New Orleans is famous for its parades, festivities and memorable celebrations. When things go wrong at these events, the result is often the same as it would be anywhere else: disappointment, confusion and the need to hold parties accountable for their negligence.
Late last month in New Orleans, a semi truck accident marred the joyous atmosphere at a parade in the local Uptown neighborhood. On the night of January 29, a tractor-trailer truck reportedly struck a tree near the parade route, sending six people to the hospital with injuries. Fortunately, none of the injuries turned out to be life-threatening and no one was killed in the truck accident. Nevertheless, incidents like those show how truck accidents can hit at the most unexpected times, leading to shocking medical bills and ailments for those hurt by a collision.
It is not yet clear what exactly caused the truck driver to strike a tree. According to witnesses on the scene, the driver may have been trying to avoid the parade crowd when the collision happened. Included in the list of those injured was a child as well as a pizza delivery man. Sadly, semi truck accidents do not discriminate and both young and old can become victims in the blink of an eye. In this case, the accident drew not only emergency workers but also the New Orleans Fire Department and New Orleans Police to the scene.
Following a truck accident, it’s important to obtain all necessary medical help. Paying for that help, though, can be a huge and unanticipated burden. A New Orleans truck accident attorney can help the victim of a collision get back on his or her feet in order to recover fully.
Source: WDSU New Orleans, “18-wheeler strikes tree along Uptown parade route, several taken to hospital, official says,” Clint Durrett, Jan. 29, 2016