Every year, motorcyclists in Louisiana and throughout the country coordinate their efforts to raise awareness about motorcycle safety. There is particular emphasis on making drivers of cars and trucks aware of their responsibility to watch out for motorcyclists and share the road. A single moment of distraction while behind the wheel can have catastrophic consequences in a collision between a car and a bike.
Police are currently investigating a two-vehicle accident in Zachary that took the life of a 54-year-old Baker man. According to the Louisiana State Police, the man was riding his bike southbound on a highway as a car approached from the opposite direction. For reasons still under investigation, the driver of the car, a 27-year-old woman, turned left into the motorcyclist's path.
The man on the bike collided with the passenger side of the car and was seriously injured. He was taken to a hospital in Baton Rouge, where sadly he died. He was reportedly wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.
Neither the car driver nor her 2-year-old passenger, who was properly restrained at the time, suffered injuries. Police did not suspect impairment as a factor.
Even when motorcyclists take all of the necessary precautions and remain alert on the road, there is still the risk of a devastating accident. Such crashes, all of which are preventable, change people's lives forever. In addition to the physical and emotional costs of motorcycle accidents, crash-related financial burdens can be overwhelming for injured parties or their grieving families.
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Source: KATC.com, "Motorcyclist Killed on LA Hwy 19 in Zachary," Sept. 22, 2014