Every year, law enforcement agencies in Louisiana -- and throughout the country -- launch safety campaigns warning motorists to be aware of the presence of motorcyclists. In addition, there are constant reminders about the dangers of driving while impaired. Sadly, these messages are not heeded by many motorists, and motorcyclists often pay the price by suffering serious injuries, or worse, caused by negligent drivers.
Louisiana State Police troopers recently responded to the scene of a serious crash involving four motorcyclists and two passenger vehicles. According to the preliminary report, a 63-year-old woman was headed west along Highway 84 around 1 a.m. For reasons that are yet unclear, her vehicle veered from its travel lane and collided with two motorcycles traveling in the eastbound lanes. That initial collision caused two trailing motorcyclists to wreck as well.
The impacts dislodged all of the riders from their machines. One biker, who was thrown completely clear, was struck by a vehicle that was following the motorcycles. That victim, a 22-year-old man, was killed at the scene. The driver of the first car was transported to a local hospital with moderate injuries. Five others also suffered injuries in this horrific crash and were transported for medical care.
Louisiana officials are awaiting the results of toxicology testing and have stated that they believe impairment was a factor in this crash. Anytime motorcyclists are involved in a crash with another vehicle, they run a much higher risk of suffering serious injuries. Those who are injured -- or lose loved ones -- in an accident that is attributed to another party's negligent actions usually sustain significant financial damages as well. It may be possible to pursue recovery of financial losses by means of a personal injury or wrongful death civil lawsuit.