The vast majority of motorcyclists are careful riders who properly share the road with cars and trucks. However, despite the best efforts of motorcyclists, sometimes they suffer serious injuries because of other motorists' actions.
Police were investigating exactly what may have caused a recent motorcycle accident that took the life of a 43-year-old Houma man. He and a passenger were riding in Thibodaux when the bike collided with a pickup truck. Both riders were thrown from the bike. The man was declared deceased at the scene, and the woman who was with him was taken to a hospital in Thibodaux. She suffered serious injuries.
According to police, the motorcycle was eastbound, and the truck was westbound. Investigators say the 21-year-old man driving the truck turned left in front of the motorcycle. Police did not believe that alcohol or drug impairment was a factor in the collision, though charges are reportedly pending.
A split second of distracted driving can have devastating consequences. While the outcome of this particular investigation remains to be seen, many motorcycle accidents are caused by car and truck drivers who fail to notice when a motorcycle is in the area. Drivers often tell police that they never saw the bike until after the collision. Nonetheless, drivers owe a duty of care to motorcyclists.
Personal injury and wrongful death claims are meant to hold drivers accountable for injuries caused by negligence. A wrongful death lawsuit can never bring back a lost loved one, but such legal action can lead to compensation for lost wages, medical bills, final expenses and other damages caused by a negligent driver's actions.
Source: Fox 8, "Houma man, 43, killed in motorcycle crash," Brian Wiechert, July 25, 2014