Protecting the Rights of Injured Motorcyclists Around New Orleans
When a motorcycle crashes, neither a steel frame, seat belt, nor airbag protects the rider from impacts with other vehicles and the road, making the motorcyclist extremely vulnerable to serious injuries. To make matters worse, motorcyclists are often viewed as reckless and thrill-seeking individuals and improperly blamed for crashes, even when someone else is at fault.
The reality is that no matter how safe you are on your motorcycle, other negligent drivers on the road can cause accidents and serious, catastrophic injuries. If you’ve been injured, you deserve legal representation from an attorney who you can trust to fight for your rights with insurance companies and in court if necessary. Egenberg, APLC understands how difficult the aftermath of a motorcycle accident can be. If you were injured in a motorcycle accident, we are here to help. Please don’t hesitate to contact our office online or call us at 504-229-5700 to discuss your situation.
How Motorcycle Accidents Happen
Motorcycle crashes occur for many reasons. Some may be the fault of the motorcyclist, some may be another party’s fault, and some may be purely accidental and unavoidable. The following are only some examples of common causes of motorcycle crashes:
- A distracted driver does not notice a stopped motorcyclist until it is too late and crashes into the motorcycle.
- A driver does not adequately check blind spots or oncoming traffic before changing lanes or turning into a motorcycle.
- A road has potholes, debris, large cracks, or other hazards that cause a motorcycle to trip or skid.
- A motorcycle has defective brakes, tires, or other parts that malfunction.
- A drunk driver swerves or is not sufficiently focused on the road and hits a motorcyclist.
- A motorcyclist is forced to stop short, sending the rider flying forward off the bike.
These are only some examples of how motorcycle crashes happen. All crashes have one thing in common—serious potential for severe injuries and losses.
Determining the cause of your motorcycle accident is imperative to understanding your rights as an accident victim. Our attorneys can carefully examine what happened and use our resources to identify any negligence that caused your accident. If an accident was not your fault, you should not be responsible for the costs and losses stemming from the crash. Instead, the driver at fault should compensate you for all your injuries and losses. Call us today at 504-229-5700 or contact our office online to get started.
Injuries to Motorcyclists
As mentioned, motorcyclists have little to no protection when they are involved in a crash. Therefore, they are vulnerable to severe and often life-changing injuries, which often include:
Traumatic brain injuries – Louisiana law requires all motorcyclists to wear approved helmets. However, helmets do not provide 100 percent protection from head and brain injuries. Even when a motorcyclist is wearing a proper helmet, the impact of hitting their head can still damage the brain tissue and result in mild, moderate, or severe brain injuries. Most brain injuries require extensive treatment. Severe brain injuries can leave permanent physical and cognitive impairments.
Spinal cord injuries – Because motorcyclists are exposed, trauma to the spinal cord is common in a crash. When the spine gets injured, it can cut off communication between the brain and parts of the body below the point of injury. These injuries can result in temporary or permanent paralysis, as well as loss of organ function and loss of sensation. Most spinal cord injury victims require a lengthy period of hospitalization and physical therapy, and may have severe permanent disabilities.
Shattered or crushed limbs – Broken bones are common in any type of traffic accident, but motorcyclists are particularly at risk for having bones in a limb shattered or crushed. In some cases, these shattered or crushed bones may be surgically repaired with inserts and other hardware. However, in some cases, amputation of the limb is necessary.
Road rash – Motorcyclists often skid across the ground following a crash, which can result in serious friction burns referred to as “road rash.” Road rash can damage several layers of skin and requires extensive medical care to prevent infection, manage pain, and avoid scarring or disfigurement.
No matter what type of injuries you sustain in your motorcycle crash, you should immediately get the treatment you need from medical professionals. Focus on your health and getting the treatment you need first. However, you should discuss your rights and options with a skilled motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as practicable. If you have been in a motorcycle accident and have questions, please contact our office online or call us at 504-229-5700 today.
Your Rights as a Motorcycle Accident Victim
Your legal rights following a crash depend largely on the cause of the crash. If another party was negligent and their negligence led to the accident, you have the right to seek compensation from that party. Negligent parties can include other drivers, government agencies, and manufacturing companies. Identifying the negligence that caused the accident and the negligent party or parties is critical to your financial recovery.
In some situations, your case will begin with an insurance claim against the insurer of the liable party. These claims can be difficult and frustrating, with settlement offers often much less than the amount you would expect. Our lawyers carefully calculate your losses, review each offer, and negotiate settlements to compensate you in the amount you truly deserve. We will also advise you when it is necessary to file a lawsuit in civil court to recover for all of your losses. We are skilled litigators who can navigate your lawsuit to the most successful outcome possible and fight for your rights as an injured accident victim.
Consult With a New Orleans Motorcycle Accident Attorney Today
After a motorcycle accident, it is essential to choose the right attorney to handle your case. You need a lawyer who understands how the complex insurance game works, and who also has experience in New Orleans courts. The legal team at Egenberg, APLC understands how devastating a motorcycle accident can be. We fight for full compensation for all of our clients. If you have suffered injuries from a motorcycle accident, please contact our office online or call us at 504-229-5700 for a free case evaluation today.