Motorcycle drivers face situations with a high possibility of serious injury. If you have been in a motorcycle accident in Louisiana, you may be facing severe injuries, physical pain, emotional distress, and financial hardships. You may need the help of a Louisiana personal injury attorney.
Motorcyclists are more vulnerable to serious injuries from accidents than drivers of automobiles for obvious reasons. Collisions with truck or other automobiles are more likely to severely injure or kill motorcyclists than automobile drivers. In a recent sample year, motorcycle accidents hospitalized as many as 166,000 American citizens, including those in Louisiana. In the same study, more than 4,000 motorcyclists were killed.
Many motorcycle accidents are the result of error by an automobile or truck driver. This is often because motorcycles are difficult to see. Also, negligent drivers commonly rear-end motorcycles by following too closely or failing to yield.
Motorcycles are more dangerous than other automobiles as they pose more risk to the driver. A motorcycle accident can lead to spinal injuries, brain injuries, broken bones and fractures, as well as head and neck injuries. If you or a loved one was in a motorcycle accident due to someone’s negligence, you may want to consult with a Louisiana motorcycle accident attorney to seek justice.
Many different factors can cause motorcycle accidents. One of them is weather. Strong winds, heavy rain and stormy weather can make the road slippery and very dangerous for motorcycle riders. Additionally, heavier and bigger vehicles are prone to hitting smaller motorcycles in inclement weather. Such accidents usually occur at entry and exit points, or when passing on the highway. These accidents can result in devastating injury or death to the motorcycle rider.
The injuries sustained in motorcycle accidents can often be serious and disabling, if not fatal. Concussion, brain damage and TBIs are common due to the head hitting the road or another vehicle or barrier. Soft tissue damage can occur as a result of the motorcyclist sliding along the asphalt (commonly called “road rash”) after falling off the vehicle. The face can be disfigured if the driver does not wear a helmet or if chin is the point of impact. As with other accidents, broken bones are also a strong possibility in a motorcycle mishap. Wearing protective gear can help minimize injuries to a certain extent.
It is important to preserve all evidence of motorcycle accidents. When filing a personal injury case, an experienced motorcycle accident attorney will need to investigate the incident thoroughly. Police reports, doctor evaluations, medical test reports, pictures of the scene of the accident and other items of evidence will all have to be collected and documented. Insurance companies will try to settle for the lowest possible amount and as quickly as possible. They will also often fail to perform or document a thorough investigation, especially when fault lies with their insured. So, it is in your best interests to engage a good lawyer to properly investigate and preserve relevant evidence connected to your motorcycle accident.
Medical expenses for overnight hospitalization can be significant. If you have had surgery or even a fracture, then chances are you will need to rest for a few weeks at a minimum – every situation is different. The sustained injuries can lead to temporary or permanent loss of income on top of medical costs. Expensive rehabilitation and physical therapy may also be required, depending upon the injury’s severity. In addition to the financial implications are the non-economic damages that you will have to bear, such as pain and suffering and disfigurement. An experienced Louisiana motorcycle accident lawyer can help you fight your case properly and swiftly, and make sure you receive full compensation for your injuries.
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