Louisiana residents received some bad news last month when preliminary numbers regarding how many motorcyclists died in accidents in this state last year. Specifically, the number of deaths rose slightly, from 92 to 95, going from 2016 to 2017. This was an increase of 3.3 percent.
This statistic runs contrary to the national trend; across the country, the number of motorcyclists killed in accidents decreased by 5.5 percent, from 5,286 to 4,990. Of course, it remains to be seen whether this decrease was a one-time fluke or the start of a fortunate trend.
However one looks at this, the reality is that motorcyclists in New Orleans and the surrounding area are still at a great risk. When compared with those who drive passenger cars, the rate at which motorcyclists die in accidents mile per mile is about 30 times higher.
Looking at the same problem from another angle, as of 2016, just under 15 percent of all victim of fatal motor vehicle accidents were motorcyclists. In the mid-1990s, this number was just under 6 percent.
While it is true that some of these accidents are the motorcyclist's own fault, many of these accidents are actually the responsibility of another driver. For instance, as this blog has mentioned before, oftentimes an inattentive driver causes a serious motorcycle accident when the driver simply fails to see a motorcyclist.
Even if not intentional, these sorts of accidents can leave a motorcyclist dead or, at the very least, seriously injured. Under these circumstances, victims can obtain compensation from the negligent motorist responsible for the accident through a personal injury action.