Louisiana often tops the list when it comes to fun things like travel, sports and entertainment. Unfortunately, the state has placed high on another list, and residents may now be alarmed. Now ranked second in the nation for bicycle accident fatalities, riders should be made aware of the high risk for personal injury.
There is not a single reason why riding a bicycle in Louisiana is so dangerous. The ranking comes as a result of several contributing factors. Most notably, distracted driving remains a major concern.
Authorities state that many fatal bicycle accidents stem from the driver of a car or other large vehicle losing focus because they are texting, checking directions or using other functions of a mobile device. This is against the law, and drivers in Louisiana are required to use a hands free device, or pull over if they need to use the phone. In places where there is no bike lane, bicycles travel with other traffic, and if a driver is not alert, serious injury or death can result in the blink of an eye.
When a victim suffers serious personal injury or death because another party was negligent, legal recourse may be available. Victims and their families have every right to consult with an experienced attorney. An attorney may be able to help with matters like medical bills, funeral expenses and possible legal action against the party or parties believed responsible. While many claims settle before trial, an attorney familiar with the civil justice system will be prepared to present a claim in court when circumstances warrant.