On US 190 outside of Eunice, a car and a motorcycle collided. As is often the case with an accident such as this, one person died, but there may have been a simple solution to avoid a tragic loss.
When a 32-year-old woman pulled up to the intersection of US 190 and LA 95, she stopped at the stop sign and checked for oncoming traffic. She apparently misread the situation and pulled out in front of a motorcycle, causing the rider and passenger to be ejected from the bike. The rider was flown to a nearby hospital after sustaining serious injuries, but his 38-year-old passenger died on the scene. Neither rider nor passenger were wearing DOT approved helmets at the time of the crash, and some wonder if a helmet could have saved this passenger’s life.
Police tested the motorcycle owner for alcohol consumption, but they found no traces after administering a chemical breath test. They have ordered a blood test but already suspect that alcohol played no part in this accident.
How Important Is Wearing A Helmet?
According to the NHTSA, motorcyclists are 16 times more likely to die in a crash than an automobile driver, but helmets reduce that risk by almost one-third. Louisiana requires that riders over the age of 18 must wear a motorcycle helmet, or have an insurance policy of at least $10,000 of bodily injury coverage, and all riders under 18 must always wear their helmet.
The attorneys of Galloway Jefcoat have represented motorcyclists for years. We know how to handle cases where cars collide with motorcycles and cause tragedy, but we also want you to be safe. Visit our motorcycle accident page to find out more about our experience, and follow our blog, Facebook, and Twitter to learn more about staying safe on the road.
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