Motorcycles offer riders the ease to get from place to place without the burden of a clunky vehicle. Motorcyclists get to experience the feel of the wind in their hair and the sun on their back. Unfortunately, motorcyclists are not protected from the impact of a serious accident, and even a small accident could have dire results for the rider.
Motorcycle Accident Statistics
Louisiana law requires motorcyclists to wear helmets while operating a motorcycle. However, nearly 90% of all motorcyclists injured in accidents were wearing helmets. The number of motorcycle driver fatalities from motorcycle accidents has increased from 72 in 2012 to 88 in 2016. While this number seems low, it is representative of a larger issue facing the motorcycle community that regardless of the protection and efforts they might take to protect themselves and occupants.
Additionally, the number of fatalities in motorcycle accidents compared to the total fatalities across all accidents in Louisiana, has risen to 9 percent as of 2016. This means that 9 percent of all fatal accidents across Louisiana involve motorcyclists.
Louisiana has tried to make efforts to curb the number of injured motorcyclists throughout the state. However, it takes more than the efforts of law enforcement and public policy to fully ensure that drivers are aware of motorcyclists on the roads. Many drivers switch lanes without carefully checking their blind spots, whereas other drivers speed up behind a motorcyclist only to put on their brakes too late. Changing the mindset of drivers will take some time, but in the interim, motorcyclists do have a course of action after accidents.
Louisiana is a comparative negligence state, which means that motorcyclists and victims of an accident have the ability to bring a claim for damages against the negligent party. However, the total claim might be reduced by any liability by the victim. This means that if the facts indicate that the motorcyclist was 10 percent at fault for the accident, a total damage claim of $50,000 will be reduced by $5,000.
Recoverable Damages in Motorcycle Cases
Victims of a motorcycle accident often require extensive medical care and rehabilitation efforts. A typical claim for damages will include both actual and special damages, such as:
- Medical expenses
- Rehabilitation expenses
- Lost wages
- Future earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
The economic damages are often simple to project out, whereas the general/special damages will often require computation by attorneys who are skilled in this area. Your future will often be hindered by the accident, and it is important to make your claim indicative of all the pain you have gone through as a result of the accident.
Getting Help for Your Motorcycle Accident
The attorneys of Jones & Hill have years of experience in handling personal injury claims after a devastating motorcycle accident. Motorcycle accidents will often lead to lengthy recovery times, and all claims should take into account the resulting medical expenses and loss of income. If you or a loved one have been injured in a motorcycle accident, do not hesitate to contact our Oakdale or Oberlin offices.