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Louisiana Motorcycle Accident Fatality & Injury Data

In 2020, Louisiana had 80 total motorcycle riders killed. Of the 80, 34% had legally impaired blood alcohol concentrations.  St. Bernard & East Feliciana Parish bikers  who suffered fatalities had the highest impairment rate at 100% followed by East Baton Rouge (83%) , Calcasieu (80%), Terrebonne (66%), Livingston (60%), Orleans Parish (44%).  

The Parishes leading in fatalities are: Orleans (9), Caddo (6), East Baton Rouge (6), Calcasieu (5), Jefferson (4), Livingston (5) and Tangipahoa (5).

Louisiana bikers also suffered a reported 1,193 injuries. The Parishes leading in injuries are: 

The Parishes leading in injuries include: Orleans (145), East Baton Rouge (103), Lafayette (77), Jefferson (72), Calcasieu (68), Caddo (66) and Livingston (62).

U.S. Motorcycle Accident Fatality & Injury Data

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administrations most recent 2018 report

■ There were 4,985 motorcyclists killed in motor vehicle traffic
crashes – a decrease of 5 percent from the 5,229 motorcyclists
killed in 2017.
■ An estimated 82,000 motorcyclists were injured during 2018,
an 8-percent decrease from the 89,000 motorcyclists injured
in 2017.
■ Two-wheeled motorcycles accounted for 92 percent of all
motorcycles in fatal crashes.
■ Motorcyclists accounted for 14 percent of all traffic fatalities
and 17 percent of all occupant (driver and passenger)
fatalities.
■ Of the 4,985 motorcyclists killed in traffic crashes, 94 percent
(4,675) were riders and 6 percent (310) were passengers.

Some Laws Governing Operation of Motorcycles in Louisiana

SUBPART G. OPERATION OF MOTORCYCLES,

MOTOR-DRIVEN CYCLES AND BICYCLES

§190. Safety helmets

            A. No person shall operate or ride upon any motorcycle, motor-driven cycle, or motorized bicycle unless the person is equipped with and is wearing on the head a safety helmet of the type and design manufactured for use by operators of such vehicles, which shall be secured properly with a chin strap while the vehicle is in motion. All such safety helmets shall consist of lining, padding, visor, and chin strap and shall meet such other specifications as shall be established by the commissioner.

            B. It shall be unlawful to manufacture, sell, or distribute any protective helmet for use by the operator of a motorcycle, motor driven cycle, or motorized bicycle, or for use by the passenger thereon, unless such protective helmet is of a type and specification approved by the commissioner who shall publish a notice of such approval.

            C. Notwithstanding the provisions of this Section, the police authorities of a village, town, city, or parish may issue a permit exempting members of organizations sponsoring, conducting, or participating in parades or other public exhibitions from the provisions of this Section while such members are actually participating in a parade or other public exhibition.

            D. This Section does not apply to a person operating or riding in an autocycle if the vehicle is equipped with supports that meet or exceed the standards for a safety helmet or a rollbar or roll cage. As used in this Subsection, “rollbar” or “roll cage” shall mean supports that will bear the vehicle’s weight and are so designed as to protect the occupants when the vehicle is resting on the supports.

            E. It shall be unlawful to manufacture, sell, or distribute any protective helmet for use by the operator of a motorcycle, motor driven cycle, or motorized bicycle, or for use by the passenger thereon, unless the manufacturer of the protective helmet obtains and maintains liability insurance of not less than one hundred thousand dollars for each occurrence of liability of the manufacturer for fault in the design, materials, or workmanship of the protective helmet. In addition to any other penalty provided in this Section, the commissioner may prohibit the movement, sale, or distribution of any protective helmet if the manufacturer is not covered by insurance as required by this Subsection.

            F. Any person who violates any provision of this Section shall upon conviction be fined fifty dollars which shall include all costs of court. Notwithstanding any contrary provision of law, no other cost or fee shall be assessed against any person for a violation of this Section.

§190.1.  Eye protective devices to be worn by motorcyclist; windshield on motorcycle

A.  No person shall operate a motorcycle or motor driven cycle unless the person is wearing an eye protective device of a type approved for such use by the secretary, except when the motorcycle or motor driven cycle is equipped with a windshield of sufficient height to afford adequate eye protection that meets the requirements of R.S. 32:358.

B.  The secretary shall approve only goggles, face shields, or safety glasses which will meet performance specifications established by him.

C.  Eye protective devices used at night shall not be tinted.

D.  This Section shall not apply to persons riding within an enclosed cab.

 

§191.  Riding on motorcycles

A.  A person operating a motorcycle shall ride only upon the permanent and regular seat attached thereto.  Such operator shall not carry any other person or child  nor shall any other person or child ride on a motorcycle unless such motorcycle is designed to carry more than one person, in which event a passenger may ride upon the permanent and regular seat if designed for two persons, or upon another seat firmly attached to the rear or side on the motorcycle.

B.  A person shall ride upon a motorcycle only while sitting astride the seat, facing forward, with not more than one leg on each side of the motorcycle.

C.  No person shall operate a motorcycle while carrying any package, bundle, or other article which prevents him from keeping both hands on the handlebars.

D.  No operator shall carry any person or child nor shall any person or child ride in a position that will interfere with the operation or control of the motorcycle or the view of the operator.

E.  No operator shall carry or transport an infant or child on a motorcycle who is required to be restrained in a rear-facing child safety seat or a forward-facing child safety seat according to the provisions of R.S. 32:295.  A child at least five years of age or older is only authorized to be a passenger on a motorcycle if such child is properly seated on the motorcycle and such child is wearing a safety helmet in accordance with the provisions of R.S. 32:190.

 

§191.1.  Operating motorcycles on roadways laned for traffic

A.  All motorcycles are entitled to full use of a lane and no motor vehicle shall be driven in such manner as to deprive any motorcycle of the full use of a lane.  This Subsection shall not apply to motorcycles operated two abreast in a single lane.

B.  The operator of a motorcycle shall not overtake and pass in the same lane occupied by the vehicle being overtaken.

C.  No person shall operate a motorcycle between lanes of traffic or between adjacent lines or rows of vehicles.

D.  Motorcycles shall not be operated more than two abreast in a single lane.

E.  Subsections (B) and (C) shall not apply to police officers in the performance of their official duties.

§191.2.  Clinging to other vehicles

No person riding upon a motorcycle shall attach himself or the motorcycle to any other vehicle (or streetcar) on a roadway.

§191.3.  Footrests and handlebars

A.  Any motorcycle carrying a passenger, other than in a sidecar or enclosed cab, shall be equipped with footrests for such passenger.

B.  No person shall operate any motorcycle with handlebars that require the hands of the operator to be above the operator’s shoulder height when the operator is sitting astride the seat and the operator’s hands are on the handlebar grips.

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