On March 3, 2010, the operator of a Harley Davidson motorcycle changed lanes into the path of an International 18 wheeler as he approached the Gause Boulevard exit on I-10 in Slidell, Louisiana. The motorcycle operator was pronounced dead at the scene from the injuries sustained in the motorcycle wreck.
According to Baton Rouge, Louisiana motorcycle accident lawyer, Scott Andrews, a following motorist who strikes a preceding motorist is usually presumed at fault for the rear-end collision because the following motorist must maintain a sufficient distance from the vehicle in front of him to avoid a collision under circumstances which should be reasonably anticipated. The presumption is rebutted by proving that the driver had his vehicle under control, that he closely observed the preceding vehicle, and that he followed at a safe distance under the circumstances. The following driver may also rebut the presumption of liability by proving that the other driver created a hazard which he could not reasonably avoid, such as changing lanes suddenly and without warning.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or suffered a wrongful death from a motorcycle wreck, contact the experienced Baton Rouge, Louisiana motorcycle accident lawyers at Dué, Guidry, Piedrahita & Andrews. Email Louisiana injury lawyers or call (225) 929-7481 to schedule a free consultation.