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.
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.
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.