Motorcycle safety in Louisiana

Motorcycles offer an exhilarating way to explore our beautiful state.  It would be hard to beat hopping on your bike and hitting the open road, with the wind whipping in your face, as you make your journey through the Great State of Louisiana.  Many of the features that make motorcycles so appealing, though – the open air, the feeling of the road flying beneath your feet – also make motorcycle travel particularly dangerous for you and the other drivers on the road.

Motorcycle safety laws in Louisiana are inconsistent

Motorcycle laws are often less restrictive than laws regulating other kinds of motor vehicles, and Louisiana is no exception.  Motorcycle helmets are required by law in Louisiana.  Turn signals and passenger side wing mirrors, however, are not.  Then there’s the simple issue of expectation: drivers are ready to spot other cars all over the road, but motorcycles can catch them by surprise.  At night, drivers are conditioned to expect two side-by-side headlights.  But a motorcycle, with only one headlight, can “jump out of nowhere” to the unsuspecting eye.  Motorcyclists must be extra-vigilant while on the road.

Motorcycle personal injuries can be severe

The risk of personal injury to motorcycle riders is also heightened.  While someone driving a car is in some ways protected by the vehicle, motorcycle riders have no such luck.  If you’re thrown from your bike, there’s little separating your body and the road other than whatever you happen to be wearing.  So motorcycle riders, take heed: enjoy the wind in your face, but be careful out there.

February 25, 2013 | Categories: Auto Accidents, Legal Tips, Safety Tips |