Motorcycles are a fun and exciting mode of transportation in Louisiana but a ride on a motorcycle can turn dangerous when other drivers make negligent and dangerous mistakes. When driver error and aggressiveness lead to collisions with motorcycles it is often the rider of the motorcycle who suffers the most serious injuries. After such an accident a victim may wonder what rights they have for being made whole.
Pursuing litigation against another party can require filing a lawsuit against them. To do so a victim may have to prove that the party they are suing – the defendant – caused their injuries. In many cases, personal injury claims like those based on motorcycle accidents involve allegations of defendants’ negligence.
Negligence happens when a person fails to act in manner that would otherwise be considered reasonable. For example, a person who drives their car through a stop sign and collides with another motor vehicle may be negligent because a reasonable person would not fail to stop at a posted sign.
Driving-based negligence can take on many forms. Speeding and failing to follow road signs and signals are two examples, as are drunk driving and failing to check blind spots and to use turn signals. It is not uncommon for motorcycles to be hit by other cars driven be drivers who fail to observe their surroundings before making driving maneuvers.
Another negligence-based cause of motorcycle accidents is distracted driving. Distracted drivers may choose to prioritize texting, eating, talking, or grooming over paying attention to what is happening on the road. Motorcycle accidents can happen when distracted drivers engage in negligent behaviors.
In the wake of a motorcycle accident a victim may be in pain, unable to work, and struggling to make ends meet. They may have rights to litigate their accident claims and to allege negligence against the party that caused their harm. The assistance of a knowledgeable personal injury attorney can be a valuable resource for a victim who wants to get back on their feet.