What Statistics Say About Motorcycle Accidents in Louisiana

by Dudley DeBosier | March 16th, 2020

Motorcycles offer a lot—fuel efficiency, convenient parking, unforgettable experiences on the open road. Unfortunately, these freedoms come with risks.

Motorcycle safety advocates are quick to note that, per mile traveled, the number of crash-related deaths on motorcycles is almost 27 times greater than it is for passengers in cars. That statistic should grab everyone’s attention, whether they ride a motorcycle or not.

All motorists share the road with motorcyclists, so it’s important that we all know how motorcycle accidents happen. We’ve put together a helpful infographic to highlight the top causes of motorcycle accidents in Louisiana and across the U.S.

Motorcycle Crashes in Louisiana

Looking at data from Louisiana State University, we can learn how common motorcycle crashes are in the state.

2019 Statistics

  • There were 1,568 motorcycle crashes in Louisiana.

This is the lowest number of motorcycle crashes in Louisiana in recent years. Although the lower rate is good news, the fact that so many motorcycle crashes happen every year tells us that we can do more to protect motorcyclists.

  • In those crashes, 84.9% of motorcycle riders wore helmets.

Helmets reduce the risk of death by 37% and the risk of head injury by 69%. Protective helmets save lives every year.

  • 81 people died in motorcycle crashes in Louisiana in 2019.

That’s an increase from the number of fatal crashes in 2018. Alcohol was involved in one-third of these fatal crashes. As a motorcyclist, it’s important to remember that riding while impaired is just as and potentially even more dangerous than driving while impaired.

What Can We Learn from These Stats?

First, the number of deaths compared to the number of crashes indicates that motorcycle helmet laws are saving lives. Second, although we can be optimistic about the safety of motorcyclists on Louisiana roads, motorcyclists are still at risk of dying due to preventable accidents every time they ride, whether on their own part or due to careless motorists. 

As you see in the above infographic, non-motorcyclists often fail to give bikers the space they need. Louisiana can do better. We believe that raising awareness about the importance of safely sharing roads with motorcyclists will help. But we’re realistic, too. We know that holding careless drivers responsible for their actions is essential to making our roads motorcycle friendly.

Let Dudley DeBosier Hear Your Story

If you or a loved one was injured in a motorcycle crash in Louisiana, know that you should always consider your options and what your injuries are worth before accepting a check from the insurance company. Sadly, insurance companies aren’t known for offering a fair deal without a fight, especially when it comes to motorcyclists.

Hopefully, you’ve learned something from our guide. If you’d like to learn more about your legal options, give the Louisiana motorcycle accident attorneys at Dudley DeBosier a call to schedule a free case review.

What to Expect: Motorcycle Accident Claims

by Dudley DeBosier | July 24th, 2019

If you were recently involved in a motorcycle accident, you may be severely injured and unable to work. It’s important to get an experienced Louisiana motorcycle accident lawyer on your side during this time to protect your rights to compensation. However, you may be hesitant to get a lawyer, especially if you’ve never needed one in the past.

At Dudley DeBosier, we take the stress of accidents off our clients’ shoulders. You’re going through enough already with your injuries and time away from work. The last thing you want to deal with are phone calls and letters from the insurance company while trying to prove you weren’t at fault for your injury. When you hire us, you’ll be able to focus on your recovery, because we’ll handle every aspect of your claim on your behalf.

It’s Our Goal to Get You Maximum Compensation

When filing a claim, many motorcycle accident victims discover that insurance companies are biased against them. It’s already difficult for injury victims to get compensation for accidents that weren’t their fault, but it’s even more of an uphill battle when insurance companies have made up their mind about claims before they even get the facts. In order to get the compensation you need to cover all your injury-related expenses, we recommend hiring an experienced attorney to fight for you rather than filing a claim on your own.

Our legal team believes that motorcycle accident victims deserve the same rights as other injured victims. That’s why we work hard to build claims that insurance companies can’t ignore.

Here’s how we do it: we start by collecting crash scene evidence, interviewing witnesses, and scouring police reports to prove the other party was at fault. Next, we analyze medical records to calculate your damages. We then begin negotiations with the insurance company and review settlement offers with you.

Don’t Hesitate to Get Experienced Legal Representation

After a motorcycle accident that wasn’t your fault, you need a law firm that will stand up for your rights. Your injuries may require expensive medical treatments, and you may be unable to go back to work for weeks, months, or even years.

We’re here to make the legal process as easy as possible for you. When you get in touch with our attorneys, we’ll start working on your behalf while you focus on getting better and spending time with your family. We always go the extra mile to build a claim that maximizes your chances of getting the compensation you deserve. That’s the Dudley DeBosier Difference.

Contact us today for a free consultation and to find out how we can go to work for you and your loved ones.

3 Ways to Share the Road Safely With Motorcycles

by Dudley DeBosier | May 29th, 2019

Because motorcycles lack the safety features and external protection of passenger vehicles, motorcyclists are some of the most vulnerable people on the road. Protective gear such as helmets, riding pants, boots, and gloves can help reduce the risk of injury during a motorcycle accident, but even the most durable gear can’t prevent another driver’s negligence.

That’s why it’s important for everyone on the road to be aware of motorcycles when they’re driving. In early 2019, the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission reported an increase in motorcycle accident fatalities. Motorcycles are much smaller when compared to cars, trucks, and SUVs, but they deserve the same respect as vehicles.

As the weather gets warmer and the days get longer, we’re likely to see more motorcycles on Louisiana’s roadways. Here are three ways drivers can share the road safely with motorcycles:

  1. Don’t follow too closely. Give motorcyclists—and yourself—enough room to stop in the event of an emergency.
  2. Always check your blind spots before changing lanes or turning at intersections.
  3. Always use your traffic signals when merging into traffic or changing lanes.

These tips not only reduce the risk for motorcyclists—they also help prevent crashes with other vehicles.

Louisiana Motorcycle Accident Attorneys

At Dudley DeBosier, we know how devastating motorcycle crashes can be. Victims often face life-threatening injuries and expensive medical bills, and it’s our goal to help them get the compensation they deserve. If you or a loved one was harmed in a motorcycle crash, contact our Louisiana motorcycle accident lawyers today for a free case review.