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Texas accident lawyer, Texas motorcycle accident attorneyIn early May, a motorcyclist was traveling on State Highway 130 at a high rate of speed when he collided with another vehicle in slower traffic. Traffic up ahead had slowed drastically due to a vehicle fire. The motorcyclist was unable to stop his motorcycle and struck the rear of another vehicle, which caused him to be thrown into a second vehicle. The crash occurred around 7 p.m. and the rider was pronounced dead approximately an hour later. This accident is a tragic reminder of the motorcycle crashes, injuries, and fatalities that occur each summer. As we head into another warm season, motorcycle riders and drivers need to remember how to keep each other safe and avoid collisions.

Motorcycle Safety Tips for Riders

There are a few steps motorcyclists can take to avoid a crash with other riders or vehicles, including:

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Texas accident attorney, Texas injury lawyerIn late December, a 60-year-old man driving a motorcycle failed to navigate a turn near FM 1626 and Katy Lane in South Travis County. The resident of Buda, Texas, was not wearing a helmet and was pronounced dead when authorities arrived on the scene around 5:30 in the morning.

Motorcycles are common vehicles in Texas, and due to the climate in most of the state, can be taken out for a significant portion of the year. However, riders should take motorcycle safety seriously, including going through driver training, obeying the law, and following safety precautions like taking turns at a moderate speed and wearing a helmet. Without these steps, motorcycle riders are likely to cause accidents, leading to their own and other individuals’ injuries and deaths.

Texas Motorcycle Laws

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New Braunfels personal injury lawyerTexas weather allows people to take their bikes out for a significant portion of the year, but the summer months are popular for riders across the U.S. Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents commonly make the news despite the fact that they can almost all be avoided. Since motorcycles, passenger vehicles, and semi-trucks have to share the roads, every driver is responsible for avoiding these types of accidents. If you were hurt while riding your motorcycle and you believe another driver is at fault, call an attorney as soon as possible to learn more about your rights.

Whether you are a motorcycle rider, average driver, or a trucker, consider motorcycle safety this summer.

Tips for Motorcyclists

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motorcycle crashesMotorcyclists face their own risks separate from drivers who operate four-wheel vehicles. Due to several factors, including the difference in size and speed between a car and motorcycle, both types of licensed drivers need to be fully aware of each other on the road to prevent accidents from occurring. Motorcycles are less visible to other drivers and pedestrians and are more vulnerable to hazardous weather and road conditions, which may lead to an increase in safety concerns. According to the Insurance Information Institute, when it comes to crashes involving motorcycles, statistics revealed:
  • 4,668 fatalities in 2013;
  • 88,000 injuries in 2013;
  • An accident fatality was 26 times more likely to involve a motorcyclist than a passenger car occupant; and
  • Accident injuries were five times more likely to involve a motorcyclist than a passenger car occupant.
The Texas A&M Transportation Institute reported motorcyclists make up 16 percent of all vehicle deaths in Texas. The institute launched its Look Learn Live initiative in 2009 to promote motorcycle safety and awareness in affiliation with the Texas Department of Transportation and Texas Motorcycle Safety Coalition. The website is a resource for both motorcycle drivers and other motorists to learn about best practices to employ for on-the-road safety that is beneficial to everyone. People who choose to operate a motorcycle must abide by the same traffic laws and regulations in place to prevent accidents caused by inattentive, fatigued, or drunk driving. Additionally, the state of Texas requires anyone age 20 and under to wear a motorcycle helmet with exemption for riders 21 years of age and older if the motorcycle operator has successfully completed a safety training course and holds proof of a medical insurance policy. Wearing a helmet has been effective in preventing fatalities by approximately 37 percent and has shown 67 percent effectiveness in preventing brain injuries, according to data from Consumer Reports. Motorcyclists hold the same responsibilities of other drivers on the road, but must also exude extra precaution and proven driver maneuverability to ensure sharing the road safely. If you or someone you know have suffered injuries due to an accident involving a motorcycle in Texas, contact an experienced New Braunfels motorcycle accident attorney today for a free case evaluation.

motorcycle safety, Texas motorcycle accident lawyer, share the roadAccording to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), there were 460 fatalities of people riding motorcycles or scooters in accidents on Texas roads in 2012. That was done from the 488 fatalities in 2011. But that is still too many losses.

Texas has implemented the ‘Share the Road’ campaign as a way to remind all drivers to be aware of motorcyclists and urges everyone to ‘Look Twice’ while on the road. TxDOT urges drivers to keep checking your mirrors for motorcycles and always use turn signals. And if you are driving near a motorcycle, remember to give them enough space, allowing them enough time to react if traffic situations should arise. The TxDOT also offers safety tips for motorcyclist. The agency urges all riders to wear a helmet and other protective gear. They recommend driving with your headlights on at all times and at safe speeds. Also try to avoid the center of a lane as this is where oil and debris build up, which could be dangerous. Whether you are a brand new rider or an experienced one, take a motorcycle riding course to help reinforce safety rules and techniques. Texas A&M Transportation Institute conducted a survey which revealed that in more than half of motorcycle crashes that occurred last year, the other driver never even saw the motorcycle. The two most common places where motorcycle accidents occur are at intersections and while changing lanes. Another statistic revealed in the survey was that 89 percent of motorcycle crashes that occurred last year ended with either the death or injury of the motorcyclist. Cities and urban areas proved to be more dangerous places than rural areas, with more than half of the motorcycle fatalities occurring in cities. And more than half of all motorcyclists killed last year were not wearing helmets. If you’ve been injured in an accident caused by another driver’s carelessness, contact an experienced New Braunfels personal injury attorney today to find out what damages you may be entitled to for pain and loss.

The sooner you call, the sooner we can build your case, secure evidence and get maximum compensation for your injuries.

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