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5 steps you should take after a motorcycle accident

Do you plan for the worst every time you get onto your motorcycle? Whether you are taking a quick trip to the store or riding on the open road for hours, you should know what to do if you ever get into a collision. Hopefully you already wear protective gear and know how to avoid a crash, but an accident can occur no matter what, even to the most skilled motorcyclists. 

What if a negligent driver cuts you off and causes a wreck? You do not want to be stuck somewhere with a motorcycle you cannot ride. Here is what you should do in this situation. 

What role do personal injury attorneys play after car accidents?

Even with advances in technology, car accidents are still prevalent. The Association for Safe International Road Travel estimates that nearly 37,000 Americans die each year as a result of vehicle collisions.

Many accidents do not result in fatalities and can be resolved amicably between the drivers and insurance companies. However, occasionally an attorney needs to be brought into the mix to resolve pressing matters. A personal injury attorney can represent a hurt driver in court, but there are many other roles a lawyer can have.

What you should do after you are in an accident

There are certain steps you should take following a vehicle accident, and one of them is to collect various pieces of information. While a traffic accident is very stressful, even if it is only a fender bender, you must be prepared to deal with the aftermath in as calm and organized a manner as possible. Here are the basics about what to do and what not to do after the accident. 

Always stop and make calls

Where do most vehicle accidents occur

In 2015, Louisiana residents traveled 48,180,000 miles. There were 674 fatal crashes with 726 deaths. Pedestrians and bicyclists made up about 19 percent of these deaths. The majority of fatalities occurred in cars, pickups and SUVs, as reported by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Highway Loss Data Institute. Although there is no surefire method of avoiding all accidents, when you know where and when the majority of accidents occur, you can be more aware of your driving.


What is the law on wearing motorcycle helmets in Louisiana?

There is nothing like coasting the highway on your bike, whether it is a relaxing cruise with your friends or a thrilling ride on your own. There is also nothing like a severe brain injury that can leave you permanently disabled. Wearing a helmet while riding your motorcycle may not always be cool or convenient, but it makes a significant difference in your safety. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety - Highway Loss Data Institute, helmets prevent brain damage 67 percent of the time.

What should you do after a hit-and-run accident?

No matter how big or small the accident is, both parties should stick around to guarantee that everyone is safe, insurance information is exchanged and a police report can be filed. If you are hit by a driver that is under the influence, driving on a suspended license or one who knows he or she will be in serious trouble if caught, that driver may choose to take off after the accident.

Not only does this cause confusion and anger at the scene, but it can also make it difficult to get compensation you need for injuries and damages you sustained at the hands of the other driver. If you are ever involved in an accident and the at-fault driver takes off, the following tips may help law enforcement catch the person who is at fault for your damages.

5 ways to safely share the road with truckers

No matter if you are on the freeway, just picking the kids up from school down the street or on a two-lane highway in a low-traffic area, the fact is you must share the road with other drivers. In a perfect world, everyone would drive defensively and be completely aware of others, but it does not always work that way. If you are driving a smaller car, driving next to big trucks can be particularly daunting. If a trucker is not doing his part to drive safely and you want to arrive at your destination unscathed, use the following tips.

The change to Daylight Savings Time means more drowsy drivers

When the time changes and you "spring forward" one hour, all the clocks in your life have to be reset, including your biological clock. Some police departments report as much as a 10 percent increase in vehicle crashes when Daylight Saving Time takes effect. The problem is that just a one-hour change in time can affect your sleep cycle and make you a drowsy driver.

Do you know how to avoid a drunk driver?

Keeping yourself and your family safe on the road is about more than just understanding how to drive safely while obeying the law. It is also about being able to identify and avoid hazards, from debris loose on the roadway to animals and even other drivers. That's why it is important to know how to spot driving behaviors that could put you at risk. Those include both the behaviors you commonly see from aggressive drivers during "road rage" incidents, as well as moves that are simply risky on their own or that signal a driver may be intoxicated.

Being able to predict when another driver is under the influence is arguably the most important of those skills, if only because intoxicated drivers are less predictable than other kinds of dangerous drivers. It's also true that many of the traits that point to a drunk driver overlap with other kinds of dangerous driving.

Common sources of distraction for truckers

Distracted truckers are a major problem in New Orleans. According to, there are nearly 660,000 motorists using electronic devices and cellphones at any given moment while they are operating their vehicles across the United States. This includes commercial vehicle operators.

Commercial vehicle operators, such as truckers,have very demanding jobs that require them to spend long hours on the road at a time. Due to the monotony of their positions, they may become tired, bored and unable to stay focused for such long periods of time. As a result, they find ways to distract themselves while they perform their jobs so they can complete them. Motorists who share the road with commercial vehicle drivers should make themselves aware of the common sources of trucker distraction so they can avoid them.

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