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Nonfatal motorcycle crashes hurt legs and feet most often

Motorcyclists in Louisiana share the road with larger vehicles. Although safety gear somewhat mitigates their physical exposure to accidents, crashes often result in injured riders. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention attributed 30 percent of these injuries to the legs and feet after studying the medical cases of 1,222,000 people involved in nonfatal motorcycle wrecks. Head and neck injuries accounted for the second most common type of injuries.

What to know about motorcycle accidents

Louisiana residents may be aware of the dangers of riding a motorcycle. According to a report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report, there were 4,976 deaths caused by motorcycle crashes in 2015. This was an 8.3 percent increase from 2014. Although motorcycle fatalities were up in 2015 compared to 2014, there was a 4.3 percent decrease in the number of motorcycle injuries with a total of 88,000 in 2015.

Motorcycle accident law

Louisiana motorcyclists are at risk for hazards that other types of motorists do not encounter. There is no protective barrier between a motorcyclist's body and the road, and other drivers can have difficulties spotting a motorcycle in their mirrors. It is important that motorcycle riders are aware of their legal rights if they are in a traffic accident.

Safety tips for motorcycle riders

Both beginning and experienced motorcyclists in Louisiana can take steps to protect themselves from injury by understanding the truth behind a number of popular myths. For example, a noisy motorcycle does not let drivers up ahead know that it is approaching. Most of the noise is lost behind the motorcycle. Furthermore, motorcyclists must not assume that they are visible to motorists around them. Riding close to the centerline and wearing reflective clothing can help promote visibility.

Avoiding serious motorcycle accidents

Riding a motorcycle in Louisiana is considerably more dangerous than driving a car. The rider has considerably less protection, and many drivers of cars are not accustomed to watching out for motorcycles. This can lead to many serious accidents between cars and motorcyclists. By being aware of some of the most common types of motorcycle accidents, a rider can be better prepared to avoid them.

Louisiana motorcycle accident kills 2

The Louisiana State Police have reported that an accident involving a sedan and a motorcycle in Rapides Parish claimed the lives of two people on March 15. The deceased individuals were the motorcycle's rider and passenger. Responding troopers cited the driver of the car for making an improper turn, and they said that they were awaiting the results of toxicology tests to determine if alcohol consumption or drug use contributed to the accident.

What are the rights of the victim of a motorcycle accident?

One of the attractions that comes with riding a motorcycle is the feeling of freedom that bike riders experience. At the same time, what provides this feeling of freedom is also the reason why bike riders are at a higher risk of suffering severe injuries or even dying in an accident than other vehicle operators -- things like the lack of substantial protection and the decreased visibility due to the size of a bike. Louisiana motorcyclists have important legal rights when involved in a motorcycle accident.

Police: SUV turned left in front of bike in fatal Thibodaux crash

It happens all too often on Louisiana roads: the driver of a car or a truck doesn't see an approaching motorcyclist and turns left in front of the bike. A collision occurs, and the injuries to the motorcyclist are severe and sometimes fatal.