The Louisiana roads are always popular for motorcyclists. With agreeable weather and proximity to events, entertainment and popular spots, this should not come as a surprise. Another issue that should not be surprising is the level of danger that motorcyclists face when they are out riding. Even if they are wearing protective gear, they are inordinately vulnerable to catastrophic injuries and loss of life if they are in a crash. That can include brain trauma, spinal cord injuries, broken bones, cuts, bruises and more. To address that, the state dedicated an entire month to motorcycle safety. Still, given the statistics, even the most vigilant riders should know what they could be confronted with if they are in an accident.
Motorcycle safety campaign
Louisiana sought to emphasize motorcycle safety with its month-long campaign. This stems from research saying that the lack of visibility of motorcycles is a common contributing factor to accidents. Researchers stated that there was a 6% rise in rider deaths in 2021 when compared to 2020. Governor John Bel Edwards stated that this was a major factor in the attempt to increase awareness. Distracted driving is another issue that is causing many motorcycle accidents. If a person is driving a passenger vehicle or a truck and they do not watch what they are doing, they cannot react or see everything they otherwise would, potentially causing collisions.
ValuePenguin study assesses motorcycle accidents between 2016 and 2020
These concerns are well-founded if a ValuePenguin study is to be believed. From 2019 to 2020, motorcycle accidents increased by 11%. This came after a three-year decline in fatal motorcycle crashes. From 2016 to 2020, the biggest catalyst in these accidents was found to be speed-related, accounting for about one in three. Around 50% happened during the weekend and half happened in the summer. Louisiana was second to Texas in the most motorcycle accidents for every 1,000 registered motorcycles across the nation. Part of the increase is believed due to the changed landscape given the national challenges over the past few years. Drivers used less traffic and lax law enforcement to speed, drive under the influence, drive while distracted and behave recklessly.
The aftermath of a motorcycle accident may require experienced help
Although many motorcycle accidents might seem clear as to how they occurred, who was at fault and how severe the injuries are, cases can be worryingly complex. Having protection with experienced legal guidance is imperative, but that protection must have the injured party and their family in mind as a strategy is crafted with how to move forward.
Discussing the case with those who have extensive experience in assisting people who have been affected by a motorcycle crash is vital. A firm with extensive ties to the community and a lineage of helping people going back 75 years is a strong start when considering how to proceed after any type of accident.
Inevitably, a motorcycle accident will lead to fear of massive medical expenses; long-term damage and the need for care; questions about what to do about lost income; and the unfortunate likelihood of a fatality. Knowing how long a case will take to settle or be decided in court, what strategies can be effective and how to handle every aspect of the situation generally requires competent, professional and caring assistance. Knowing who to contact is key.