Motorcycle Accident Attorney New Iberia

Motorcycle Accidents

It happens fast. A car turns directly into your path and you are lying in the middle of the road, your bike is in pieces and all you can think about is how lucky you are to be alive and how much it hurts.  Motorcycle accidents occur at the same rate as car accidents. Motorcycles do not crash more frequently, but riders are 5x more likely to be injured and 26x more likely to die in a collision than their car driving counterparts.

Motorcycle riders are more vulnerable than other motorists. Motorcycle accidents cause more severe injuries and deaths than other automotive accidents. In 2014, across the U.S., there were 92,000 motorcyclists injured in crashes, helmets saved approximately 1,630 riders, but there were 4,295 fatalities. Of those deaths, 80 were in Louisiana.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says, “more than 80% of all reported motorcycle crashes result in injury or death.”

There were 27 motorcycle crashes in Iberia Parish in 2016. Of those 27, there were 15 fatalities. With basically no protection from impacts, it’s easy to see how dangerous motorcycle accidents are. A helmet is the only protection for a rider.

If you were involved in a motorcycle accident, you probably have serious injuries. Hospitalization, surgery, ongoing doctor’s visits, and therapy will ruin a family’s budget. Insurance companies hardly ever completely cover the costs of an accident. Enlisting the help of a personal injury attorney will ensure that you and your family are taken care of.

Indeed, a study by The Insurance Resource Council found that people who used a lawyer in their cases received 3.5 times more money in their settlements than people who settled with insurance companies on their own.

When you need a motorcycle accident attorney, contact the New Iberia team at The Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess. We have over 20 years of experience with motorcycle accidents. In or out of court, we have recovered $millions for our clients. Contact our offices today. There may be time limits on your case.

Motorcycle Accident Causes

The majority of motorcycle collisions happen with passenger vehicles. It is a common misconception that accidents are caused by riders driving aggressively. More frequently, it is the driver of the car or truck that doesn’t see the motorcycle. Road conditions, weather, inexperience, alcohol impairment and speeding are the major causes for most motorcycle accidents. Any time a rider takes a motorcycle on the road they are in danger.

The most dangerous situation for a motorcycle rider is cars making left-hand turns. 42% of all accidents between a motorcycle and car happen during left-hand turns. The driver of the car does not see the motorcycle for lots of reasons, sometimes because they are not paying attention, sometimes because motorcycles are simply smaller and more difficult to see. Often, turning drivers watching oncoming traffic perceive the absence of cars, but not the presence of the motorcycle.

Other Common Causes:
  • Unsafe lane changes
  • Failure to clear an intersection before crossing or turning
  • Negligent or distracted drivers
  • Unsafe merging
  • Tire blowouts
  • Poorly lit roads
  • Speeding
  • Debris in the roadway
  • Defective safety equipment

If you are injured in a motorcycle accident, you need to speak to a qualified attorney as soon as possible. The New Iberia attorneys with the Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess will work with you to recover your financial losses from medical costs, pain and suffering, loss of earnings and property damage. We work on a no win, no fee basis. There is no cost to you unless we collect damages on your behalf. Contact us now to schedule a free consultation.

IF YOU OR A LOVED ONE IS IN NEED OF LEGAL ASSISTANCE, CONTACT US NOW.

Contact a New Iberia motorcycle accident attorney today for a FREE review of your injury case. We typically work on a contingent agreement basis, which means our fees are contingent upon the outcome of your case.

 

Don’t Delay! You may have a valid claim! Let us help you get your compensation before the statute of limitations expires!

Motorcycle Accidents Need a Qualified Motorcycle Accident Attorney

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Helmet Use

The use of helmets while riding a motorcycle is extremely important. It is the only protection a rider has against impacts. Studies show that helmets are 37% effective in preventing motorcycle deaths. They are also 67% effective in preventing brain injuries.

 

Even small, seemingly harmless accidents can seriously injure or kill a rider. Broken bones, severed limbs, and paralysis are all very common injuries that result from motorcycle accidents. But, serious head injury is the most common among motorcyclists. Indeed, concussion, and traumatic brain injury (TBI) are often the consequence of a motorcycle crash.

 

In 2015 motorcycle helmets saved 1,772 lives, according to NHTSA. Helmets are estimated to be 37 percent effective in preventing fatal injuries for motorcycle riders and 41 percent effective for passengers.

 

Louisiana riders are required by law to wear a helmet.

 

The hard outer shell of a helmet distributes the force of an impact. It protects the skull and prevents objects from piercing it. The crushable inner liner absorbs some of the energy of an impact that would have impacted the head and brain. 

 

A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) study in 2014,  found that 10 times more unhelmeted motorcyclists died (1,565) in states that did not have universal helmet laws than in states that had universal helmet laws.

New Iberia Motorcycle Accident Attorney

Collecting damages from the party at-fault for your accident can be complex. Because of their severity, motorcycle accidents can be extremely expensive. In fact, The Government Accounting Office (GAO) estimated that in 2010 motorcycle crashes totaled $16 billion in direct costs. These include:

  • medical costs
  • emergency services
  • rehabilitation
  • lost wages
  • property damage
  • insurance costs, including claims
  • market productivity loss
  • loss in household productivity
  • cost of defense attorneys

Insurance companies will fight to pay the minimum compensation. Our staff and lawyers have the experience needed to skillfully manage these types of claims. It is our job to speak on your behalf and see that your interests are protected.

 

Call our New Iberia accident attorneys today to schedule a FREE personal injury consultation. You never pay out of pocket. We work on a contingency basis, so we don’t get paid until you do. Don’t Dely, Call Clay!

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