St. Claude Arts district
Unfortunately, just like any vehicle that's on the road, streetcars and trolleys can be involved in crashes and accidents. According to New Orleans city ordinance 154-389, New Orleans streetcars have the right-of-way, meaning if you are on streetcar tracks or in front of them, you must move your vehicle. Since New Orleans trolleys generally travel at low speeds, fatal trolley accidents are usually rare. Trolley crashes and streetcar accidents do occur, however.
Types of Trolley Accidents
Trolley accidents can occur due to a variety of factors. Most often, these incidents are the result of negligence, either on the part of the trolley operator, another motorist, or some other third party.
Some of the most common types and causes of trolley car accidents include:
- Distracted trolley drivers
- Accidents with other vehicles or motorists
- Accidents with pedestrians or bike riders
- Trolley car derailment
- Passengers on trolley rides who receive neck injury or bodily injury inside the streetcar
- Faulty trolley car or trolley car equipment
- Trolley car tracks malfunction or electricity malfunction
- Injuries related to the electric power involved in the trolley’s operation
Who Is at Fault for a Trolley Car Accident in New Orleans?
Streetcars and trolley cars follow the same rules of the road as any automobile, so fault will depend on the accident and what happened. Generally, if it's a trolley accident that is related to faulty equipment or unmaintained trolley tracks, it could be the fault of the trolley car company or even the city itself. Negligence from another motorist that causes you to have an accident with a trolley car can be the fault of that driver, not you or the trolley company.
Manufacturers of trolley parts can also be held liable if it's a defective product or part under product liability law. If a trolley part does not meet industry standards for safety for public transportation vehicles, a manufacturer can be held liable.
Do You Need a Lawyer for a New Orleans Trolley Car Accident?
The New Orleans trolley accident lawyers at The Voorhies Law Firm have over a decade of experience handling every type of personal injury, including car and truck accidents, as well as trolley and streetcar accidents.
These types of cases often involve the city, and litigating against a municipal or governmental entity can be very complex. You should trust someone with the dedication and experience to handle your case, like the experienced and aggressive attorneys at The Voorhies Law Firm.
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