In the past, people rode motorcycles as symbols of freedom. But as motorcycle ridership has continued to increase, it’s clear more and more Louisianans are riding motorcycles to save money as well.
This increase in ridership has also resulted in more motorcycle accidents. The state has one of the highest accident rates in the nation. Can anything be done to curb the fatality rate? What should riders involved in crashes do to avoid legal problems? As an attorney who sees far too many accident victims, these are questions we try to answer in this blog:
One of the Highest Motorcycle Accident Rates in the Nation
Louisiana state had 1,951 motorcycle crashes in 2015- 80 of them fatal. This is about even with 2014, when there were 1,934 accidents and 83 deaths. 2013 was the most dangerous recent year, with 2,024 accidents and 86 fatalities.
State police blame the high accident numbers on poor automobile driver training as well as lack of motorcycle awareness. When accidents occur, it is common to hear the refrain, “I never saw them.”
It is time to put an end to this high number of motorcycle accidents and deaths. There is no reason that someone should wind up seriously injured or dead because they chose to ride a motorcycle in Louisiana.
Helmet Law Attempts to Make Motorcycle Riding Safer
State laws have tried to curb the casualty rate. Since 2004, motorcyclists have had to wear a helmet, with the goal of protecting riders from fatal head injuries in the case of an accident. But this only helps reduce fatal accidents; what is being done to prevent motorcycle accidents in the first place?
State Police Trying Hard to Educate Motorcycle Riders in Accident Prevention
Louisiana State Police are leading the charge to prevent motorcycle accidents through an ongoing road safety program. Known as the Louisiana Motorcycle Safety, Awareness and Operator Training Program, this initiative has helped over 200,000 motorcycle riders gain knowledge of how to protect themselves and others on the roads. Students learn how to maneuver a vehicle in all types of situations and weather conditions and they receive advice on the proper clothes to wear to avoid getting hurt. Class sizes are relatively small (about a dozen students) which means no one should feel intimidated about attending.
Students can expect to spend a total of almost 16 hours in class and on the driving range in the Basic Course. The Intermediate Course is eight hours. Last, Advanced students receive five hours of motorcycle education.
How a Motorcycle Lawyer Can Help
Louisiana residents involved in motorcycle accidents should contact a lawyer as soon as possible. Injured parties might be able to receive a court-ordered damage award to help cover such things as medical bills and lost wages. Contact Tramontana Law, a Louisiana personal injury firm, for more information on how a motorcycle attorney can help accident victims.
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