Riding a motorcycle is an important part of life for many people in the New Orleans area. Whether for occasional recreation or daily transportation, motorcyclists can take to the roadways throughout the year given the favorable riding climate in New Orleans. Although these riders may be enthusiastic about motorcycling, this does not necessarily mean they don't appreciate the risks.
Relative to people in cars, SUVs and trucks, riders have very little protection when they are on a motorcycle. An accident that would be minor for people in one of these other motor vehicles could end up resulting in major injuries to people on a motorcycle. Thus, it is important for riders to take all of the safety precautions they can, both to avoid accidents and to minimize their potential injuries if they are involved in one.
Perhaps the most important safety precaution that a motorcyclist can take is to wear a helmet. Helmets can mean the difference between life and death if a rider is involved in an accident. Also, under Louisiana law, anyone who rides a motorcycle must wear a safety helmet. Moreover, the helmet must have padding, a visor, a chin-strap and other protective components.
Motorcyclists who wear a helmet and follow all other traffic laws give themselves the best shot at avoiding serious and deadly accidents. Even the most careful rider is, however, no match for a negligent driver in a bigger motor vehicle. In some situations, a driver in another vehicle may fail to see a motorcyclist on the road. When this happens, the rider may have almost no time to react and avoid a motorcycle accident.
Although a helmet can ultimately save a rider's life, it may not be enough to keep the motorcyclist from suffering serious injuries in a motorcycle accident. When such an accident results from the negligent actions of a driver in another vehicle, the injured rider can pursue legal recourse against the driver.