If you ride a motorcycle, you will know the opinion many people have of motorcyclists. Any time there is a motorcycle crash, many people assume the motorcyclist did something wrong.
Depending on the style of bike you ride they assume you were either racing, pulling tricks, or addled by drink and drugs. While you might dress like Kenny Roberts, Travis Pastrana, or the cast of Easy Rider, that does not mean you ride like them. Most motorcyclists are law-abiding citizens, who happen to prefer a bike to a car. They stop at red lights, give way to old ladies crossing the road, and stay within the speed limits.
While you can break the law on a bike, many people regularly do the same in their cars and no one calls them reckless or accuses them of terrorizing the neighborhood. For example:
- Taking drugs: Regardless of the laws, many people use recreational drugs. They might not consider the effect it has on their driving.
- Drinking alcohol: While people frown on drunk drivers, their definition of a drunk driver is often too lenient. They do not consider the effects that even a small amount of alcohol can have on their ability to drive safely.
- Speeding: Most drivers who travel over the limit consider what they are doing is acceptable. They justify it because they were late for work, or the road was empty. Yet, breaking the law is breaking the law, and speed limits are there for safety.
Just because you prefer two wheels to four does not mean you are any less deserving of compensation for your injuries than a driver would be. You may however have to fight harder to get it, which is why getting the right legal assistance will be crucial.
If you are involved in a motorcycle accident, make sure you learn about your legal options. You may be able to receive compensation for your injuries through a Louisiana personal injury lawsuit. Call the Baton Rouge motorcycle accident attorneys at Joubert Law Firm at (225) 777-8853 or contact us online for a free initial consultation regarding your case.
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