Motorcycles are quick off the mark, nimble around corners, and capable of slicing through traffic. But these performance benefits are not without risk. Motorcycles are less stable on the road than vehicles with four wheels, less visible to other drivers, and lacking in any protective outer shell.
These facts explain why motorcycle drivers are far more likely to die in a crash than drivers of any other vehicle. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that in 2016, motorcyclist deaths occurred nearly 28 times more often than passenger car occupant fatalities. The report also states that over 5,000 people were killed in the United States in motorcycle accidents that year.
In an attempt to crack down on reckless driving and reduce the accident rate, Louisiana has instituted several motorcycle laws designed to protect riders and those around them.
Responsible drivers understand that they owe a duty of care to others on the road. But you are always at risk of being struck by someone who disregards the law. If you were involved in an accident with a negligent motorist, contact a Bastrop personal injury lawyer at The Downs Law Firm to discuss the circumstances of the incident and the merits of your claim.
Our clients appreciate the knowledge and commitment we bring to their cases, as well as our willingness to work closely with them, keeping them fully informed every step of the way. Call 318-284-8551 for a free consultation with one of our motorcycle wreck attorneys today.
Motorcycle Safety Laws All Louisiana Riders Should Know
Motorcycles are slick, speedy vehicles that can take other drivers by surprise as they weave in and out of traffic. That unpredictability can be as dangerous as it is thrilling.
Motorcycles are smaller than other cars and arrive in your rear-view mirror a lot more suddenly, and because two wheels are naturally unbalanced, all it takes is a small clip to send a motorcyclist flying. Without walls or doors to contain the damage, that rider is at a greater risk of being seriously hurt.
This is why Louisiana 32-190 states that all motorcycle riders are legally required to wear a motorcycle helmet. In the event of a crash, a certified and properly fitted helmet is all that stands between your head and the road.
Our state has also implemented five other rules governing the practice of driving a motorcycle:
- The rider must remain seated on an attached seat;
- No motorcycle may carry more than one rider, unless designed and fitted to do so;
- Riders must face forward at all times, with legs astride the vehicle;
- The rider may not carry any item that requires him or her to let go of the handlebars; and
- Children who should be restrained in a child safety seat may not be carried on a motorcycle.
If you were injured by a negligent driver despite following the law, a motorcycle wreck attorney at The Downs Law Firm can help. Our entire team of personal injury lawyers is dedicated to providing the legal advice you need, combined with the service and personal attention you deserve.
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