Motorcyclists face unique challenges in Louisiana and the rest of the U.S. Since motorcycles are less crash-worthy than motor vehicles, motorcyclists are more likely to die in collisions. Crash rates also vary depending on economic factors and how safety programs are implemented. However, there are certain types of crashes that are more common with motorcyclists.
According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, more than half of motorcycle accidents involve drivers over 40. Young and inexperienced motorcyclists are also frequently to blame. For example, they are at a higher risk for making mistakes in the dark and in bad weather.
Speeding is another factor, especially in accidents that take place around curves where drivers must negotiate their turns. Motorcyclists may also fail to recover from slides. High-powered motorcycles are even more prone to speeding.
A third cause is alcohol or drug intoxication, which slows down response times and makes drivers forgetful of things like their helmets. A motorcyclist may be subject to penalties like fines and mandatory classes if they are caught with a blood alcohol content above the legal limit.
Of course, automobile drivers are often to blame, too. Many drivers fail to see motorcyclists and colliding with them at intersections or during lane changes. The risk goes up in those regions where lane splitting is legal.
In the case of a motorcycle accident, a crash victim will want to see if the at-fault party was negligent. A lawyer could obtain a copy of the police report and even hire investigators for this part. If there are indeed grounds for a personal injury claim, the victim could obtain compensation that will cover their medical expenses and other losses.