Have you been injured in a New Orleans motorcycle accident? Did a careless driver turn left in front of you or rear-end your motorcycle? Are you unsure what steps you need to take to protect your right to sue a driver for causing a motorcycle accident? Our NoLA motorcycle accident attorneys can help.
The Number of Motorcycle Accidents in Louisiana Rose in 2015.
According to the NHTSA, 4,586 motorcyclists died in motorcycle crashes during 2014. Eighty-three of those deaths occurred in Louisiana. We saw a slight increase in motorcycle accidents in Louisiana from 2014 (1,934 accidents) to 2015 (2,033 accidents).
Motorcyclists face unique challenges that other drivers do not face as they travel our roads. Motorists do not pay enough attention to motorcyclists forcing riders to constantly be on guard for drivers failing to yield the right-of-way. Riders must also keep a close eye on vehicles approaching from the rear in case a driver is not paying attention. A motorcyclist must be ready to take evasive action if necessary to avoid being rear-ended by a distracted driver. After taking every precaution possible, some motorcyclists will not be able to avoid a collision with another vehicle.
Steps to Take After a NoLA Motorcycle Accident
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident caused by another driver, you probably have many questions. Our New Orleans motorcycle accident lawyers understand this is a frustrating and emotional time for you. As you continue to heal and recover from your motorcycle crash, take the following steps to protect your right to hold the other driver liable for your expenses and losses.
- Continue with your medical treatments. It is important for your health and well-being that you continue your medical treatments and follow all of your doctor’s instructions. Motorcycle accidents cause horrific injuries due to the lack of protection for the rider. Traumatic brain injuries (TBI), internal bleeding, broken bones, amputation, paralysis, and severe lacerations are common injuries in motorcycle crashes.
- Seek medical attention if you have not seen a doctor. In most cases, a motorcyclist is transported to the hospital from the accident scene due to his or her injuries. However, if you were not transported to the ER, go see your family physician as soon as possible. You could have an injury that you are unaware of but could become much worse if left untreated. Furthermore, you need to document your injuries for a personal injury claim.
- Keep copies of all documents related to the motorcycle accident. Keep copies of all medical bills, invoices, receipts, and other documents related to the accident. This also includes proof of any income lost due to injuries sustained in the collision.
- Document your recovery. Begin a written or video journal documenting your recovery. Photograph your injuries and maintain a detailed account of how your injuries impact your daily life. Include notes related to your pain level, emotional state, and things you are unable to do because of your injuries.
- Avoid discussing your accident and injuries with anyone, including the insurance company. Anything you say could be taken out of context; therefore, avoid discussing the details of the motorcycle crash with anyone. Never provide a statement, written or recorded, or sign any documents for the insurance company for the other driver until you consult with an attorney.
- Contact our office for a free legal consultation. As soon as possible, contact our office to schedule an appointment with a NoLA motorcycle accident lawyer. You need an attorney to guide you through the process of filing a motorcycle accident claim to receive compensation for your injuries.
Do You Need a Motorcycle Accident Attorney?
Yes, you should hire a motorcycle accident attorney as soon as possible. Call The Olinde at (504) 587-1440 or 1-800-587-1889 to schedule a free legal consultation.