New Orleans Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Attorney John Williams fights for the rights of injured riders
New Orleans is the perfect backdrop for a scenic ride, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that there are many motorcycle enthusiasts who take to the open road here and throughout the Greater Louisiana area. While riding a motorcycle can be an invigorating experience, it does come with risks.
For example, a report by the Insurance Information Institute noted that motorcycle riders were 27 times more likely than the occupants of passenger vehicles to die in a crash per vehicle mile traveled. The reason? Unlike cars, trucks, and SUVs, motorcycles do little to protect riders because they aren’t enclosed and don’t come equipped with safety features, such as seatbelts and airbags.
Research by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has shown that motorcycle accidents result in injury or death about 80 percent of the time, compared to accidents involving regular passenger vehicles, which result in injury or death about 20 percent of the time. That means if you’re involved in a motorcycle wreck, you are four times more likely to get injured or die when compared to being in a car accident.
Motorcycle accident injuries are often serious and can have life-altering consequences. You may need surgery and require long-term care. You might not be able to work again or be able to do day-to-day things, such as household chores. At The Law Offices of John S. Williams, LLC, we don’t think you should have to shoulder the financial burden of a motorcycle crash that wasn’t your fault. Attorney John S. Williams is a motorcycle accident lawyer who fights for the rights of injured riders in New Orleans and helps them get the compensation they need and deserve. Let John guide you and aggressively advocate for your best interests. He will fight for what’s right, what’s fair and what’s just.
What is the most common cause of motorcycle accidents?
Negligence by other drivers is one of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents, with other motorists failing to yield the right of way resulting in the most crashes. This situation typically occurs when another vehicle is making a left turn and pulls out into the path of a motorcycle, causing a dangerous head-on collision or side impact crash. Other common causes of motorcycle accidents include:
- Texting and driving
- Distracted driving
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Reckless driving
- Inexperienced drivers
- Dooring (opening a vehicle’s door into the path of a motorcycle)
- Defective motorcycle parts
- Hazardous road conditions (potholes, loose gravel, uneven pavement, roadkill, debris)
What are the most common motorcycle accident injuries?
A head or brain injury, such as a concussion, is the most common injury riders sustain in motorcycle accidents, which is one reason why most states have helmet laws in place for motorcyclists. Other common injuries include:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Back injuries
- Neck injuries
- Broken bones
- Severed limbs
- Biker’s arm (nerve damage)
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Road rash
- Soft tissue injuries
If you’re riding a motorcycle and get into a crash with another vehicle, your body is going to absorb most of the force generated by the collision and suffer damage as a result. You may get ejected from your bike and suffer further injury when you hit the road or other objects. You might also get pinned underneath your motorcycle or tangled up in the wreckage.
The cost to treat your injuries can quickly become overwhelming if you try to pay for them out of pocket. Doctor bills, hospital visits, X-rays, MRIs, medication, surgery and treatment are expensive, which is why you should strongly consider talking to an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer if you’re not at fault and need help getting compensation.
Do you need a lawyer for a motorcycle accident?
If you were injured or a loved one died in a motorcycle accident caused by someone else, you may want to consult with a motorcycle accident lawyer to learn your rights and go over your legal options. An attorney can:
- Investigate your crash and find the facts to support your case
- Collect important pieces of evidence
- Track down eyewitnesses
- Accurately calculate the total cost of your damages (accident-related expenses)
- Deal with the insurance company
- Handle settlement negotiations
- Help you file a lawsuit
- Represent you in court, if necessary
While you’re not legally required to hire a lawyer to represent you after a motorcycle accident, it may be in your best interest to do so. In fact, it’s been shown that those who hire a personal injury attorney to represent them receive more on average in compensation compared to those who don’t. Since most law firms offer a free consultation, you should at least consider speaking to a lawyer if you were hurt in a motorcycle accident that wasn’t your fault.
To learn more, visit our motorcycle accident FAQ page.
Get full compensation with a New Orleans motorcycle accident lawyer
Getting hurt in a motorcycle accident can be a painful and traumatic experience, but for many, trying to recover compensation from the at-fault party is even worse. Insurance companies are notorious for giving injured riders a hard time and using age-old stereotypes about motorcyclists to try and avoid taking responsibility. They may argue that you are partially to blame, or worse yet, say you caused the accident and deny your claim altogether. If you didn’t do anything to cause your crash, you shouldn’t have to pay the price for someone else’s reckless actions.
Attorney John Williams is a caring and compassionate personal injury lawyer who has the knowledge and experience to handle every aspect of your claim. Whether it’s through a negotiated settlement or by way of a favorable court verdict, John will stand by your side throughout every step of the process and fight to get you the highest amount of compensation possible for your specific case. Located on Canal Street, our law firm serves clients in New Orleans and offers legal representation on a contingency fee basis. That means you pay nothing unless we win. Contact us today to learn more.