The New Orleans Advocate reports on a tragic motor vehicle collision that resulted in one fatality. The accident happened late last month, when a vehicle turning off the road and onto a private driveway struck a motorcycle.
The Marksville native riding the motorcycle was a 52-year-old police officer who was off-duty at the time of the accident. A 29-year-old woman driving a Honda Civic eastbound struck the motorcycle, which was heading westbound, when she attempted to turn off the road.
The motorcycle crashed into the vehicle’s rear. Although its rider was wearing a helmet, the man sustained severe injuries.
Responders originally took him by ambulance to Ochsner Medical Center-Northshore, and he was later airlifted to University Medical Center in New Orleans. He died there of the injuries he sustained.
The woman driving the Honda was wearing her safety belt at the time of the collision, and she did not sustain any injuries. When police conducted a breath test, it did not reveal that she had been drinking. As a result, she only received a citation for improper turning.
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How Can You Avoid Causing a Motorcycle Collision?
Collisions between passenger vehicles and motorcycles are often devastating for the motorcycle riders because there is nothing between them and the impact. As a driver, you have a duty of care to other motorists on the road around you, and this includes motorcyclists. You can avoid causing a motorcycle collision by:
Unfortunately, if you happen to be a rider, you cannot rely on other motorists to follow the safety tips above; however, you can ride defensively and make it a point to travel in a predictable manner in order to reduce the risk of a collision.
If you or someone you love was injured in a motorcycle accident, your family may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and non-economic damages. A compassionate lawyer from Laborde Earles Law Firm can evaluate your case, gather evidence, and help you fight for the maximum compensation. Call 800-522-6733 to schedule a free consultation with an accident attorney in Marksville.