Motorcycle Accident Attorney in New Orleans
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
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
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
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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Frequently Asked Questions
Q: I was involved in a motorcycle accident when a car turned left in front
of me. Who is at fault?
A: Generally, whenever a car turns left in front of a motorcyclist, resulting
in a collision, the driver of the car is almost always liable, unless
you were driving well above the speed limit or you ran a red light.
Q: If I only ride my motorcycle recreationally or just on the weekends,
do I still have to wear a helmet?
A: In the state of Louisiana, all motorcyclists and their passengers are required
to wear a helmet by law, no matter how often you ride. Even if you were
in a state that did not require you to wear a helmet, wearing one can
significantly reduce your chances of suffering a severe head injury, so
make sure you and your passengers never ride without one.
Q: Will I still be able to recover damages if I was not wearing a helmet?
A: Just because you failed to comply with state law does not mean you cannot
recover any compensation at all. That said, it can still potentially harm
your case if it is determined that your choice to not wear a helmet contributed
to your injuries.
Q: What should I do if I get into an accident while riding my motorcycle?
A: Treat the aftermath of a motorcycle accident much like you would treat
any other motor vehicle accident and exchange information with the other
driver, including insurance information, licenses, and contact information.
You should also try to take as many pictures as you can of the scene,
your injuries, and the physical damage sustained by your motorcycle and
the other vehicle.
Q: If I get into an accident while riding my motorcycle, should I hire
A: It’s a good idea to consult with an attorney after being involved
in an accident. He or she will be able to provide invaluable advice, such
as whether or not you have a valid claim.