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What if I didn't wear a helmet during my motorcycle crash?

When a motorcyclist suffers a serious injury in a collision, he or she will probably wonder whether it's possible to pursue financial compensation against the party (or parties) at fault. If you add to this question the fact that the motorcyclist was violating Louisiana law by not wearing a helmet, it complicates the question a little bit more.

A violation of motorcycle helmet laws at the time of a crash could negatively affect the rider's financial recovery in a motorcycle crash lawsuit, but probably will not invalidate the rider's ability to pursue a claim against the at-fault party. Ultimately, it depends on the factual circumstances surrounding the collision.

A brief primer on bicycles and “dooring crashes”

There's no greater thrill than setting off to work on your bicycle in the morning after years of driving to the office. The wind in your hair and the fresh air in your lungs is an exhilarating start to the day. But don't let the fun of riding to work fool you: There are many dangers that cyclists need to be aware of.

One of these dangers is a threat that most bicyclists -- and especially most motorists -- forget to think about. It's the threat of "dooring crashes." A dooring crash happens when a motorist or passenger of a vehicle opens his or her door directly into the path of a cyclist. As you can imagine, if the cyclist is traveling fast enough, these crashes can result in terrible and catastrophic injuries.

Injured pedestrians: Do this after a vehicle-related crash

The worst thing that can happen to a pedestrian is to be struck by a motor vehicle. Cars move quickly, and worse, they weigh thousands of pounds. When a pedestrian gets hit by one, the injuries are likely to be catastrophic and fatal.

If you were lucky enough to survive being hit by a car while walking, there's a chance that the motor vehicle driver was at fault and liable for your resulting injuries -- especially the costs associated with your medical care and lost income relating to permanent or temporary disabilities.

The Usumacinta Jack-up disaster: One of the worst in history

No one ever said that working on an off-shore oil platform was safe. However, by taking appropriate safety precautions, the most catastrophic accidents can usually be avoided. The key word here is usually. Unfortunately, there's no way to completely safeguard against a disaster when dealing with massive machinery, unpredictable ocean conditions and highly flammable gas and oil.

In one such oil rig accident, the Usumacinta Jack-up disaster, dangerous and uncontrollable sea conditions led to the fiery death of 22 workers on a Gulf of Mexico oil rig.

Car accident tips: Do this after you've been involved in a crash

What you do in the moments that immediately follow a motor vehicle accident collision is vital for your safety. Handling your car accident appropriately could also help preserve your right to file a lawsuit in the event that the collision wasn't your fault.

Here are a few of the most important considerations to keep in mind after you've been involved in an automobile collision:

How to avoid the dreaded left-turning-vehicle motorcycle crash

Close your eyes and imagine you're riding your motorcycle down any main road in Lake Charles. As you approach an intersection with a green traffic light, you scan ahead to see if the way is clear. You see vehicles lined up on either side waiting to cross the intersection once the light for perpendicular traffic turns green. You also see several cars lined up at the intersection waiting to make a left turn.

The cars on the opposing side of traffic that are waiting to make left turns will need to cross your side of the road before they're in the clear. Because you're a motorcycle and less visible than a normal vehicle, left-turning cars represent a serious accident hazard. Keep reading to see how you can avoid this common accident. Here is another article that explains this in greater detail.

We're in the 100 deadliest days for young drivers

When you think back on your memories of childhood summers, what do you think about? Carefree days running around with your friends? Reading a good book, cover to cover, on a hammock in the back yard? Swimming at the local swimming pool or in the late? Getting ice cream with your parents on the Fourth of July?

People often think of summers before they went to college as some of the best times of their lives. What they do not often realize, though, is that these are some of the deadliest days of the year for young drivers.

Pedestrian accidents: Causes and safety tips

As a pedestrian, it's not always easy to keep your eyes on everything happening around you. For example, if you're walking in a busy city, vehicles, bicyclists and other pedestrians can easily distract you. Pedestrian-vehicle accidents almost always result in serious injuries, so they are to be avoided at all costs.

Understanding the most common causes of these accidents is a good place to start. Here's what you need to know:

  • Distracted driving. This is when drivers pay attention to something beside the road and what's going on around them. Common distractions include texting, turning around to talk to someone in the back seat and adjusting radio controls.
  • Drowsy driving. Any time motorists are too tired to drive, there's a greater chance that they will cause accidents.
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. This type of impairment makes it difficult for drivers to make sound decisions, thus increasing the risk of striking pedestrians.
  • Reckless driving. There are many forms of reckless driving, e.g., speeding and disobeying traffic signs or signals.
  • Disregarding traffic conditions. For example, drivers need to make changes to their driving methods during rush hour.
  • Disregarding weather conditions. In inclement weather, drivers should slow down and leave more space between their vehicles and others on the road.

All-terrain vehicles and safety concerns

All-terrain vehicles (ATVs) like four-wheelers and three-wheelers are a fun way to explore the great outdoors. Recreational enthusiasts, hunters, farmers, outdoor workers, beach workers and families use these devices for both work and play. However, aside from their entertainment and use value, these vehicles can pose serious risks to their users.

In 2015, 98,000 people in the United States required emergency room care because of their ATV injuries. In one notable case that occurred here in Louisiana last year, entertainer Jamie Lynn Spears' daughter suffered serious injuries in an ATV accident while on a hunting expedition with family members.

5 safety tips for your next motorcycle ride

Now that spring is in full swing and summer is right around the corner, you are probably spending more time on your motorcycle. Riding around Lake Charles or heading out on a longer trip comes with a certain amount of danger on any given day, even when riding conditions seem perfect.

In general, there are more than 200 motorcycle crashes across the United States every day. While some of these are due to user error, others are a direct result of negligent drivers. In reality, cars and trucks are the biggest danger you face on the road every time you climb on your bike.

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