A negligent driver can change a motorcyclist’s life in an instant. For anyone riding a motorcycle in Louisiana, motorcycle unawareness is a constant concern. Because motorcycle riders are so vulnerable, when a collision occurs there is a significant chance the rider will suffer injuries or even death. Motorcycle accidents do not discriminate and can happen to any rider.
Recently a Baton Rouge law enforcement officer on a motorcycle was injured when his bike was hit by a car. According to police the accident happened at approximately 4 p.m. as the officer was overseeing traffic for a local event. He was heading west and had his lights and sirens working when a vehicle turned left into the eastbound lane and crashed into him. The officer was taken to the hospital with injuries that were classified as moderate to severe. They are not thought to be life-threatening.
Regardless of who is involved in a motorcycle accident, there are numerous issues that must be considered after it has happened. The injuries could be significant enough that the motorcyclist is not able to return to work right away, if at all. There could be major medical expenses, the need for rehabilitation and perhaps long-term care. If the person has died, the family will need to figure out how they are going to move on with their lives. Insurers might make an attempt to settle the case, but the amount they offer is often lacking when the total costs of the accident are calculated.
When a person is involved in a motor vehicle accident while on the job, they have the right to collect workers’ compensation benefits. If the accident was caused by a negligent party other than the employer, they also have the right to bring a third-party lawsuit against that party. An experienced Lake Charles motorcycle accident lawyer can help the accident victim recover the compensation they deserve.
Source: wbrz.com, “BRPD motorcycle officer injured after crash on Government,” Kevin Dupuy, May 22, 2016