For motorcyclists, it’s about the thrill of riding, the freedom of the open road, the power and speed.
For safety experts, they are concerned about the dangers motorcyclists face.
Whichever side of the line you are on, you should understand the significance of motorcycle helmets and how the one that you wear, could mean the difference between life and death when in a wreck.
Motorcycle Crash Kills Man On Bonnet Carre Spillway
It was just last summer when a 27-year-old man was fatally injured in a St. Charles Parish motorcycle accident on the Bonnet Carre Spillway just north of Destrehan, Louisiana.
The motorcycle crash occurred on when another speeding driver crashed into the back of a motorist slowing due to traffic, which set off a four-vehicle chain reaction.
According to police reports, the motorcycle rider was heading eastbound on Interstate 10 (I-10) when he was the third vehicle impacted in the crash and he then collided with a fourth vehicle.
The rider was thrown from his bike and sustained fatal injuries.
Sadly, this is just one example of the seriousness of motorcycle crashes.
Local Politician Ends Up in ICU After Motorcycle Crash While NOT WEARING A Helmet
Some will remember the St. Charles Parish president who was “teaching” his daughter how to ride a motorcycle and crashed causing him to end up with serious injuries.
I say “teaching” because according to news articles:
- Neither motorcycle driver was properly licensed;
- Helmets were not used; and
- The motorcycle was not insured.
Wearing the “Right” Helmet is Critical
The law in Louisiana is clear, motorcyclists and riders must wear a helmet.
Study after study has shown that motorcycle helmets save lives. However, not all helmets are created equal.
Make sure your helmet meets the safety standards set by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).
Be aware of many helmets sold at novelty shops because they may not meet these standards.
Here are some things you should look for when purchasing a motorcycle helmet:
- The DOT sticker. Motorcycle helmets that meet the safety standards will have a sticker with the letters, “DOT.”
- Check the padding – inner liner must be about one-inch thick per federal guidelines.
- Sturdy chin strap and solid rivets. This is one of the standards set by DOT.
- Familiarize yourself with the weight. A helmet that meets federal safety standards will weigh about three pounds.
- Evaluate the design. Nothing should extend beyond two-tenths of an inch from the helmet’s surface.
St. Charles Parish Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle crashes happen a lot.
With major thoroughfares in St. Charles Parish including Highway 90 (Des Allemands through Boutte and Luling), Highway 61 (Airline Highway from Montz through Norco, Destrehan and St. Rose), Interstate 310 (I-310 from Boutte through Luling, and Destrehan), Interstate 10 (I-10) including the Bonnet Carre Spillway, and River Road (from Ama through Luling, Hahnville and Killona on the Westbank, and through St. Rose, Destrehan, Norco, and Montz on the Eastbank), St. Charles Parish has many popular motorcycle routes.
If a careless driver has hurt you, you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries.