Louisiana Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimated 88,000 motorcycle accident injuries in 2013, while 4,986 motorcyclists were killed that same year. The estimation is likely due to a number of single-rider accidents that go unreported. Nevertheless, these statistics show that motorcycle travel, like any other motor vehicle travel, is remarkably dangerous. Even when drivers practice safe and sound riding, another party can cause a catastrophic accident. When this happens, Arnold & Itkin LLP is there in Louisiana to protect their rights and seek damages for injuries and financially related repercussions.
Why Are Motorcycle Accidents So Common?
It has been documented that motorcyclists stand a 35% higher chance of being involved in a crash than those in passenger vehicles. This is an alarming statistic that speaks to the dangers motorcycles face every day on the road. While this is a common sentiment, most are surprised to learn that the majority of motorcycle accidents are not caused by the motorcyclist, but by the driver in a neighboring passenger vehicle. Motorcyclist are trained and licensed specifically to note and avoid the perils they face, but many drivers are not trained to look out for motorcycles.
Many Drivers Do Not Consider Motorcyclists on the Road
A psychological phenomenon known as “scotoma” can be to blame for many of these accidents. This concept states that many people literally do not see what they are not looking for. As drivers of passenger vehicles, most are looking out for other passenger vehicles instead of motorcycles.
Because many drivers are not practiced in looking out for them, motorcyclists are often hit by drivers negligently merging into them. If passengers in vehicles played a game designed around spotting or counting motorcycles instead of other types of vehicles, drivers and passengers alike will have trained themselves to see motorcyclists more effectively, which would prevent accidents.
Regardless of the phenomenon, you as a motorcyclist have a right to safe travel and protection from negligent harm done unto you. If you have been injured in a Louisiana motorcycle accident, contact an attorney from Arnold & Itkin and tell us about your case.
How You Can Ride Safer
You cannot control the driving practices of others but you can implement preventative measures in order to help protect your safety.
Below are some quick tips for minimizing injury:
- Cover as much skin as you can with protective fabrics when riding a motorcycle.
- Wear a helmet each time you ride your motorcycle, whether it is required or not.
- Make sure you are properly trained to operate the motorcycle
- Research and install feasible product designed for safety when riding
Making the Next Step after an Accident
It may be difficult to know how to go about pursuing compensation for your wrongful injuries. You may be experiencing serious injuries and financial burdens. Of course, the first step is to seek medical attention and work to become well.
Afterwards, the best next step would be to contact a Louisiana motorcycle injury attorney. We can help provide funding for your medical expenses during the interim of your case as well as perform a rigorous investigation on the causes of and parties responsible for your injuries. All of this contributes to a solidly built case in favor of your compensation to help you recover and return to a stable life.
Arranging Your Free Consultation with Our Team
Not only has our team recovered over $1 billion in compensation for our clients over the past 5 years, but we tailor our treatment of your case to your individual needs. We believe that you have been severely wronged and we want to help in any way that we can to make it right. From providing highly qualified medical referrals to being available at all hours for your questions or concerns, Arnold & Itkin has your back.
Call our Louisiana motorcycle accident offices at (225) 412-6348. From there, we will schedule a free case evaluation to learn more about your accident at no risk or obligation to you.