For a motorcyclist, there are many dangers on Louisiana roads. Many drivers of conventional vehicles are troublingly unaware of motorcycles, do not yield to them as they should, fail to share the road with them, and perform other negligent or reckless acts that place riders in jeopardy. When there are motorcycle accidents, the rider can suffer significant and catastrophic injuries. It is not uncommon for these crashes to be fatal for the motorcyclist. After a crash, it is crucial to understand the value of having legal assistance to consider a lawsuit to be compensated.
A head-on crash between a motorcycle and a car killed the two people on the motorcycle. The accident occurred at around 2 a.m. The driver of the 2017 Nissan Versa was a 14-year-old. The riders were a 42-year-old man and a 45-year-old woman. They rode a 2001 Harley-Davidson. According to the law enforcement investigation, the rider was heading east and the Versa was heading west when the child went into the eastbound lane. The vehicle and the motorcycle collided. The car continued until it hit a utility pole. The riders were declared dead at the site of the crash. The teen driver was moderately injured and taken to the hospital. Impairment is not believed to have been an issue.
Motorcyclists are notoriously vulnerable when they are on the road. Because they are so lacking in protection – even if they are wearing adequate clothing, boots and a helmet – they can suffer broken bones, cuts, lost limbs, spinal cord injuries, head injuries and a combination of injuries that can lead to death. Despite that, drivers of conventional vehicles are responsible to keep a close watch and share the road with motorcyclists. If there a motorcycle accident, the medical bills, lost wages and other problems that the rider has can be extensive and make it necessary to file a lawsuit to recover compensation.
It is egregious is when an inexperienced driver gets behind the wheel and commits a dangerous act. This is magnified if the driver is underage, does something inexplicable like going into the opposite lane of a roadway, and causes a fatal crash. The circumstances of this case in which a 14-year-old was driving and had a head-on crash with a motorcycle and killed the riders is still being reviewed. As the case moves forward, the families of those who died should discuss a case with a lawyer who has experienced in helping those who have been impacted by a motorcycle accident.
Source: WDSU, “14-year-old driving car hits, kills two people on motorcycle in Louisiana, officials say,” March 26, 2018