Motorcycle Accident Attorney in Covington, LA
Owning and riding a motorcycle is a way of life for many people. Freedom, excitement, escape, and simply getting where you need to go with less gas and more ease of maneuverability make motorcycling a character-defining mode of transportation. Motorcyclists are likely to agree that riding a motorcycle is the best way to get around, but it’s perilous. Car and truck drivers often fail to see motorcycles before it’s too late, and motorcyclists are likely to sustain serious injuries in the event of an accident. If you have been hurt in a motorcycle accident in St. Tammany Parish, the Trainor Law Firm is here to help you assert your right to compensation.
Common Motorcycle Accident Causes
Over the years, numerous public service announcements have warned motorists to watch out for motorcyclists with whom they share the road. However, many drivers fail to “look twice for motorcycles” or even once. According to the Hurt Report, a comprehensive motorcycle safety study, some common causes of motorcycle accidents include:
- Motorists violating the motorcycle right-of-way
- The failure of motorists to detect and recognize motorcycles in traffic
- Motorists making left turns in front of motorcycles traveling straight
- Driver inexperience
- Distracted driving and lack of attention
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Roadway defects, such as pavement ridges and potholes
Significantly, the Hurt Report found that in two-thirds of accidents involving a motorcycle and another vehicle, the driver of the other vehicle violated the motorcyclist’s right-of-way, and the failure of motorists to detect and recognize motorcycles on the road is the predominant cause of motorcycle accidents. In other words, the driver of the other vehicle involved in the collision with the motorcycle did not see the motorcycle before the collision, or did not see the motorcycle until it was too late to avoid the collision.
Notwithstanding the Hurt Report’s findings, insurance companies are often quick to place the blame for motorcycle accidents on motorcyclists. At the Trainor Law Firm, we know stereotypes portraying motorcycle riders as irresponsible risk takers simply are not true. Accidents occur frequently with motorcycles because other drivers in cars and trucks do not signal properly or look before changing lanes or going through intersections. With the right legal representation, you can make sure your side of the story is heard and properly acknowledged, and you receive fair compensation for your injuries.
Contact an Experienced Louisiana Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident can have serious, lifelong consequences, and any compensation you receive should cover the full extent and duration of your medical and financial needs. Obtaining appropriate compensation, however, can be difficult without the right personal injury lawyer. If you or a loved one has been hurt in a motorcycle accident, please contact the Trainor Law Firm for a free initial consultation. We are confident in our ability to obtain winning results in your case.