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December 30, 2020

Top 8 Most Common Causes Behind Motorcycle Accidents in Louisiana

by Evan Breaux | Auto Accidents | 0 comments

For some, owning and riding a motorcycle is a way of life — not just simply a form of transportation. However, this way of life can occasionally have serious consequences. Being involved in a motorcycle accident in Louisiana may be dangerous, if not deadly. If you do ride a motorcycle and are involved in an accident in New Orleans, contact Breaux Law Firm for a free consultation to see what we can do for you.

Here is a list of the top 8 most common causes of motorcycle accidents in Louisiana:

  1. Left turns are the leading cause of motorcycle accidents. The reason why it is so difficult for drivers to see a motorcycle when making a left turn has to do with all of the different things requiring the left-turning motorist’s attention before and while making a left turn. Louisiana law states that a motorist should exercise extreme caution when making left turns, as left turns are more dangerous than other types of turns in Louisiana.
  2. Unsafe lane changes are risky behaviors that cause major accidents and injuries.  Drivers of cars, busses or commercial cargo tracks may not notice a motorcycle if they don’t check their blind spot before switching lanes.
  3. Inexperienced driving is a common cause of motorcycle accidents in New Orleans and throughout Louisiana. Whether it is you on your motorcycle, or a newly licensed automobile driver, taking the time to educate yourself completely before entering the road is wise.
  4. Drunk or drugged driving is dangerous and illegal for any driver, but it can be even more so if on a motorcycle. Since you have little protection surrounding you, getting hit by a drunk driver or operating your motorcycle while intoxicated can be extremely deadly.
  5. Sudden stops are dangerous because they require those behind you to pay attention. While we hope motorists on the road are always paying attention, getting rear-ended in New Orleans can throw you off your bike and land you in ways that can cause serious injuries.
  6. Car doors are important to keep an eye out for, as not every driver is looking before they open their door. While a person opening a car door into traffic will likely be at fault for a resultant accident, every motorcycle driver in New Orleans should drive defensively.
  7. Motorcycle defects can cause unforeseen issues. Make sure you check your bike before you ride, and stay informed regarding any recalls that may affect you.
  8. Tired driving – Hitting the road while fatigued can be just as dangerous as driving while intoxicated, and easily result in motorcyclists suffering severe harm.
  9. Defective parts – In some cases, the liable party may not be another driver at all, but rather the manufacturer of a defective part (such as brakes or tires) that bears responsibility for your injury.
  10. Road hazards – Potholes and inclement weather are always concerns, but other crashes on the road can be dangerous for motorcyclists, such as if an improperly loaded long-haul truck has overturned and spilled cargo on the road.
  11. Inclement weather and dangerous road conditions can increase the likelihood of having an accident occur, so make sure to drive defensively when the weather is bad which, as all of us Louisianans know, is often.

The experienced attorneys at Breaux Law Firm are available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week to answer any questions you may have about being a passenger in a car accident in New Orleans or elsewhere in Louisiana. Call us now for a free consultation at (504) 882-0545.