Motorcycle Accident Claims
Motorcycles by their very nature are more dangerous than passenger vehicles. They offer no protection to the rider who is hit or who flies off his bike onto the pavement or other objects. They are less visible to other motorists and more susceptible to bad weather and road conditions as well as being less stable in driving maneuvers like sudden stopping and swerving. In any accident between a motorcyclist and other vehicles, the motorcyclist has a much greater chance of suffering serious injuries or even death.
Despite this, the number of motorcycles has increased in the U.S. These vehicles are used not only for fun and sport but for a more cost-effective form of transportation. With this increase, however, can come an increase in accidents. If you or someone you know has been involved in a motorcycle accident caused by negligence, getting competent legal representation is essential. At Anderson Traylor Edwards, you can bring your case to a highly qualified legal team that has 50 years of combined legal experience to put to work on your behalf in building your claim and following through with aggressive negotiation. Operating on a contingency fee basis, we are available 24/7 and you will pay no upfront fees.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 5,000 individuals died in motorcycle crashes in the U.S. in 2017. The NHTSA has reported that motorcyclists are 27 times more likely to die in such crashes than motorists or their passengers. Louisiana has a very high rate of motorcycle accidents with over 1900 crashes in 2015.
Such accidents have common causes. The majority of all motorcycle accidents involve another vehicle.
Causes can include:
- Making unsafe lane changes
- Making sudden stops
- Opening car doors onto the path of an oncoming motorcycle
- Driving while texting or engaging in other distracted behaviors
- Driving while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs
- Making left-hand turns onto the path of motorcycle
- Dangerous or defective road conditions
- Dangerous or defective motorcycle or auto components
The vast majority of these accidents involve head-on collisions which can often be fatal to the motorcyclist. Injuries sustained in motorcycle accidents can range from road rash, cuts, and bruises to broken bones, internal organ damage, loss of limbs, concussions, sprains, traumatic brain injury, and spinal cord injury. A motorcyclist injured in a traffic crash can end up needing months or years to recover and, in the worst cases, may become permanently disabled as in the case of paralysis or amputation.
Talk to a Hammond motorcycle accident attorney at (985) 244-3070 about your accident and injuries today.
Motorcycle Law in Louisiana
It is important to know and abide by Louisiana law when owning and operating a motorcycle in the state. Key parts of the law include mandatory use of a helmet for both riders and their passengers which must be specifically made for motorcycle use. Helmets must have a lining, padding, visor, and chin strap. You must also wear some type of eye protection such as goggles or safety glasses unless you have a windshield that adequately protects your vision.
The law prohibits riding while carrying something that does not allow you to have both hands on your motorcycle. Passengers are only allowed to ride on bikes that have been specifically designed for more than the rider. Children young enough to require car seats cannot ride on motorcycles and those over the age of five are only allowed if they have a helmet and are properly seated.
Is Lane-Splitting Legal in Louisiana?
Lane-splitting, a tactic used by motorcyclists in which a motorcyclist may ride in between lanes and in between other motor vehicles on the road, is not legal in Louisiana. According to Louisiana law, riders may drive two abreast on a lane but lane-splitting by motorcyclists is illegal in the state.
How Long Do I Have to File a Motorcycle Accident Claim?
The State of Louisiana gives the injured party of motorcycle accidents one year from the date of their accident to file a claim. After a motorcycle accident, your first priority should be your immediate safety. Gathering important evidence from the scene of the accident, however, may prove helpful in filing your claim. By discussing your case with an attorney, you may better understand what information may be helpful in filing your claim or fighting for better compensation.
Anderson Traylor Edwards—Available to Provide Service at Your Home, Office, or Hospital Room
Our legal team understands that, after an accident, you will be dealing with physical and emotional trauma. That is why we are prepared to come to you wherever you happen to be, whether at home, at your office, or while in the hospital. Putting together the investigation, evidence, and documentation needed to build your claim as soon as possible can often be key to the positive outcome of your case. Our attorneys will get to work immediately after the initial visit to build your claim and will work diligently behind the scenes seeking the justice—and fair and just compensation—to which you may be entitled.
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