Even the most careful and well-prepared motorcyclists are sometimes involved in motorcycle accidents. The truth is that no matter how careful you are, you cannot completely make up for another drivers’ negligence. Drivers on Louisiana roads do not always keep a proper lookout for motorcyclists, and their negligent and reckless behavior can cause life-threatening injuries to motorcyclists.
At the Law Office of Andrew R. Schwing in New Orleans, we represent motorcyclists who were injured by the negligent and reckless actions of other drivers. We aren’t a settlement mill. When we take a motorcycle accident case, we investigate it fully and prepare it for trial.
Causes of Louisiana Motorcycle Accidents
There are many causes of motorcycle accidents. Each accident is different, and multiple factors can be involved in the same accident. These include:
Unsafe lane changes:
When drivers fail to keep a proper lookout when changing lanes, they often swerve directly into motorcyclists.
Motorcyclists are also commonly hurt when drivers exiting parked cars open their doors without looking behind them.
Driving while distracted:
Texting and talking on the phone is more common than ever. When drivers operate their vehicles while distracted, they risk causing serious damage to motorcyclists.
We often see operating a vehicle at an excessive speed as a factor in motorcycle accidents.
Driving while impaired:
Drivers operating vehicles under the influence of alcohol or other drugs are more likely to cause serious crashes than sober drivers.
What to Do If You Have Been Injured in a Motorcycle Accident
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, taking care of your health is your first priority. Make sure to get the medical care you need. Follow doctors’ recommendations for continued care and keep careful records of where and when you were treated.
You will also want to notify the police if they weren’t involved already. Notify your own insurance company as well, letting them know that a motorcycle crash occurred. It’s not a good idea to reach out to the other driver’s insurance company, however, without talking with a lawyer first. Insurance companies often try to trick you into admitting fault. They may use your own words against you or highlight inconsistencies in your story as “proof” that you are not telling the truth.
Working with an attorney can help protect your interests. Your attorney can deal with the insurance company and collect the evidence necessary to build your case including gathering medical records, interviewing witnesses and revisiting the scene of the accident. With an attorney on your side, you are more likely to collect the compensation you need and deserve after a motorcycle wreck.
Call a Lawyer for Help
After a Motorcycle Accident
Thinking about getting an attorney on your side? Consultations are free, confidential and at no obligation. To talk with a lawyer about your motorcycle accident, send us an email or call 504-613-0621. We serve clients in New Orleans and Houma and throughout Louisiana.
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