The attorneys at Spurgeon Law Firm are experienced motorcycle riders who have been riding numerous types of motorcycles for years. With the weather starting to warm up, we along with many more riders, will be hitting the road to enjoy our motorcycles. We also know that riding motorcycles during the summer can be very dangerous. Every year there are several wrecks involving motorcycles on the Alexandria “circle.” The “circle” is a very dangerous location for motorcyclists due to inattentive motorists and the shear amount of traffic merging on and off the “circle.” In addition, the steep circular grade causes motorcyclists to be limited in the available maneuvers if placed in a compromising situation. This area is prone to cars pulling out in front of a motorcyclist or switching lanes and hitting a motorcyclist.
The latest vehicle mile travel data show motorcyclists are about 27 times as likely as passenger car occupants to die in motor vehicle traffic crashes and 6 times as likely to be injured. According to Louisiana State University Highway Safety Research Group, Louisiana had 96 fatalities due to crashes involving motorcycles in 2017. Of those fatalities, 40.6% involved alcohol. Overall, in 2017, Louisiana had 1392 people injured or killed due to crashes involving motorcycles. These motorcycle accidents generally involved people between the ages 20 to 29.
Because motorcyclists do not have the afforded protection that a car provides, the accidents usually result in severe injuries. Common injuries include: road rash, bone fractures, head injuries, and spinal injuries. These serious injuries can result in numerous surgeries and long recovery times. Let our motorcycle accident attorneys at Spurgeon Law Firm help you. Our team will work diligently to seek maximum compensation for your injuries. Contact Spurgeon Law Firm today for a free consultation if you or a loved one has been in a motorcycle accident.
Sources: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Louisiana State University Highway Safety Research Group La. R.S. 32:191.1