Bicycles or cycling are a common means of transportation, recreation and exercise used nationwide. Bicycles offer very little in terms of protection from the hazards confronting a bicyclist on the roadways of Shreveport LA. This can, and often does, lead to severe and catastrophic injuries to bicyclists when an accident occurs. Unfortunately, a large percentage of persons injured in bicycle accidents are children; and sometimes is hard to find a bicycle accident attorney, or a personal injury lawyer in Louisiana with extensive expertise in such cases.
L. Clayton Burgess, attorney at law, is an experienced, local accident attorney and personal injury lawyer. To set up an appointment or consultation please contact us at: (318) 716-3109
Persons injured in bicycle or cycling accidents in Louisiana, sometimes can’t find a lawyer or personal injury attorney that knows the law regarding bicycle accidents. Our Shreveport Louisiana bicycle accident attorneys have years of experience representing victims of bike accidents and their families. L. Clayton Burgess is a car accident/ bicycle accident attorney, and a personal injury lawyer specialized in handling catastrophic bicycle accidents and personal injuries sustained in such accidents. Our law firm is dedicated to provide you or your loved ones with the best team possible to legally represent you in such horrific cycling accidents.
The majority of bicycle accident cases in Louisiana involve contact with a motor vehicle that failed to yield the right-of-way at an intersection, or unexpectedly turned into the path of a cyclist, often making left turns in the path of an oncoming cyclist, or a motorist overtaking a bicyclist, often by misjudging the space needed to safely pass. Too frequently, motorists, including trucks and buses, cause bicycle accidents by failing to share the road, forcing cyclists off the road or into a collision.
Bicycle accidents also occur due to other factors which are often unique to the operation of a bicycle. Bicycle accidents often occur due to environmental factors such as defective roadway design or maintenance, impaired visibility and poor road and path conditions, including potholes, road debris, maintenance problems, and even dog attacks. Another scenario that might not be too common in Louisiana, but it happens; is when a negligent motorist opens a car door directly into a cyclist’s path.
However L. Clayton Burgess is an experienced bicycle accident attorney and a personal injury lawyer, which has vast knowledge of the law regarding each scenario, and also how to legally defend you in such.
Bicyclists must observe the same rules of the road and be accorded the same rights as the operators of all other vehicles pursuant to Louisiana State Vehicle and Traffic Law . Also legally speaking in almost every state a bicycle is considered a vehicle; however there are laws in place to protect cyclists, that’s why it is always imperative to contact a bicycle accident attorney, or a personal injury lawyer that knows the law and how to proceed.
For example one of those laws is regarding to helmet use. In the state of Louisiana is required for any cyclist under the age of 12 to wear a helmet for protection. And failure to do so is may not be a first intent evidence of negligence.
Bicyclists are also subject to various helmet laws in accordance with Louisiana law. In Louisiana, a child under the age of one year is prohibited from being a passenger on a bicycle. Passengers and operators under fourteen years of age are required to wear protective headgear. All other bicyclists are not required to wear a helmet.
It is also important to fully understand what the helmet is designed to protect. For an impact at speeds in excess of 15-20 miles per hour, a bicycle helmet is less likely to prevent a serious head or brain injury. Under US standards bicycle helmets are tested in 2 meter drops that achieve about 14 miles per hour (22.5 kph) on a flat anvil. In a famous article in the New England Journal of Medicine, it was determined that wearers of bicycle helmets had an 85% reduction in their risk of head injury and an 88% reduction in their risk of brain injury. A Case-Control Study of the Effectiveness of Bicycle Safety Helmets , Robert S. Thompson, M.D., Frederick P. Rivara, M.D., M.P.H., and Diane C. Thompson, M.S. N Engl J Med 1989;320:1361-1367, May 25, 1989.
Minor head injuries are usually the result of linear acceleration of the skull by impact with another object. Bicycle helmets can help prevent head injuries by reducing and spreading this force. More serious injuries, on the other hand, are often as a result of angular or rotational acceleration, which leads to diffuse axonal injury (DAI) and subdural hematoma (SDH). These are the most common brain injuries sustained by road crash victims that result in death or chronic intellectual disablement. Bicycle helmets are not designed to mitigate rotational injuries, and research has not shown them to be effective in doing so. Curnow WJ. The efficacy of bicycle helmets against brain injury. Accident Analysis and Prevention, 2003, 35:287-292.
At the Law Office of L. Clayton Burgess, we can provide you with a legal team you can trust, to legally represent you in all instances and scenarios regarding bicycle and cycling accidents.
For a consultation please contact our local Shreveport, Louisiana office in in Caddo Parish at: (318) 716-3109