Calls for Bicycle Safety after a Bicyclist is Killed in St. Mary Parish

Photo of a coffin at a funeral service in a cemeteryOn August 17, a man in St. Mary Parish was riding on a morning bicycle ride. He was traveling southbound on LA 83 when a Chevrolet Silverado came up on him from behind. He was struck from behind and sustained critical bicycle accident injuries. Three days later, the man succumbed to his injuries.

How to Avoid Bicycle Accidents and Minimize Injury

In Louisiana, we follow a pure comparative fault rule when accidents cause injury. This means that even if a bicyclist is 99% at fault for an accident, the injured party may still recover damages. However, those damages will be reduced by the degree of fault. For example, if a bicyclist is awarded $100,000 but the courts determine he or she is 10 percent at fault, the damages would be reduced by 10 percent.

Louisiana also has a three-foot safe passing rule, meaning drivers must allow bicyclists three feet of clearance when passing.

In Louisiana, you are required to wear a helmet if you are riding a bike and are under the age of 12. Despite this, we recommend all bicyclists were an approved helmet, as many bicycle fatalities occur due to head trauma. We also recommend that you equip your vehicle with a bright white light on the front and with a red reflector on the back. These are required for nighttime riding but are a good idea to have at all times of day.


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