A previous post on this bog talked about how motorcyclists who travel on Louisiana’s roads are more likely to be involved in a serious or even fatal accident than are people who drive in other vehicles. Family members can easily lose a loved one in a serious motorcycle accident.
Likewise, motorcyclists can wind up suffering burns, brain injuries and spinal cord injuries in collisions that would have been relatively minor had they involved two full-sized vehicles.
These accidents are often preventable. Frequently, an inattentive driver will carelessly violate a motorcyclist’s right-of-way, causing a collision. Even a near-miss can prove dangerous for a motorcyclist, as the motorcycle may spin out of control or even fall over in a sudden swerve or stop.
After an accident, it is important for a motorcyclist, or his family, to have a legal professional help with accident reconstruction and, for that matter, with putting a value on all the victim’s losses.
Unfortunately, there is often prejudice against motorcyclists, such that even police officers may unwittingly go into an accident with the assumption that the motorcyclist is at fault. A careful accident reconstruction, conducted with the help of an experienced attorney, may be an important step.
Likewise, an attorney may prove to be a valuable ally to a motorcyclist or her family even when there is no dispute that the other driver is responsible for the accident. Insurance companies may undervalue a victim’s claim either unintentionally or even for improper reasons, such as a concern for the bottom line. An attorney can help ensure that an injured motorcyclist gets her lost wages, medical expenses and pain and suffering adequately compensated.