Driving a motor vehicle requires a person's undivided attention. Moreover, a driver needs to have their mental and physical faculties fully functioning to drive safely. Drugs and alcohol, on the other hand, impair a person's mental and physical abilities, which is why impaired driving is so dangerous. The same can be true if a person is under the influence of prescription drugs when they get behind the wheel.
Recently, a man who was involved in a motorcycle accident filed a lawsuit in which he alleged that a driver's prescription medication led to the accident. In his legal filing, the man claims that he was riding his motorcycle on Highway 3017 in the New Orleans area when a car struck him. He also alleges that doctors had to amputate his left leg as a result of the serious injuries that he suffered in the accident.
The man's lawsuit states that the woman who was driving the other vehicle had been admitted to Ochsner Medical Center earlier the same day. The lawsuit claims that hospital staff gave the woman medication, but then allowed her to leave the hospital before the effects of the medication had worn off. Accordingly, the man named the hospital, one of its doctors, and the respective parties' insurance companies as co-defendants in the lawsuit. The man is asking for an unspecified amount of damages from the defendants.
Regardless of how the motorcyclist's lawsuits turns out, the case is a reminder of how vulnerable riders are compared to people in other larger vehicles. While people in cars and trucks can rely on seat belts, air bags and other safety features, motorcyclists don't have much more than a helmet and pads to protect them.
When injuries are suffered in a motorcycle accident, significant damages can be suffered. Therefore, motorcyclists in New Orleans who suffer permanent disability and other harm due to another party's negligence should research their legal options.
Source: Louisiana Record, "Man alleges accident was caused by prescription medications given to driver," Carrie Bradon, Nov. 22, 2016