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5 Common Causes of Louisiana Motorcycle Accidents

Part of what makes riding a motorcycle so invigorating is the openness — you are not enclosed in a structure and can feel the wind on your skin as the scenery of the road rushes past you. Unfortunately, this openness is also what makes motorcycling so dangerous. Since you are not enclosed when you ride a motorcycle as you are in a car, it is much more likely that you could be injured or killed in an accident. 

Awareness of potential dangerous situations can help you avoid an accident. In today’s blog post, we’re looking at 5 of the most common causes of motorcycle crashes in Louisiana.  

  1. Unsafe road conditions

Hazardous road conditions are particularly dangerous for motorcyclists. Potholes, ruts, and damaged pavement can cause you to lose control of the motorcycle. Changing your route to avoid damaged roadways can be helpful, but if you must travel over hazardous surfaces, adjust your speed and be careful.

  1. Lane changes

Sometimes drivers fail to signal when they change lanes. Sometimes they do not check their blind spot. This can cause a collision with a motorcyclist. 

  1. Car doors

When most people think of car door accidents, they think of bicyclists, but these accidents can affect motorcyclists as well. If someone in a parked car opens their door into the path of an oncoming motorcycle, it can result in a terrible accident.  

  1. Lane splitting

Lane splitting, also called whitelining or stripe-riding, is the practice of riding a motorcycle down the middle of two lanes of slowed or stopped traffic. This is illegal in Louisiana. A motorcycle is required to wait along with the cars.

  1. Drunk driving

Whether it is the motorcyclist who has been drinking or the driver of another vehicle, the influence of drugs and alcohol is extremely likely to cause accidents. If you cause an accident while under the influence, you can face civil and criminal liability. You should drive while drunk under absolutely no circumstances, not even if you’re only going a short distance. 

If you have been hurt in a motorcycle accident, regardless of the cause, you should contact a personal injury lawyer to discuss your options. At the Bagneris Law Firm, we fight for our clients’ futures. We have extensive experience representing motorcyclists who have been injured. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation, we encourage you to contact us today.

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