New Iberia LA Personal Injury Lawyer Weighs In On Motorcyclist Safety

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Motorcyclists need to be especially aware of drivers who might be driving recklessly or while distracted, according to New Iberia motorcycle accident attorney James Wattigny.

New Iberia, LA personal injury lawyer James Wattigny said today that a recent news story serves as a reminder that all drivers need to exercise good judgment and obey traffic laws to safely share the road with each other.

According to the Journal & Courier (Car’s driver charged in crash that hospitalized local motorcyclist, Aug. 19), a local motorcyclist was hospitalized after his Honda motorcycle collided with a Mitsubishi Eclipse in the middle of a Lafayette intersection. The driver of the car was cited for running a red light, according to the story.

“It’s not unusual for motorcycle accidents to happen in intersections,” said Wattigny, who represents victims of negligence and families whose loved ones were killed in accidents. “Someone who runs a red light or a stop sign, or makes a turn into the path of a motorcyclist who has the right of way, may be liable for the other person’s injuries. It’s critical for drivers to be extra cautious when entering intersections.”

The Journal & Courier reported that both drivers gave statements claiming they had the green light at the time of the crash. Witnesses to the accident told police that the driver of the motorcycle had the right of way, according to the article.

The driver of the Eclipse was cited by law enforcement officials for disregarding a traffic signal, according to the story, with the rider of the motorcycle being taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

“While driver impairment doesn’t seem to be an issue in this particular accident, it’s not uncommon to see intoxicated or distracted drivers cause serious accidents in Lafayette, New Iberia, and throughout Louisiana,” said Wattigny, a motorcycle accident attorney in New Iberia. “We urge drivers to avoid distractions and reckless behavior, such as driving while intoxicated. As personal injury lawyers, we have seen first-hand the devastating impact of serious motorcycle accidents. That’s why we fight hard to protect the rights of the injured. We fight for their compensation and to send a message that negligent drivers will be held accountable for their actions.”

About James Wattigny Law Firm, LLC

Based in New Iberia, LA and serving injury victims in Lafayette and throughout Louisiana, attorney James Wattigny has a hard-earned reputation as a results-driven personal injury attorney who fights to protect the rights of his clients. Wattigny and his experienced legal team handle a wide range of cases, including motor vehicle accidents, workplace accidents, offshore accidents, property accidents, business litigation, medical malpractice and more.
For more information about what to do after a car accident and the legal options available to families in Louisiana, call (337) 364-8272 to schedule a free case evaluation.

James Wattigny Law Firm, LLC is located at:
124 West Washington Street, Suite C
New Iberia, LA 70560

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