People often view motorcycle riders as dangerous and reckless, but this is rarely the case. Instead, the vast majority of motorcyclists are responsible and take precautions to keep themselves safe on the road, such as wearing the proper clothing, helmets, and protective eyewear, and understanding the right way to operate a motorcycle.
Rather than being reckless, they simply enjoy riding their motorcycles, either as a way to relax or because they prefer a motorcycle to a car or truck.
But, even taking every safety measure, motorcyclists face danger every time they get on the road. Recent statistics show that motorcycles make up only 3 percent of all registered vehicles in the United States, but account for 15 percent of all traffic fatalities. Even more troubling: per vehicle mile traveled, motorcyclists were more than 26 times as likely as car occupants to die in motor vehicle traffic crashes and 5 times more likely to be injured. This makes it imperative to have a New Orleans motorcycle accident lawyer.
Many times, these accidents aren’t caused by the rider but by the other drivers on the road. Car and truck drivers frequently refuse to share the road with motorcycle riders, they don’t look for riders, and they fail to yield to them.
But Louisiana law protects motorcycle riders. Motorcyclists are entitled to “full use of a lane and no motor vehicle shall be driven in such manner as to deprive any motorcycle of the full use of a lane” (La. Rev. Stat. 32:191.1). If a vehicle driver fails to give a motorcycle rider full use of the lane, there’s a strong argument that the driver was negligent and therefore responsible for any injuries that result. An experienced New Orleans motorcycle accident lawyer will be able to represent you in court.
When motorcycle accidents do occur, they usually lead to severe injuries. Riders are often thrown from their bikes and can suffer broken bones, back and neck injuries, long-term disabilities, or even death.
Louisiana Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
If you’ve been involved in a New Orleans motorcycle accident, call a New Orleans motorcycle accident attorney at (504) 564-7342 today. You will be able to talk through all of the issues in your case with an accident lawyer and start working to get you compensated for your injuries.
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