Those who enjoy riding their motorcycles look forward to the warmer weather months and the opportunity to hit the Louisiana roadways. However, there is the ever-present danger of being caught up in a serious accident -- especially left turn accidents. Recently, another rider was a victim of one of these deadly accidents.
Nothing can ever repair the harm done when a family loses a loved one to a fatal accident. However, when a victim is killed through no fault of his or her own, the surviving family members may choose to file a wrongful death suit against the individual believed to be responsible for their loss. One Louisiana family may do just that after losing a beloved member recently.
When identifying those things that car or truck drivers do that place a motorcyclist in danger, the left-hand turn is often cited by motorcycle operators as their biggest fear. Due to limited reaction time, left turn accidents where a driver turns into the path of an oncoming motorbike often lead to injury or death because the motorcycle operator cannot avoid colliding with the vehicle. A Louisiana resident lost his life this week when this scenario played out for real on the streets of Marrero.
The vulnerability of a motorcyclist traveling on Louisiana highways cannot be overstated. Safety training, defensive driving, and utilizing safety equipment can all help keep a motorcycle operator safe, but the fact remains that when motorcycle accidents occur, the results can be catastrophic. Such was the case recently in Denham Springs when a man lost his life after a collision with a car.
The warm temperatures and fascinating destinations make Louisiana an extremely appealing place for motorcycle riders. Many riders also choose a motorcycle for the economic benefits; a lower initial purchase price and low fuel consumption costs versus a car or truck make them attractive to many.
The recall of a vehicle due to a product defect is not uncommon in the United States, including in Louisiana, and motorcycles are among the types of vehicles often recalled to prevent injury to consumers. Unfortunately, sometimes a motorcyclist suffers serious injuries in a vehicle accident caused by the defect before the defect can be remedied. In such a situation, the motorcyclist retains the right to file a liability claim against the bike manufacturer, seeking damages.