Traffic wrecks take only seconds to happen, but many can result in lifelong consequences. That is especially true when it comes to motorcycle crashes, which often leave operators and passengers with serious injuries – or worse. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately 92,000 motorcyclists were injured in 2014 (the most recent date for which data is available) and 4,586 motorcyclists were killed. Per vehicle mile traveled in 2014, motorcyclists were 27 times more likely to die in motor vehicle traffic crashes than people in cars, accounting for 14 percent of all traffic fatalities.
By design, motorcycles offer less protection than vehicles with enclosed passenger compartments. If you’ve been hurt or lost a loved one in a motorcycle wreck, you need a highly qualified and experienced attorney on your side to protect your rights. The LA motorcycle accident lawyer Chris J. Roy Jr., founder of the Chris J. Roy, Jr. Law Firm, is ready to help those people whose lives have been affected by motorcycle crashes. He knows how to handle the details and create an effective case to secure maximum compensation. By choosing the Chris J. Roy, Jr. Law Firm, you will benefit from nearly three decades of experience and skilled representation. If you have suffered a serious injury or lost someone you love in a motorcycle accident in Alexandria, Pineville, Rapides Parish, Grant Parish, or anywhere in Central Louisiana, contact motorcycle accident attorney Chris J. Roy, Jr. by calling 1-318-487-9537 or filling out a case evaluation form.
Being cageless – and without airbags or seatbelts — means that motorcyclists who are involved in wrecks are likely to suffer traumatic injuries. It is common for riders to be thrown to the ground or into traffic. Typical injuries include:
- Head injuries
- Broken bones
- Skin issues such as road rash and burns
- Internal bleeding and bruising
- Spinal cord and neck injuries.
Wearing a helmet is a hot-button topic that many motorcyclists feel should be a personal choice. The NHTSA estimates that helmets lower motorcycle rider fatalities by 22 to 37 percent and cut brain injuries by 44 to 65 percent. Helmet laws vary from state to state. Louisiana requires them to be worn by all operators and passengers. A motorcycle rider who was hurt in a crash and was not wearing a helmet should seek legal advice to avoid being manipulated by insurance companies that claim the injuries were the rider’s fault or would have been less severe if the rider had been wearing a helmet.
Even the best protected, most careful motorcyclist cannot control the behavior of other drivers, and many wrecks happen simply because drivers are unaware of the motorcycle. While it’s true that motorcycles may be less visible than cars due to having thinner profiles, vehicle drivers have a duty to share the road and should be held accountable for accidents they cause. This includes paying compensation for:
- Medical expenses – from treatment of initial injuries to future symptoms that result from the aftermath of the accident.
- Lost wages – income lost while out of work recovering and pursuing medical treatment as well as any decrease in future earning capacity.
- Pain and suffering – physical and emotional pain caused by the accident.
- Emotional distress – psychological effects, such as the need for counseling, inability to sleep, fear of riding again, and other mental and emotional issues that may arise.
- Wrongful death – if the rider was killed by a negligent driver, his or her family can file for compensation.
Motorcycle accidents happen for various reasons, including bad weather, debris on the road, blind corners, potholes, and loose gravel. Motorbikes are often hit from behind because they are able to stop more quickly than other motor vehicles. Their less visible profiles can result in their being hit when other vehicles make left-hand turns in front of them or side-swipe them when changing lanes. Crashes also may be caused by defective equipment, mechanical failure, and distracted drivers.
Although the legal and financial consequences of a motorcycle wreck are not the most urgent concerns, you will be glad you addressed them in the long-term. Central Louisiana motorcycle accident attorney Chris J. Roy, Jr. seeks to ease the financial, mental, and physical burden that the litigation process can add by consistently communicating with you, as well as handling the complicated details so you can focus on healing. While the Chris J. Roy, Jr. Law Firm is large enough to supply the necessary resources to handle any type of personal injury, it is also small enough to provide the individual attention that your case deserves. Chris will carefully examine all possible avenues for compensation to make sure you get the best recovery possible. A trusted advocate, Chris has handled numerous motorcycle-related crash claims and takes pride in helping accident victims in Alexandria and throughout Louisiana. For help with your legal claim, contact the firm today for a free initial consultation by calling 1-318-487-9537 or by filling out a case evaluation form.