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Failure to yield to motorcyclist leads to fatal Louisiana crash

On Behalf of | Jun 21, 2018 | Motorcycle Accidents |

One of the foundational aspects of people remaining safe when on the Louisiana roadways is adhering to the law and exercising caution. One law that is crucial for keeping motorists safe is yielding when they have the right of way. This is especially true for drivers who encounter motorcyclists. Because motorcyclists are deprived of the protection afforded to those in conventional vehicles, they can suffer serious injuries and death in a crash. When this happens, they and their family members should consider the necessity of filing a lawsuit for compensation.

According to recent reports, a 20-year-old man riding a motorcycle died when a truck turned into his path. The accident happened in the afternoon at around 3:30 p.m. According to the investigation, the truck was heading east when it tried to turn. The motorcyclist was heading west as the truck turned into its path, causing a crash. The motorcyclist was thrown from his bike. Reports indicate that the motorcyclist was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. Unfortunately, his injuries were severe. He was taken to the hospital where he later died. The trucker was given a citation for turning left at the intersection. Impairment is not believed to be a factor into the accident.

Those who ride motorcycles will give many reasons why they enjoy it, but the reality is that there are substantial dangers with the practice. Even when there is a focus on safety and wearing protective equipment, there can be serious injuries and death after a motorcycle accident. Statistically, there is an exponentially greater chance of dying when riding a motorcycle when compared with a conventional vehicle. Injuries can result in major medical costs, lost limbs, cuts, spinal cord damage, brain trauma and more. A fatality will leave a family wondering why they lost their loved one in such an unnecessary manner and how they can move forward.

Following a fatal motorcycle accident, surviving loves ones may want to take the time to understand the steps necessary to file a wrongful death action. Such an action not only helps hold a negligent party accountable but also helps with the recovery of compensation for resulting losses and damages.