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Motorcycle Accidents in Louisiana
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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Injuries Associated with Motorcycle Accidents
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.
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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.
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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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I was involved in a motorcycle accident when a car turned left in front of me. Who is at fault?
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.
If I only ride my motorcycle recreationally or just on the weekends, do I still have to wear a helmet?
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.
Will I still be able to recover damages if I was not wearing a helmet?
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.
What should I do if I get into an accident while riding my motorcycle?
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.
If I get into an accident while riding my motorcycle, should I hire an attorney?
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.