Only 19 States and the District of Columbia have universal helmet laws.
-Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)
Motorcycles tend to appeal to those seeking high performance and the thrill of the open road. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety estimates, based on per mile traveled in 2014, the number of deaths on motorcycles was over 27 times the number in cars. Motorcycles, are less sturdy, less visible and lack the protection of an enclosed vehicle; head injury is common, thus helmet use is very important.
Over 4,500 motorcyclist died in crashes in 2015, with a total of 92 occurring in Louisiana ( 87 drivers/ 5 Passengers); motorcycle deaths started to decline on a national level in the early 80’s but began to increase in 1998. Key contributors to these fatalities include driver impairment/ distraction, hazardous driving conditions, and speeding among other factors.
Motorcycle cases are very unique and handled different than car accident cases. Key factors include helmet use, vehicle defects, and negligence. Consider taking a motorcycle rider-training course. Call the Motorcycle Safety Foundation at (800) 446-9227 for a course near you.
Motorcycle Safety Tips:
Wear a Helmet: 19 states plus the District of Columbia follow the universal helmet law for all motorcyclist, including passengers. Louisiana is included in the universal helmet law. Helmets are considered 37% effective in preventing fatal injuries to motorcycle drivers.
Consider a motorcycle with ABS technology: Motorcycles with Antilock Braking systems (ABS) are able to stop more quickly than a motorcycle without ABS; ABS also helps to prevent the motorcycle wheels from locking up during a hard stop by relieving pressure then reapplying when conditions improve.
Drive Responsibly: Motorcyclist should take precautions to ensure their safety and the safety of any passengers. This includes being an attentive driver, preparing for hazardous road conditions or inclement weather, and not operating a motorcycle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol and always wear a helmet.