Louisiana Motorcycle Accidents on the Rise – Keep Motorcycle Operators Safe!!

Baton Rouge, Louisiana motorcycle accident lawyer, Scott Andrews, urges motorcycle riders to take a Louisiana State Police Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Course. The Louisiana State Police offers both a Basic Motorcycle Rider Course for inexperienced motorcycle operators and an Advanced Rider Course.

After the third fatal motorcycle crash in less than a week just in Troop L, the Louisiana State Police issued a news release on May 22, 2011, reminding all motorists to safely “share the road” with motorcycles and to be extra alert to help keep motorcyclists safe. Additionally, the Louisiana State Police urges motorcyclists to “RIDE LIKE YOU ARE INVISIBLE TO OTHER MOTORISTS!!!!” and to follow these safety guidelines to increase awareness and have a safe riding experience:

Be visible:

Remember that motorists often have trouble seeing motorcycles and reacting in time.
Make sure your headlight works and is on day and night.
Use reflective strips or decals on your clothing and on your motorcycle.
Be aware of the blind spots cars and trucks have.
Flash your brake light when you are slowing down and before stopping.
If a motorist doesn’t see you, don’t be afraid to use your horn.

Dress for safety:

Wear a quality helmet and eye protection.
Wear bright clothing and a light-colored helmet.
Wear leather or other thick, protective clothing.
Choose long sleeves and pants, over-the-ankle boots, and gloves.
Remember – the only thing between you and the road is your protective gear.

Apply effective mental strategies:

Constantly search the road for changing conditions. Be aware of other traffic, road surfaces and debris.
Give yourself space and time to respond to other motorists’ actions.
Give other motorists time and space to respond to you.
Use lane positioning to be seen; ride in the part of a lane where you are most visible.
Watch for turning vehicles.
Signal your next move in advance.
Avoid weaving between lanes.
Don’t ride when you are tired or under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.
Know and follow the rules of the road and stick to the speed limit.

Know your bike and how to use it:

Practice. Develop your riding techniques before going into heavy traffic. Know how to handle your bike in conditions such as wet or sandy roads, high winds, and uneven surfaces.
Get formal training and take refresher courses.

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or killed in a Louisiana motorcycle crash, contact the experienced Baton Rouge, Louisiana motorcycle wreck attorneys at Dué Guidry Piedrahita Andrews Courrege L.C., to schedule a FREE CONSULTATION.