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As a motorcyclist, you put yourself at risk every time you get behind the handlebars in Louisiana. You must be aware of everything around you at all times, as well as driving defensively around motorists who might not obey the rules of the road. Unfortunately, you can’t always avoid collisions. If you’re now recuperating from broken bones, a head injury, brain injury, road rash, spine injury, or other harm, come to the motorcycle accident lawyers at Murphy Law Firm. We’re on your side and can help you fight for fair compensation.
The importance of having motorcycle wreck lawyers and avoiding being an uninsured motorist becomes evident when considering the following statistics:
The total number of registered motorcycles in the state of Louisiana has risen from 55,800 in 2004 to 113,664 in 2017; this has caused the number of motorcycle wrecks to increase as well.

Motorcycle accidents in Louisiana generally involved people between the ages 20 to 29. The largest amount of motorcycle accident fatalities in Louisiana occurred in the year 2009 with 104 reported deaths, but in the most recent year of available statistics, 2017, 97 people died in motorcycle accidents.
The largest number of motorcycle accident fatalities in Louisiana were reported in the Lafayette, Jefferson, and Calcasieu parishes.
Motorcycle wrecks make up 8 to 10 percent of all auto accidents in Louisiana.
Out of 97 motorcyclists who died in 2017, 38 of those riders were drunk driving.

What Causes Motorcycle Accidents

You can wear a helmet, buy top-rated safety gear, stick to the speed limit, and stay inside your lane… and still end up lying in the road with serious injuries. Sometimes you end up being a victim no matter how carefully you drive. Knowing what typically causes motorcycle accidents can help you stay out of harm’s way. The following are common causes of motorcycle crashes in Louisiana:

Other Drivers

Drivers on the road present serious dangers to vulnerable motorcyclists, who suffer the most in collisions. Driver distraction, inattention, and carelessness cause thousands of motorcycle accidents each year. If a driver does not see an oncoming motorcyclist, the outcome can be disastrous. It is every driver’s duty to pay strict attention to the road at all times and treat motorcyclists with respect and due care.

Dangerous Road Conditions

Motorcyclists are much more sensitive to the conditions of the roadway than passenger vehicle drivers. A road defect that other vehicles can cruise smoothly over could cause a major motorcycle accident.

Defective Motorcycle Parts

If your bike suffers a tire blowout, brake failure, or other malfunction that causes you to crash, consider whether the part has a defect. There could be recalls regarding your motorcycle model or the specific part. Even if no recall exists, seek help from our personal injury lawyers. If the product is defective, you might be able to sue the manufacturer for compensation.

Most Common Motorcycle Injuries

There are many injuries one can sustain when you’re in a motorcycle collision. They include small scratches to more life-threatening injuries. Among the most frequently encountered injuries in motorcycle crashes are the following. If you experience any of these, you must promptly contact motorcycle injury lawyers for assistance.

Road Burns

While not a fatal injury, road burns can still do some serious damage by causing permanent scarring. Protect yourself by wearing protective pants and jackets when riding your motorcycle.

Bone Fractures

The ankles, collarbone, and feet are much more vulnerable to fractures than other parts of your body. Invest in protective motorcycle gear such as strong riding pants and sturdy boots in order to reduce your risk of breaking a bone.

Head Injuries

These are even more prevalent in cases when motorcyclists do not wear a helmet. Avoid a concussion at best and a traumatic brain injury at worst by wearing a U.S. Department of Transportation certified helmet when hitting the road.

Spinal Injuries

Nerve damage, fractures, and herniated discs: all of these can happen when a rider hits the pavement in a motorcycle wreck.

Why Hire an Attorney?

It’s a sad reality that many courts, including those in Baton Rouge, tend to have biases against motorcyclists. They see motorcycling as a dangerous activity and might think that riders assume these risks. It often takes a skilled personal injury attorney to defend injured motorcyclists and to stand up for their rights under law.

Don’t let an insurance claims adjuster place the blame on you or downplay the extent of your injuries. Retain a motorcycle accident lawyer for your best chance at maximizing damage recovery. Call (225) 928-8800 or fill out our contact form to get in touch with our team of motorcycle accident attorneys today.

Louisiana Motorcycle Laws

Louisiana “No Pay, No Play” Rule
Comparative Fault Statute – Article 2323

A. In any action for damages where a person suffers injury, death, or loss, the degree or percentage of fault of all persons causing or contributing to the injury, death, or loss shall be determined, regardless of whether the person is a party to the action or a nonparty, and regardless of the person’s insolvency, ability to pay, immunity by statute, including but not limited to the provisions of R.S. 23:1032, or that the other person’s identity is not known or reasonably ascertainable. If a person suffers injury, death, or loss as the result partly of his own negligence and partly as a result of the fault of another person or persons, the amount of damages recoverable shall be reduced in proportion to the degree or percentage of negligence attributable to the person suffering the injury, death, or loss.

B. The provisions of Paragraph A shall apply to any claim for recovery of damages for injury, death, or loss asserted under any law or legal doctrine or theory of liability, regardless of the basis of liability.

C. Notwithstanding the provisions of Paragraphs A and B, if a person suffers injury, death, or loss as a result partly of his own negligence and partly as a result of the fault of an intentional tortfeasor, his claim for recovery of damages shall not be reduced.

Amended by Acts 1979, No. 431, §1; Acts 1996, 1st Ex. Sess., No. 3, §1, eff. April 16, 1996.


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