Due to our warm weather and beautiful scenery, motorcycle riding is very popular in South Louisiana. Motorcycles represent fun and freedom, but because riders have little protection in a crash, motorcycle accidents cause many serious injuries and deaths. 

It’s no secret that the speed and small size of motorcycles are often a deadly combination. Motorcyclists are nearly 30 times more likely to die in an accident than drivers and passengers in cars and trucks and are over five times as likely to be injured, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In 2019, Louisiana reported 84 fatalities and nearly 1200 riders injured in crashes.

Motorcycles are far less safe in accidents than closed vehicles.  Even if you are wearing protective leather clothing, in most cases, the only real protection motorcycle riders have is their helmets. Whether a biker is wearing a helmet or not, motorcycle accidents typically cause serious trauma to bikers and require significant medical treatment. Many bikers incur high medical bills and often miss time from work. In cases where there are serious injuries caused by the negligence of another driver, you need an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer, like E, to investigate your accident and make sure you get the benefits you need.


Many riders have heard a story about a car driver claiming “I never saw him” after a motorcycle accident. That’s because the leading cause of motorcycle accidents is the failure of motorists to recognize motorcycles in traffic. Motorcycles have a narrow profile and are easy to overlook. Most often, a car turns left unexpectedly in front of an oncoming motorcycle, and the biker cannot avoid a collision. A driver risks colliding with a motorcyclist when he or she fails to check his or her blind spot or signal when changing lanes. Other common causes of motorcycle accidents include:

  • Speeding. A leading cause of all types of auto accidents, speeding reduces a vehicle’s chance of seeing and reacting to other drivers in time to prevent a collision. The higher the speed, the greater the impact and the more severe the consequences.
  • Sudden stops. Rear-end accidents resulting from following too closely or an abrupt stop can result in serious injury or death to a motorcyclist.
  • Driving under the influence. Drivers who cause accidents because they were driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs may face both civil and criminal liability.
  • Car doors. Some motorcycle accidents occur when a driver opens the door of their parked vehicle in the path of an oncoming motorcycle.
  • Inexperienced drivers. Inexperienced drivers are likely to make unsafe moves on the road that could compromise the safety of other motorists.
  • Dangerous road conditions. Crumbling roads and potholes in Louisiana can all increase a motorcycle rider’s chances of losing control of his or her vehicle.
  • Motorcycle defects. The manufacturer of a poorly designed or manufactured motorcycle part can be held liable for any injuries or deaths arising from use of the defective part.


Do you recognize on the list below the injuries that you or your loved one suffered in a motorcycle accident? These are among the most common motorcycle accident injuries:

  • • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • • Back & Neck Injuries
  • • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • • Concussion
  • • Paralysis
  • • Cuts & Bruises
  • • Road Rash
  • • Loss of Limbs or Digits
  • • Facial Injuries
  • • Wrongful Death
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What do I do if I or a loved one has been in a motorcycle accident?

The first thing you should do after an accident is check yourself and the others involved for injuries. Immediately call 911 whether you, passengers, other drivers, or everyone is hurt. 

As soon as you are able, Protect your legal rights and potential compensation for your damages by gathering important information. Speak with witnesses, passengers, other drivers, and the police officer. Take photos of anything that you think might be relevant to your case. Because you’re on a motorcycle, insurance companies will try to blame you. That’s why it’s important to contact the police to make an official report.

And remember–do not give a recorded statement to any insurance company, including your own, without first contacting a personal injury attorney. While it’s imperative to contact all insurance companies, you have the right to be represented by an attorney while you’re doing so. Partnering with an attorney who specializes in motorcycle injury law, like E, will protect you from saying anything that might be held against you later. Underestimating your damages (pain and injuries often appear days after your accident) can reduce your rightful compensation.


After a motorcycle crash, you need an attorney by your side to help you fight for maximum compensation. You may have totaled your bike, and racked up thousands of dollars in medical bills. You deserve to find out if someone else is liable to pay for these damages.

At E Eric Guirard, we offer decades of experience as Louisiana’s top motorcycle accident law firm, representing thousands of victims who have been wrongfully killed in a motorcycle accident as well as those who have sustained life altering injuries. When you choose E, you don’t have to spend a dime to have a conversation with a knowledgeable and experienced motorycyle accident attorney. It’s our pleasure to discuss your potential legal options free of charge and at no obligation. E Eric Guirard Inujury Lawyers has the experience and dedication to their clients to outwork their opponents, obtain the full value of each case, and to treat clients like family along the way.


And of course, E and his team will ensure the very best representation for your case from start to finish and beyond with the famous E Guarantee™


Insurance companies love to blame the biker. But often times car and truck drivers routinely neglect their responsibility to watch out for bikers on Louisiana roads, causing serious, even fatal, motorcycle accidents. In a split second, an unsuspecting motorcyclist can sustain injuries that will transform his or her life forever brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, broken bones, and more.  Catastrophic injuries can cause long-term effects such as inability to work and lost enjoyment of life. Even minor injuries can accumulate significant medical costs and lost wages from missed time at work. No matter what type of injuries you sustained in a recent motorcycle crash in Louisiana, call E! E will handle all aspects of your motorcycle accident lawsuit and will do whatever it takes to help you secure the compensation for hospital bills, past and future medical bills, rehabilitation costs, lost wages and/or earning capacity, and more.