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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.

The statistics about accidents that involve motorcycles support the assertion that they can be risky to drive. For example, two-thirds of motorcycle accidents that involve another vehicle occurred because the other vehicle moved into the motorcycle rider’s right of way. Individuals who operate a motorcycle are 26 times more likely to die in an accident than individuals who ride in passenger cars. Motorcycle riders are also 5 times more likely to be injured.

The design of a motorcycle or any manufacturing defects can be factors in the occurrence of an accident. If it is determined that a design defect contributed to an accident, a jury could find that the manufacturer designed the motorcycle in a way that the occurrence of an injury was foreseeable. The presence of manufacturing defects indicates that the vehicle was not assembled as it was supposed to be, and it resulted in the motorcycle being unsafe in some way.

An individual who is injured in a motorcycle accident should consult a personal injury attorney. The attorney may investigate to determine the liable parties and may file suits to obtain financial compensation for catastrophic injuries that may require long-term medical care and rehabilitation.

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