Dallas Personal Injury Attorney For Motorcycle Accidents
If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, a skilled Dallas personal injury attorney is key to protecting your rights. Motorcycles come with risks, but there are certain steps riders can take to minimize the danger.
Unfortunately, motorcycle riders can’t predict or control the actions of other drivers. Those drivers may not always be as cautious. And the size difference between a car and a motorcycle is obvious. Bobby Varner, a Dallas personal injury attorney, owns a Harley Davidson and rides regularly, so he understands motorcycle operations and the risks that come with the freedom of the open road.
Motorcycle riders need to be careful to comply with all applicable safety regulations and laws. Ride Texas has a website that contains a lot of useful information, including many of the applicable Texas laws. For example, to be legal, an operator must have a valid motorcycle license. That means the operator must have passed a written test. In some circumstances, the road test may be waived. Additionally, any passenger on a motorcycle must be at least five (5) years of age and, if they are under twenty-one (21) years of age, they must wear a helmet. In order to carry passengers in Texas at all, the motorcycle must have a permanent passenger seat.
Helmet laws are particularly important. In Texas, riders and passengers of a motorcycle over the age of twenty-one (21) are required to wear a helmet unless they have completed a Motorcycle Operator Training Course approved by the Texas Department of Transportation or the motorcycle is covered by at least $10,000 in medical insurance. And, motorcycle helmets must meet the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard #218.
Lane splitting is a hot button issue lately. In Texas, it is illegal, but in other states like California it is perfectly fine. The American Motorcyclist Association supports lane splitting and has published a position paper concerning the issue. Whether it is safe is obviously an issue of some debate, but several congested areas around the country feel that it helps to reduce traffic generally and also serves to eliminate some of the traffic risks to motorcycle riders.
Even following all of the rules, however, motorcycle riders may still be involved in an accident. And the results can be physically and financially devastating. If you need a knowledgeable Dallas personal injury attorney, please contact us at Braden & Varner to see how we can help you. There is no obligation on your part, but we’ll explain your rights and options, and you can decide where to go from there.