A young New Orleans police officer died while off duty and riding his personal motorcycle. He just moved because his girlfriend was transferred to the area for work.
Although summer is winding down, at least for the next couple of weeks, New Orleans, Louisiana, residents need to be aware that what can rightly be called distracted driving is still in full swing and will be until around Labor Day.
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.
Previous posts on this blog have talked about the dangers distracted drivers present to the people of New Orleans and the surrounding Louisiana communities. Inattentive and distracted drivers are a particular hazard to motorcyclists. Given their small size, motorcycles are naturally harder to see than a full-sized passenger vehicle. What this means is that drivers have to be particularly on the lookout for motorcycles both while traveling along and at intersections or when they are trying to make a turn.
March is National Brian Injury Awareness Month and is therefore a good time to remember those in and around New Orleans, Louisiana, who are suffering from the effects of a serious or even so-called "mild" brain injury.
A previous post on this blog discussed how our law office represents motorcyclists who are victims of accidents that leave them with soft tissue injuries.
Any motorcycle accident is a serious affair. Because of the size difference between motorcycles and cars. It is a rare day when a New Orleans motorcyclist can just get up and walk away from his or her injuries.
Victims of motorcycle accidents and their families have important legal options. A police officer recently died after a motorcycle accident in southeast Louisiana. The fatal motorcycle accident occurred when another vehicle turned in front of the police officer's motorcycle. The police officer, who was not on duty at the time of the accident, was unable to avoid the car crossing in front of him and collided with it.
Louisianan distracted driving is a serious concern on our roadways. It is important that victims of distracted driving accidents understand the protections available to them, if they have been injured in a distracted driving accident. Too many victims of distracted drivers, including motorcycle riders, suffer serious injuries and other types of harm because of the carelessness of a distracted driver.
Motorcycle accidents can have a devastating impact on victims and their families. A recent New Orleans area fatal motorcycle accident claimed the life of a motorcycle rider. The fatal motorcycle accident involved two vehicles and motorcycle. According to authorities, an improper lane change was to blame for the fatal motorcycle accident. The motorcycle accident occurred when an SUV improperly changed lanes from the right lane to the right center lane, striking and killing the victim.