Motorcycle riders are more vulnerable to injury or being killed than any other automobile operator on the road. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcyclist deaths occurred 28 times more frequently than fatalities in other vehicles, based on 2016 fatal crash data; amounting to 5,286 motorcyclists who lost their lives in accidents. The number of injured riders has yet to be determined, but 2015 data suggests it could be more than 88,000.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle accident, contact Bonilla Law Firm. Our motorcycle attorneys will help you achieve the justice you deserve for your injuries. Contact us for a free consultation today.
Here are three important Texas state laws regarding motorcycles that are critical to your safety:
Any rider below the age of 21 is required to wear a helmet while using a motorcycle. However, riders over the age of 21 have the option of wearing a helmet if they carry a medical insurance card showing they have at least $10,000 in coverage or have completed an approved Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) motorcycle operator training course.
It is illegal to drive a motorcycle between lanes of slow-moving or stopped traffic. Lane splitting is illegal in every state, except for California.
Children under the age of five are not legally allowed to ride as a passenger on a motorcycle. Any passenger over the age of five, but under the age of 21 must wear a helmet. Passengers over the age of 21 may choose not to wear a helmet, but only if the driver has the completed the requirements mentioned above. A motorcycle must also have a passenger seat, foot pegs and hand holds.
Accidents can’t always be avoided, but being aware of these leading causes of motorcycle crashes can aid in your safety while riding.
Insurance companies will do whatever is necessary to pay the least amount of money to you or your family for a motorcycle accident. Because Texas follows a modified comparative fault rule, if an insurer can find you more than 50% at fault then you will not receive compensation. If you are found to be less than 50% at fault, then the compensation you are awarded will be reduced by your percentage of fault.
An attorney with experience handling motorcycle accident claims will be knowledgeable of the challenges that come with proving fault. They will, therefore, conduct their own investigation in order to obtain evidence on your behalf. Hiring an attorney will alleviate you from the stress of dealing with the insurance companies. They will guide and protect you through the complicated claim process and, if needed, a lawsuit.
We have over 30 years of experience protecting the rights of those injured in motorcycle accidents. Allow us to guard your interests and ensure that you are compensated for damages caused by those who harmed you. Call us today to schedule a free consultation.