It is no secret that motorcycle crashes contribute to thousands of injuries and fatalities each year. Motorcyclists are far more vulnerable than motorists, and the combination of high speeds and negligent drivers on the roads means that across the state of Louisiana, a significant percentage of motorcycles crash every year.
According to Louisiana Crash Data Reports, 75 motorcyclists died on state roads in 2014. Over the same period, there were 1,887 motorcycle crashes that caused more than 1,400 injuries. These statistics indicate that the majority of motorcycle riders who are in collisions sustain serious injuries.
When should you contact a personal-injury lawyer?
If you sustained serious injuries in a crash that was not your fault, you may be able to recover damages to pay for medical expenses and lost wages. An Alexandria personal-injury attorney can evaluate your accident and determine if you have a valid claim.
At Morris Bart, LLC, we have a qualified team of attorneys and support staff standing by to help you recover compensation. We have a special interest in helping people who have suffered injuries due to another person or company’s negligence, and we may be able to do the same for you. Call us today at 1-888-996-7971 to schedule an appointment.
The following are common reasons why motorcyclists crash in Louisiana:
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
As with motor vehicle crashes, there are several common causes of motorcycle accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the most common cause is negligent drivers. Drivers are often distracted or driving under the influence, and they are not aware of the motorcycles around them.
Speeding and unsafe riding habits are also common causes. Many motorcycle users fail to change or merge lanes safely. Some even turn in front of traffic without warning.
External factors also play a role in the number of collisions each year. Motorcycles are especially susceptible to poor road conditions, and poorly lit or badly maintained roads can initiate a crash. Defective bikes are not a common accident cause, but a blowout or hitting debris at a high speed can be catastrophic.
Reducing the Risk of Motorcycle Crashes
If you ride a motorcycle, you are already at risk of getting into a collision, but there are several measures you can take to reduce the chances of it happening. Driving-Tests.org recommends always riding within your abilities, staying fit and healthy so you can better control the bike, obtaining a valid license and wearing the necessary protective equipment and clothing.
If you sustained injuries in a serious motorcycle crash, you could benefit from contacting an Alexandria personal injury lawyer for advice. You may be able to recover costs associated with medical expenses, and at Morris Bart, LLC, we have helped many injured motorists and motorcyclists get back on their feet.
Call us today at 800-537-8185 to schedule an appointment. We have a team of more than 50 attorneys ready to evaluate your crash and determine if you may have a valid claim.