Motorcycle Accident Attorney in New Orleans

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Louisiana is a great place for motorcycle riders. With scenic views and dynamic roads, Louisiana has a lot to offer for motorcycle enthusiasts.

Motorcycles may be smaller than other vehicles on the road, but motorcycle drivers and passengers have the same rights as other drivers.

In many motorcycle cases, those who cause the accident say they didn't see the motorcyclist, but those excuses are unacceptable. Whether someone is driving a motorcycle, car, truck or 18-wheeler, it's the responsibility of every driver to be aware of those sharing the road.

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Motorcyclists face unique risks that car drivers rarely consider, including manhole covers, potholes, puddles, and slick surfaces. With little or no protection in a collision, motorcyclists are especially vulnerable to death or serious personal injuries, including:

  • Back injuries
  • Spinal injuries
  • Brain injuries
  • Road rash
  • Muscle and nerve damage
  • Leg injuries
  • Neck injuries
  • Broken or crushed bones
  • Fractured ribs

Louisiana Motorcycle Laws

Every state is different when it comes to motorcycle laws, and Louisiana is no exception. These laws are subject to change; motorcyclists should take the time to ensure they are aware of the most recent updates to the law in order to ensure their own safety and the safety of others on the road.

As of March 2020, the following are the current laws for motorcycle drivers and passengers in the state of Louisiana:

  • Helmets: All riders, including both motorcycle operators and passengers, must wear approved protective headgear (helmets). By law, protective headgear is defined as a helmet containing a visor, padding, and secured chin strap, which must be worn while riding.
  • Eye Protection: If a motorcycle does not have a windshield that offers sufficient eye protection to the motorcycle operator, he or she must wear eye protection. Acceptable forms of eye protection include goggles, safety glasses, or a visor/face shield attached to the helmet.
  • License: In Louisiana, motorcyclists are not required to obtain a separate driver’s license in order to operate a motorcycle. However, they do need to obtain a motorcycle endorsement, which is added to their current driver’s licenses after attending and passing a motorcycle training safety course.
  • Lane Splitting: The practice of riding between cars, or “lane splitting,” is strictly prohibited in Louisiana. Motorcyclists may not maneuver between cars/lanes, regardless of speed.
  • Hand Placement: State law stipulates that motorcycle operators must have both hands on the handlebars at all times while the motorcycle is moving. Additionally, handlebars cannot be at a height that requires the motorcyclist to hold his or her hands above the shoulders.

This is not a complete list of motorcycle laws in Louisiana. For more information, view the most recent Louisiana motorcycle handbook here.

Put the Womac on Em'

No matter what caused your accident or how complex your injuries seem, you should begin your claim with a New Orleans motorcycle accident lawyer from the Womac Law Firm. Insurance companies will often try to get you to settle for the lowest amount, even though this amount is not enough to cover all the costs of your injuries. Our team knows how to approach insurance companies and if your case goes to trial, our trial lawyers are not afraid to do so. With us on your side, we can help you even the playing field.

On Your Side for 35 Years

Ed Womac has been serving the injured across Louisiana since 1983. For decades, we have been the source of injury advocacy for victims of motorcycle accidents, truck accidents, car accidents, and more.

Our reputation is not only based on our results, but also on the relationship we establish with our clients. We take the time to get to know our clients and to understand their struggles in order to better serve their needs. Whenever you have questions, you can expect prompt and thorough answers.

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