Motorcycle Accidents

Bikers are familiar with the freedom and exhilaration of riding a motorcycle down the open highway or on a scenic backroad. But bikers also know that with that freedom comes danger, and with that joy comes vulnerability. Motorcyclists are exposed and unprotected, and the drivers who are supposed to share the road with them often fail to do so. When a biker crashes or lays down his or her ride, the injuries can be particularly severe. When a biker tries to obtain compensation from the negligent drivers who caused those injuries, they can also face unique obstacles based on unfair and outdated stereotypes.

At the Parker Layrisson Law Firm, we respect bikers. We know bikers, and we understand the challenges they face while on the road and when trying to recover from serious accidents. Mounting medical bills and lost earnings are just the beginning. While you struggle with pain, physical limitations, and ongoing medical treatment and rehabilitation, you also may struggle with insurance companies trying to nickel-and-dime you into accepting a lowball settlement.

You don’t need that. You need the help of a motorcycle accident attorney who appreciates what you are going through and who will fight tirelessly to get you the compensation that can help you get back on your feet and back on your bike.

Bikers Are Unique. So Are the Dangers They Face.

According to a Louisiana State University report, 1,385 people were injured or killed in motorcycle accidents in the state in 2017. Most of these folks were wearing safety gear and helmets as required under Louisiana law. While helmets can significantly reduce the chances of traumatic brain injury in a crash, they are hardly a guarantee of survival. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that 80 of the 94 bikers killed in Louisiana accidents in 2016 were wearing helmets.

Every time you get on a motorcycle, you take a much bigger risk than those who get behind the wheel of a car. According to federal statistics, per mile traveled in 2015, bikers were 8 times more likely to die in an accident than car or truck drivers were. Motorcycle accidents took the lives of 5,000 Americans that year.

The reasons behind such high injury and fatality rates are not a mystery. Unlike vehicle drivers, bikers are exposed and unprotected, lacking the reinforced steel of the vehicle, safety belts, or airbags that shield car occupants. When bikers crash into another vehicle or object or lose control of their bikes, they are prone to being violently thrown, further increasing the likelihood of a severe injury.

Motorcycle accidents happen for many of the same reasons as car crashes – drunk, drowsy, or distracted driving, speeding, or recklessness. But bikers face additional threats. The smaller stature of motorcycles makes them harder for other drivers to see. Motorcycles can move and maneuver in ways that cars and trucks may not anticipate. Lane-splitting, increased vulnerability to hazardous road conditions, and cars making left-hand turns also present distinct dangers for bikers.

We Don’t Let Bikers Down. Call Us Today.

Even though bikers are a more diverse group than ever and are some of the most responsible folks on the road, they can still face prejudice by police or jurors who may consciously or otherwise think that an accident must have been their fault. I don’t stand for that. At my firm, bikers get the respect, forceful advocacy, and compensation they deserve.

Our proven three-step plan is designed to quickly get you back on your bike and back to your life:

  1. Talk to Parker
  2. See a Doctor
  3. Settle Your Motorcycle Accident Case

You don’t have to worry about paying upfront legal costs or attorney’s fees. In fact, you won’t get a bill from us unless and until we win money for you! Call the Parker Layrisson Law Firm now at 985-467-9525.