Motorcycle Accidents

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.

Some of these motorcycle wreck statistics might surprise you:

  • The total number of registered motorcycles in the state of Louisiana has risen from 55,800 in 2004 to 70,000 in 2008; this has caused the number of motorcycle wrecks to increase as well.
  • Motorcycle accidents in Louisiana generally involve people between the ages 20 to 29.
  • The largest amount of motorcycle wreck fatalities in Louisiana occurred in the year 2006 with 95 reported deaths.
  • The largest number of motorcycle accident fatalities in Louisiana were reported in the Lafayette, Jefferson, and Calcasieu parishes.
  • Motorcycle wrecks made up 8 to 10 percent of all auto accidents in Louisiana.
  • Out of 80 motorcyclists, 48 helmeted riders accounted for the number of deaths relating to motorcycle accidents in Louisiana.

What Causes Motorcycle Accidents?

  • 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 condition. 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, may upend a smaller, lighter motorcycle. Roadway hazards such as fallen trees, debris, potholes, uneven shoulders, and loose rubble can all cause serious motorcycle accidents. If the city should have repaired the condition but failed to do so, the injured motorcyclist may be able to make a claim against the government for negligent roadway maintenance.
  • Defective motorcycle part. 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. If the product is defective, you might be able to make a claim against the manufacturer for compensation.

Some of the most common motorcycle wreck injuries include:

  • 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. Head injuries are even more prevalent in cases where motorcyclists do not wear a helmet. Avoid a concussio or a traumatic brain injury by wearing a U.S. Department of Transportation certified helmet when hitting the road.
  • Spinal Injuries. Nerve damage, fractures, or a herniated discs can occur when a rider hits the pavement in a motorcycle wreck.

Why Hire an Attorney?

It is 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. Do not let an insurance claims adjuster place the blame on you or downplay the extent of your injuries. Retain a lawyer for your best chance at maximizing damage recovery. Call (225) 928-8800 or submit our contact form to get in touch with a motorcycle accident lawyer today.