Motorcycle Accident Lawyer New Orleans
New Orleans Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
If you or a loved one have been injured in a motorcycle accident in Louisiana, and the other driver is at fault, their insurance company may be responsible for your damages. An attorney who has experience dealing with motorcycle injury litigation will be familiar with important things like:
- Motorcycle defects and recalls
- Specific motorcycle accident laws in Louisiana
- Tactics used by insurance companies and more.
The New Orleans motorcycle accident lawyers of The Brandner Law Firm take on challenging cases to get the best compensation the law allows for our clients.
Motorcycles don’t have many of the safety devices that are found in most cars. In motorcycle accidents with other motor vehicles, another driver, not the motorcycle rider, causes two-thirds of the collisions. However, a motorcyclist is 30 times more likely to die as the result of a collision than a car driver who hits them.
Motorcycle Accident Injury Claims
In the case of a motorcycle accident in New Orleans, if a motorcyclist was not at-fault, they may be able to seek damages from the negligent party who caused the crash. Injured riders are not limited in the damages they may seek to compensate for their injuries and losses, including recovering damages for pain and suffering. Motorcyclists can seek compensation for damages, which may include medical costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Insurance Negotiations for Motorcycle Accidents
After a motorcycle accident, your lawyer may contact the other party’s insurance company to negotiate a settlement for costs resulting from the accident. They can leverage information they get to recover compensation for your expenses. If these negotiations are not successful, or unsatisfactory, you may be able to pursue legal action against the other party with the help of your attorney.
Negligence in Motorcycle Accidents
Many motorcycle accident lawsuits are based on negligence, in other words, the other driver’s failure to maintain a reasonable standard of care and awareness on the road. The initial investigation by your lawyer can help to prove the other party acted irresponsibly, did not follow traffic laws, or failed to pay attention to their surroundings. To win in a negligence lawsuit, your attorney must show the defendant did not exercise proper standard of care, this breach caused the accident, and the accident caused the motorcyclist’s injuries. Possible parties could include negligent drivers, reckless drivers, or drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Motorcycle Accident Attorney Michael Brandner, The Big Gun™ is experienced with these cases.
Product Liability in Motorcycle Accidents
If the cause of a motorcycle accident is due to a contribution of a defect of the motorcycle, the motorcyclist may have a product liability claim against the manufacturer. In some cases, the bike manufacturer will be held liable, for injuries sustained as a result of bad design, or manufacturing. In other cases, the injured must prove that the defect happened during the manufacturing process and contributed to their injury. In most cases, expert testimony and analysis will be needed to determine whether the defect happened during the manufacturing process or after the vehicle was purchased. If during the manufacturing process, the motorcycle company may be responsible. If so, your attorney must prove:
- The defective motorcycle or part was “unreasonably dangerous”
- The motorcycle was being operated as intended by the injured party
- The motorcycle’s overall performance stayed the same since it’s purchase
- Product liability claims may be based on defective tires, brakes, accelerators, and defective fuel systems.
If you have lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident, you may be able to recover compensation with a wrongful death lawsuit. An attorney can help you prove negligence of the other driver, and that it was the cause of death.
The attorneys at The Brandner Law Firm may be able to help you recover compensation for the following:
- Past and Future Medical Expenses: This can include costs for emergency room, hospital care, surgery, and appointments with a doctor due to the accident.
Injured motorcycle accident victims may be entitle to compensation for lost wages due to the accident.
- Pain and Suffering: Motorcyclists injured in an accident may seek compensation for pain suffered as a result of injuries sustained in the crash.
- Mental Anguish: Victims and families may also be awarded for emotional suffering incurred as a result of the accident. This can compensate the victim for fright, embarrassment, nervousness, worry, grief and other forms of emotional distress.
- Loss of Consortium: The uninjured spouse of a motorcyclist injured in an accident may be able to recover damages for loss of marital benefits, including companionship, sexual relations, affection and comfort.
Some Causes of New Orleans Motorcycle Accidents
There can be several causes of motorcycle accidents, including negligence of other drivers. Some negligence that may result in an accident include the following:
- Pulling unexpectedly in front of a cyclist
- Cutting off motorcyclists at traffic lights
- Failing to obey speed limits
- Failure to yield when required
- Not leaving enough room between the vehicle and motorcycle
- Failure to pay attention to a motorcyclist changing lanes
- Not paying enough attention to other drivers
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
Crashes may also be caused by drivers who do not pay enough attention when making turns at intersections.
Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Due to the lack of protection to the rider, personal injuries resulting from a motorcycle accident can often lead to major injuries, or even death. We often see motorcycle accident injuries such as:
- Loss of limbs
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Broken bones
- Serious Burns
- Facial fractures
- Road rash
- Spinal injuries
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
Contact Louisiana Motorcycle Accident Attorney Michael Brandner, The Big Gun™ today
Many motorcycle accident injuries require several months or years of medical treatment. This causes loss of income, and expensive medical bills. This can be devastating for your family, and self. Only an experienced personal injury trial attorney can help make sure that you are financially taken care of during this time. Contact the New Orleans motorcycle accident lawyers at The Brandner Law Firm today for a free case evaluation.