Motorcycle Accidents Lawyers
Motorcycle Accident Law Firm Gordon and Gordon in Shreveport, Bossier City and Mansfield Louisiana
Helping those who have been injured due to the fault of another in a motorcycle accident.
Motorcycles are a fun and exciting hobby; however, they also can be very dangerous if the right precautions are not taken, the road conditions are not favorable or due to the negligence of other motorists. If you’ve been involved in an accident, you’ll need professional motorcycle accident lawyers to help.
Why should good motorcyclists remain vigilant at all times?
- Motorcycles appear smaller in rear-view and side mirrors and are often overlooked by other drivers. Any veteran motorcyclist has experienced the “invisible man” problem with other drivers.
- Motorcycles lack safety features that are common on cars and trucks: seat-belts, air-bags, and surrounding walls.
- Motorcycles are so much smaller in both size and weight; as a result, an impact with larger vehicles can result in the motorcycle being pinned against another vehicle, thrown off of the road, or worse, into oncoming traffic.
Due to these reasons, the injuries that a motorcyclist may incur as a result of the negligent actions of other drivers can be incredibly severe.
What causes most motorcycle accidents?
- Driver distraction, fatigue, or intoxication
- Recklessness or deliberately-dangerous driving, including “road rage”
- Driver inexperience, including accidents caused by young drivers
- Mechanical or design failures in a vehicle or any of its parts
- Speeding or other traffic law violations
- Dangerous or badly-designed roadways
- Inclement weather resulting in wet or slippery roads or poor visibility
What steps should you take following a motorcycle accident?
1. Move to a safe area before you stop the vehicle if you can
If moving your motorcycle isn’t possible, flip on your hazards to warn other drivers that your vehicle isn’t going anywhere. Take a moment to catch your breath.
2. Check on others involved in the accident.
Check on all the other parties involved, including drivers, passengers, and pedestrians around to make sure that nobody is injured. Call 911 immediately if anyone may be injured at the scene. Even a seemingly minor symptom like dizziness or slight pain should be checked out by a healthcare professional to make sure there is no internal injury.
3. Call the police to the scene of the accident.
Even in minor accidents, a police accident report can prove invaluable when dealing with your motorcycle insurance company and other drivers. Cooperate fully with the officers, but avoid admitting fault or blaming others while at the scene. Let the police objectively judge events and determine who, if anyone, is at fault in the crash.
4. Gather information.
- Driver and passenger names
- License plate numbers
- Insurance information
- Makes and models of all vehicles involved
- Contact information of any witness to the accident
- The name and badge number of any responding police officers
5. File your insurance claim.
Call your insurance provider from the scene of the accident, or file it through your smartphone. If you aren’t sure who to call, check your insurance ID card for your insurer’s contact information.
Why should you hire a motorcycle accident lawyer?
While the services we provide to our clients are extensive, the types of claims we handle are highly focused on those resulting from Louisiana motorcycle accidents or other personal injuries. We believe that focusing our practice on Louisiana motor vehicle accident claims makes us much more effective. Through the years, we have established a high level of credibility handling personal injury claims throughout the Arklatex. This experience and industry saturation means that insurance adjusters take us seriously – knowing that when we make a claim, we’re prepared to prove fault in pursuit of the compensation our clients are entitled to.
These personal injury lawyers have helped clients receive compensation for motorcycle accident injuries including:
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Head Injuries
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Fractured Bones
- Extensive Cuts and Bruises (often labeled “Road Rash”)
- Wrongful Death