Motorcycle accidents happen all over Louisiana. Louisiana is a state known for scenic by-ways and highways, therefore residents here like to hit the open road on their big two-wheelers. However, many car-drivers do not look out for motorcycles. Motorcycle accidents happen all the time and they tend to be more violent than a normal car crash due to the exposed rider.
Attorneys at the Smiley Law Firm handle motorcycle claims like they do all accident claims, with care, precision and compassion for the client. If you have suffered an injury due to a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation. If the other party is at fault, then you could be entitled to your medical bills being paid for along with compensation for pain and suffering.
In recent years the rise in motorcycle use has been tremendous. The current trend shows that fatalities are on the rise while helmet use is on the decline. Mix these figures with the liberal laws allowing motorcycle riders to pass in the middle of traffic and it gives you a lethal combination. Motorcycles often travel very fast and are hard to see. The riders tend to be younger and more aggressive.
Communities nationwide are running awareness programs so that drivers pay more attention to the smallest users of roads and highways.
The law has certain duties for motorcycle riders and heightened duties for the drivers around them. Being a defensive driver is always best but sometimes even defensive riders get hurt. The damages and injury typically are greater in motorcycle accidents due to the fact that the rider is exposed to the elements when the accident happens. If you or one of your loved ones was in a motorcycle accident and suffered injuries or death, its time to consult an attorney.
Tips for Riders:
- Motorcycle riders should always use caution;
- Always use DOT approved helmet when operating;
- Use proper signaling technique when turning;
- Use appropriate following distances when around other vehicles;
- Purchase proper insurance including under-insured or uninsured motorist;
- Wear bright coloring when on the road; and
- Never ride while intoxicated or impaired.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a motorcycle accident, get in touch with Smiley Law Firm by calling or filling out a contact form today.