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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.

Police are investigating this possible scenario in a recent motorcycle accident in Thibodaux. A 43-year-old man and a 46-year-old woman, both of Houma, were riding on their Harley Davidson bike when, according to police, the 21-year-old driver of an SUV turned left into the path of the oncoming motorcycle. The resulting collision threw the man and the woman from the bike, and the man died at the scene. The woman was taken to a hospital to be treated for severe injuries.

The driver of the SUV came away uninjured. He reportedly passed a breath test, and police were doing toxicology tests to determine whether the man driving the motorcycle was impaired.

Generally, when investigating an auto accident, police note the time of day (in this case, about 10:30 p.m.) along with other factors such as road conditions, vehicle speeds and any objects that might have hindered visibility. Witness statements also factor significantly into accident reports.

Sometimes, however, police reports don’t accurately reflect what caused the collision. Accident victims or their family members are left in need of answers, as well as compensation for medical bills, lost income and other costs resulting from the crash. It is important, then, to be aware of your legal options in the aftermath of a motorcycle accident.

Source:, “State Police: Houma man dies after motorcycle crash,” July 25, 2014

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