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:
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.
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:
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.
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.
If you have been involved in a trolley accident in New Orleans, and need to take swift legal action against a liable party, call or email us for a free consultation.
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