Motorcycling is a popular activity among Louisiana residents, whether they ride for enjoyment, transportation, or both. Although motorcyclists have the same rights to the road as other motorists, they are often treated with less respect.
This is unfortunate because motorcyclists are much more vulnerable to serious injuries than drivers of enclosed vehicles. They are also more vulnerable to negligent maintenance of the roads. Even potholes can be dangerous to riders. You or a loved one may have been injured as a result of the negligence or reckless behavior of another driver or municipal authority. If so, you may be able to file a personal injury suit and claim compensation.
At the Law Office of John W. Redmann, LLC, we understand the substantial risks and the immense rewards that motorcycle riders experience by pursuing their passions. Our New Orleans motorcycle accident lawyers understand how the law applies in unique ways to each Louisiana motorcycle accident.
We hold that motorcyclists have rights, and we defend those rights on the road and in the courtroom. If you or someone close to you has been injured in a motorcycle accident, our personal injury attorneys can answer all of your questions.
Just like in a car accident case, getting compensation after a motorcycle injury may depend on many different factors. There are some things that you should remember while you’re waiting for your free consultation.
First, do not claim fault at any time before you have spoken to a lawyer. Other drivers at the scene, law enforcement, and even your insurance company may pressure you to admit fault. None of these parties are working for you, and they may not have your best interests in mind. Make sure you don’t sign any statements about the accident until it has been reviewed by your lawyer.
Secondly, make sure that you secure medical care as soon as possible. Any injuries that you have suffered must be fully documented by a medical professional. You should request important tests (such as X-rays) if your doctor doesn’t automatically order them. If you wait too long to have your injuries evaluated, you may be accused of suffering those injuries at a later point after the accident.
Finally, be sure to request legal help as soon as possible if you choose to work with a lawyer. New Orleans has one of the strictest time limits on filing any personal injury claim in the nation. You have only a single year to prepare and file a claim. That time can pass quickly, especially if you are undergoing medical care for your injuries. Your lawyer will help you stay on top of these important deadlines, so you don’t lose your chance at justice.
Often after a motorcyclist is injured in a collision, the driver of the automobile or semi-truck involved will say, “I didn’t see him.” While it is true that motorcycles are smaller than cars or trucks, this explanation is often just a poor excuse for driver distraction or inattention. You shouldn’t suffer just because a driver did not show enough care when changing lanes or moving around blind spots.
Sadly, law enforcement agencies often ignore evidence of driver negligence because they assume the motorcyclist must be at fault with a smaller and more agile vehicle. As a result, any motorcyclist injured in an accident faces an uphill battle in the pursuit of legal justice and monetary compensation against the liable party.
Poor road conditions — including poorly maintained pavements, unmarked turns or hazards, and blind intersections — may contribute to motorcycle accidents. Unfortunately, transportation authorities and local governments are often reluctant to admit when their oversights directly contribute to a motorcycle crash and the injury accidents or fatalities that result.
Motorcycle accident victims may have trouble making claims against other drivers. However, sometimes their own insurance company is the obstacle to the care that they need. You may need the help of a New Orleans Personal Injury lawyer to get paid for medical expenses that are already covered under your current policy. A lawyer can help you review your insurance information and determine if your policy is not being honored.
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident, our New Orleans injury attorneys can help you cut through the excuses and get to the truth so that you can recover damages for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, temporary or permanent disability, and other losses.
The losses that bikers experience after an accident can easily be catastrophic. It is typical for bikers to face:
Your injury claims can easily reach hundreds of thousands of dollars. Managing your debt for the rest of your life may depend on making a successful accident claim right now. If you need long-term or permanent medical assistance resulting from a head injury, spinal cord injury, or other serious condition caused by an accident, we can help.
Further, if your spouse, your child, or another family member died from motorcycle accident injuries, our law firm can help you recover damages in a wrongful death lawsuit.
With the assistance of an accident reconstructionist, medical experts, and vocational counselors, our motorcycle accident attorneys can identify the causes of your accident and the negligent parties that contributed to it. We can use that information to aggressively pursue compensation for you, in court, or in negotiations. You can rely on our respected lawyers to discuss the details of your case with you and explain your options.
The Law Office of John W. Redmann, L.L.C., is dedicated to improving the lives of injured clients. You should not attempt to pursue these cases without legal advice because making the wrong statement (or waiting too long to file a claim) can make you ineligible for claiming compensation.
For a free case review and consultation with a New Orleans motorcycle accident lawyer who has extensive courtroom experience, contact us online or by calling our phone number at (504) 500-5000.
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