Riding a bicycle should be an enjoyable experience. However, bicycle-related accidents injure hundreds of thousands of people each year—often due to the negligence of others. These preventable accidents can change the lives of both victims and families forever.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident through no fault of your own, contact the experienced Baton Rouge, LA, bicycle accident lawyers at Gauthier Amedee for help at (225) 647-1700.
The Rights of Cyclists in Louisiana
Louisiana law regards bicycles as vehicles—providing the same rights as other motorists. Motorists must respect the rights of cyclists. In turn, cyclists must abide by all traffic signs, signals, and markings. Louisiana has several laws protecting cyclists, including:
• Safe Passing Laws: When passing a bicycle proceeding in the same direction on the roadway, motor-vehicle operators must exercise due care and must leave at least three feet between the motor vehicle and bicycle—maintaining this distance until they safely pass. Motor-vehicle operators may pass bicycles traveling in the same direction in no-passing zones only when safe.
• Dooring Law: Louisiana requires no person to open any door of a motor vehicle on a highway without first ensuring this action does not interfere with the movement of traffic or endanger others. In addition, no one may leave any door open longer than necessary to load or unload passengers.
• Protection Against Harassment: Louisiana law protects against people harassing, taunting, or maliciously throwing objects at—or in the direction of—any person riding a bicycle.
What to Do After a Bicycle Accident
If you’re injured in a bicycle accident, seek medical attention for your injuries immediately. After treatment, you will likely face many questions regarding how to pay your medical bills—and how to hold the responsible party accountable for their negligence. The experienced lawyers at Gauthier Amedee can answer any questions you may have pertaining to your bicycle accident claim.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident through no fault of your own, call our Baton Rouge, LA, bicycle accident lawyers at Gauthier Amedee at (225) 647-1700. When you call, you will speak with an experienced attorney for free.
At Gauthier Amedee, you never have to pay any attorney’s fee upfront. In fact, we only get paid after you do. And if there is no recovery, there is no attorney’s fee. It’s that simple.
Call our experienced Baton Rouge, LA, bicycle accident lawyers. Our legal team will examine every detail of your case and provide the experienced, compassionate, and dedicated representation you need to secure the maximum compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. We’re here to work hard for you and to make sure that your rights are fully protected.