Bossier Parish Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
People in Bossier Parish, and throughout Louisiana, love their motorcycles. The climate here makes it great for motorcycles all year round and for enthusiasts, it is not only a mode of transport, but it is also a hobby. Unfortunately, these rides do not always go well and when that is the case, motorcyclists sustain very serious injuries. If you or someone you love has been injured, our Bossier Parish motorcycle accident lawyers are here to help with your claim.
Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the most common injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident are as follows:
- Leg and foot injuries (30 percent)
- Head and neck injuries (22 percent)
- Upper trunk/chest injuries (20 percent)
- Arm and hand injuries (18 percent)
- Lower trunk/abdominal injuries (8 percent)
Motorcycle accident injuries are different from injuries sustained in car accidents, as well. Bikers often have to recover from road rash, degloving, and other injuries not sustained in other types of accidents.
How are Motorcycle Accidents Different from Car Accidents?
It is not only the injuries sustained during a motorcycle accident that are different from car accidents. There are other differences as well, and they are as follows:
- Bias: Motorcyclists still have to deal with biases from the insurance companies and juries. Bikers are often seen as dangerous and reckless individuals, even though that is not the case. Still, a motorcyclist will have to overcome biases in a way car accident victims never do.
- Chance of fatality: Tragically, motorcyclists are fourteen times more likely to be killed in a crash than in accidents that involve passengers in larger vehicles.
- Long term care is often required: Due to the severity of injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash, bikers often need long-term care, including financial support, after an accident.
Comparative Fault in Motorcycle Accidents
In any accident, the liable party will often try to shift blame to the accident victim. In a motorcycle accident, this is even more likely to happen. This is partly due to the fact that there is such a large bias against bikers so, it is often a successful argument, even when it is not true.
Under Louisiana’s comparative fault laws, you can still claim compensation if you were partly at fault for the accident but the amount you receive is reduced by the same percentage. For example, if you are in a motorcycle accident but were not wearing your helmet, you may be found 20 percent at fault for not trying to mitigate your injuries. Any compensation you are awarded will then be reduced by 20 percent to account for your percentage of fault.
A Bossier Parish motorcycle accident lawyer will refute these claims so you recover the full amount of damages you deserve.
Call Our Louisiana Motorcycle Accident Lawyers for a Free Consultation
If you or someone you love has been hurt in a crash, our Bossier Parish motorcycle accident lawyers are here to help. At Rice & Kendig, our experienced attorneys know how to overcome the challenges motorcycle claims present, and how to overcome them. Call us today at 318-222-2772 or fill out our online form to schedule a free consultation.