Dallas Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Everything is “bigger” in Texas, from the state itself, to the cities, to the massive trucks on the highways every day. The amount of large trucks and other vehicles on the road has a drastic impact on the severity of all accidents in Texas, and most severely, motorcycle accidents. Throughout the Dallas area, these accidents often have severe repercussions as motorcyclists often cannot compete with a raised-up Ford F350 that comes barreling into their lane. If you have been injured on the Dallas roads as the result of a motorcycle accident, do not hesitate to contact our Dallas motorcycle accident attorney at The Benton Law Firm.
Motorcycle Accidents in Texas
Texas is no stranger to motor vehicle accidents throughout the state, and unfortunately carries the lead throughout the United States in number of motor vehicle accidents and the number of fatalities stemming from motor vehicle accidents. While motorcyclists only make up a fraction of these numbers, motorcyclists are far more likely to be critically injured in an accident, and have a higher possibility of death from their injuries.
Motorcycle fatalities have been on the rise in Texas over the last decade, spurring new public service announcements on highways to “Share the Road” and “Look Twice.” Most car and truck drivers do not anticipate a motorcycle on the highway and change lanes if they do not see a larger vehicle in the lane, effectively running directly into a motorcyclist. Texas A&M University’s Transportation Institute conducted a study finding that in more than half of all motor vehicle accidents involving a motorcycle, the other driver failed to see the bike. While the number of motorcyclist fatalities decreased in 2012, the number (460) remains high. If you’ve lost a loved one in a motorcycle crash, our compassionate Dallas motorcycle accident lawyer can help.
Motorcycle Accident Injuries
It is difficult to imagine the scope of motorcycle injuries if you have not been in the place of a motorcyclist. Motorcycle accident injuries are often much more severe than injuries from car accidents because motorcyclists have so little to protect them on roads and highways. With speed limits reaching above 80 mph in some parts of the state, it is frightening to consider what type of damage can occur to a motorcyclist if a car crashes into them at a high rate of speed.
Our Dallas motorcycle accident attorney can help you recover compensation for your injuries which not only covers medical expenses, but all related expenses such as lost wages, unemployment, and pain and suffering. You should not be forced to cover all expenses when you were not responsible for the accident itself.
Passenger Vehicle Fatalities vs Motorcycle Fatalities 1975-2013
Data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
3 Questions Every Texas Motorcyclist Has
Whether you are new to riding or are a seasoned biker, it is always good to refresh yourself on the laws surrounding motorcycles. The Texas legislature frequently changes the specific mandates and requirements surrounding motorbikes and scooters, and it can be difficult to keep track of the current rules. To help make things clear, here are the easy answers to three questions every motorcyclist should know!
Should I wear a helmet?
The best answer to this question is yes, you should wear a helmet anytime you ride. If you have health insurance, the law does not require you to wear a helmet if you are over 21 years of age. Despite the law, the facts are clear—failure to wear a helmet significantly increases your risk of death and serious injury if you are in an accident. At the The Benton Law Firm, we respect individual freedoms and understand it is your choice whether or not you wear protective gear on your bike. However, you are much more likely to survive and have the opportunity to pursue compensation after an accident if you were wearing safety equipment during your accident.
Can I split lanes when I ride?
Despite repeated attempts to make lane splitting legal in Texas, the legislature has yet to decide on this issue. Lane splitting is the practice of moving through traffic and between cars when traffic is especially slow or stopped completely. As noted on the Texas Department of Public Safety website, Texas does not officially deem the practice illegal. However, the law does say drivers “shall drive as nearly practical entirely within a single lane,” which makes the practice illegal in effect.
How old does someone have to be to ride as a passenger?
In Texas, motorcycle passengers must be at least 5 years of age. The two exceptions to this law are if the child rides in a sidecar attached to the motorcycle or if the situation is an emergency. Remember, anyone under 21 years of age must wear a helmet while riding as a passenger, and any passenger needs both handholds and footholds to meet legal requisites.
Motorcycles are a popular and exciting mode of transportation. Unfortunately, the thrill of a motorbike comes with a tremendous risk to riders. If you were hurt in a motorcycle accident, the attorneys at the The Benton Law Firm can help you hold other drivers accountable. Contact us at (214) 219-4878 to get started with your case.
Contact a Dallas Motorcycle Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one have been injured in a motorcycle collision, do not hesitate to contact the experienced attorney of the Benton Law Firm. Our Dallas personal injury attorney are well aware of how dangerous Dallas highways can become for motorcyclists and work tirelessly to ensure that your injuries are compensated for. Our attorney have years of experience in handling vehicle accident injuries. Contact our offices today at (214) 219-4878 for your initial free consultation or click here to learn more about the practice areas covered by The Benton Law Firm.