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March 16th, 2020
Motorcycles offer a lot—fuel efficiency, convenient parking,
unforgettable experiences on the open road. Unfortunately, these freedoms come
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.
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.
Helmets reduce the risk of death by 37% and the risk of head injury by 69%. Protective helmets save lives every year.
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
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
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
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.
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