Five Safety Tips for Riding a Motorcycle in Louisiana

When you’re riding a motorcycle, it seems like the whole world stretches out in front of you. However, that feeling changes quickly after you’ve been involved in a crash. A personal injuries lawyer can help you seek compensation so you can get yourself up and running again.

Statutes of limitations vary by state. In Louisiana, you have one year from the date of the accident to file a personal injury lawsuit. Don’t hesitate to search for a “personal injury lawyer near me,” and be sure to contact us at Herrin Kervin, personal injury attorneys in St. Tammany Parish, LA.

In the meantime, below, we provide information on some relevant laws and safety tips to help you avoid a motorcycle accident.

Understanding Louisiana Motorcycle Laws and Motorcycle Safety

Whether you’re a new or veteran biker, you can always give your motorcycle knowledge a tune-up with a motorcycle safety course near you. These courses cater to riders of all experience levels and provide details on applicable laws and safety precautions.

Safety Tips for Both New and Seasoned Motorcycle Riders

Whether you’re just starting your biker journey or you’ve been on the road for a while, we want you to stay safe. Here are a few tips before you get your motor running:

  • Get good gear. Louisiana law requires you to wear a helmet while riding. A leather jacket and sturdy boots also increase protection and decrease injuries in an accident.
  • Keep your distance. Allow for a minimum count of two seconds between your motorcycle and the vehicle in front of you. What might be a minor accident if you were driving a car may turn catastrophic if you’re riding a motorcycle.
  • Watch the weather. Even the most experienced bikers may struggle on wet roads. If the forecast calls for rain, you may want to delay your ride. If you’re on the road when a storm hits, look for a safe place to wait it out.
  • Keep your eyes on the road. Your cell phone is a hazard when you’re behind the wheel of a car. The risk increases when you’re on a motorcycle. Tuck your phone away so that you won’t get distracted by a call or text.
  • Take care at the crossroads. When you come to an intersection, exercise extreme caution. All the dangers present when you’re behind the wheel of a car — such as another driver running a stop sign or turning without notice — intensify when you’re riding a motorcycle.

What Does Louisiana Law Say About Wearing a Helmet While Riding a Motorcycle?

You may feel the exhilarating freedom that comes from riding a motorcycle without a helmet, but is the chance of a traumatic brain injury worth a few moments of wind in your hair?

The language sounds dramatic, but helmet use while riding will lower your chance of head injury by almost 70% and cut your chance of death by more than 40%.

Plus, it’s the law. Louisiana requires motorcycle riders and passengers to wear helmets featuring a visor, padding, lining, and a chin strap. The Department of Transportation uses a DOT symbol to endorse helmets that meet its approval.

Louisiana Rules of the Road for Motorcycles

With 64 parishes and various adventures, Louisiana makes a fantastic place to ride — as long as you follow the state’s motorcycle laws.

Whether you’re a newcomer or an experienced biker, reminding yourself of these regulations can keep you from spending money on traffic fines and help you prevent serious injury.

Rev up. Make sure you’re ready to ride by completing your written and road test. Get your license and motorcycle insurance up-to-date. Finally, give your motorcycle a thorough once-over to be sure it’s functioning correctly.
Don’t DUI. Avoid alcohol and drugs before you hit the road. Stay sober so you can stay safe.

Built for two? You can only give a passenger a lift if your motorcycle is designed for two people. Any motorcycle passenger needs to be a minimum of five years old. Regardless of age, your passenger needs to wear a helmet and stay seated appropriately.

Pay attention. When you operate a motorcycle, you need to pay extra attention to other vehicles and drivers. You and your bike are harder to see, so you need to be hyper-aware of your surroundings to protect yourself.

Use both hands. When you’re on your bike, both hands need to be on the handlebars. Refrain from holding a phone or any other object that prevents a two-handed grip.

Avoid lane splitting. When you need to pass another vehicle, don’t do so in the same lane or drive in the center of two traffic lanes. It’s dangerous—and against the law.

Move over. Like drivers of cars or trucks, motorcyclists must obey Louisiana’s Move Over rule and give emergency vehicles the right of way.

Most Common Louisiana Motorcycle Injuries

In a motorcycle accident, you face a greater risk of serious injury than you would in a car accident. As personal injury lawyers with motorcycle accident experience, we often see cases involving:

  • Bone fractures
  • Burns
  • Cuts
  • Organ damage or internal bleeding
  • Spinal cord damage
  • Head/brain injury
  • Death

Did You Get Injured in a Louisiana Motorcycle Accident? Contact Herrin Kervin Personal Injury Attorneys

First, make sure you’re safe. Next, consult with a medical professional for treatment. Contact a personal injuries lawyer at our Herrin Kervin Law Firm in Covington, Louisiana, when you feel up to it.

For our lawyers, personal injury law is the center of our work. We have extensive experience with cases involving brain and spinal injuries. We try cases when most other personal injury firms don’t.

You won’t ever pay our legal fees unless we win a settlement for you since we operate on a contingency fee basis, which means you will never pay attorney fees unless you receive compensation for your injuries. Ever! Please know, there are time limits for how long after an accident you can file a claim. Do not wait to get help.

If you cannot travel to our office because of the severity of your injuries, we will travel to your home or schedule a Zoom video meeting to review your motorcycle accident case at no charge. Contact Herrin Kervin Injury Attorneys at 985-807-1792, to schedule your consultation at no cost to you.

Copyright© 2021. Herrin Kervin Injury Attorneys. All Rights Reserved.

The information in this blog post (“post”) is provided for general informational purposes only and may not reflect the current law in your jurisdiction. No information contained in this post should be construed as legal advice from the individual author or the law firm, nor is it intended to be a substitute for legal counsel on any subject matter. No reader of this post should act or refrain from acting based on any information included in or accessible through this post without seeking the appropriate legal or other professional advice on the particular facts and circumstances at issue from a lawyer licensed in the recipient’s state, country or other appropriate licensing jurisdiction.

Gordon T. Herrin
Herrin Kervin Injury Attorneys Injury Attorneys
1978 N Hwy 190, Suite A
Covington, LA 70433

Posted in