Motorcycle accidents can cause damage to property and a serious amount of injury to those involved. In many cases, drivers have a difficult time seeing motorcyclists which can cause crashes; at other times, the motorcyclist may be driving recklessly.
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) released crash data analyzing the number of accidents in Louisiana from 2004 to 2008, and what they found shed light on some interesting factors leading up to the crashes.
Helmeted riders made up over half of the crash fatalities, accounting for 48 of the 80 deaths in 2008. Additionally, Louisiana motorcycle accidents made up approximately 10% of all fatal auto accidents that same year. 2006 was the year with the highest motorbike fatalities, the death toll reaching 96 that year.
If you or a loved one has experienced serious injury from a Lake Charles motorcycle crash, you may be entitled to compensation that can assist you in paying hospital bills, rehabilitative expenses, and covering lost wages from time out of work.
The personal injury lawyers at Simien & Simien believes that victims in motorcycle wrecks should have a voice in court to represent their rights, which is why we always fight for the MAXIMUM amount of compensation due to our clients.
To find out how we can help, simply fill out the “Free Case Review” form located on the upper, right side of this page. It is 100% FREE and there is no obligation to proceed. Additionally, the details of your case will always be strictly confidential.
Injuries Associated with Motorcycle Accidents
One of the most consistent causes of motorcycle accidents is the disconnect between motorcyclists and motor vehicle operators; motorists are generally unaware of motorcycles and riders can have a bad habit of maneuvering through vehicles stealthily, making them even more difficult to see.
When drivers and riders don’t communicate, serious injury can result and some of the most common types of injuries in these circumstances include:
- Broken bones
- Dental damage
- Facial lacerations
- Loss of limb
- Road Rash
- Rider’s Arm
- Spinal cord trauma
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- …to name a few.
What is different about motorcycle wrecks versus auto accidents is that in many cases the rider is not hurt while on the bike but instead the force of the crash— which usually happens at a high rate of speed— throws them to the curb or further down the road, causing impact injuries to the body, face and head.
Causes of Motorcycle Crashes
Drivers of any vehicle should remember to practice defensive driving habits, which can help prevent an accident or lessen the severity of its impact. Negligent drivers and motorcyclists will usually repeat the same behaviors, though the exact cause of an accident will vary from crash to crash.
The following are some very common causes of motorcycle accidents in Lake Charles, LA:
- Texting and driving
- Fatigued drivers
- Improper use of signals
- Changing lanes illegally
- DUI or DWI
- Mechanical failure
- Poor road conditions or visibility
- …and many other factors.
During the study conducted in Louisiana the number of registered motorcycles rose considerably from 55,800 in 2004 to 70,000 in 2008, which naturally increased the number of fatalities and accidents Louisiana saw in recent years.
Contact Our Experienced Lake Charles Motorcycle Accident Law Firm
Accidents that happen between motorcycles and passenger cars be extremely difficult circumstances for not only the injury victim but also for their family members and other dependents. The factors involved in liability and negligence can be confusing and daunting, but the entire legal team at Simien & Simien understands the obstacles that many injury victims face after an accident, and we are here to help. We always fight for the MAXIMUM amount of compensation eligible to our clients.
With offices located in Baton Rouge and Lake Charles, LA we provide comprehensive legal counsel to injury victims throughout Louisiana, including:
- Moss Bluff
- …and most of the towns and suburbs that surround these areas.
To find out how we could help you, simply fill out the 100% FREE and strictly confidential “Case Evaluation” form at the top of the page or call us Toll Free at (800) 374-8422. We have intake staff ready to take your call and after some brief, initial questions about the nature of your inquiry, you will be quickly connected to one of our highly skilled attorneys.