Motorcycle Safety in Houston, Texas
Following motorcycle safety procedures is the first step to making the road a safer place. Texas motorcycle injury attorney Neal Davis explains how you can help avoid an accident. And in the unfortunate event in that you're in an accident, we stand ready to fight for your right to compensation. Our No Fee Guarantee means you don't pay unless we win.
Motorcycles can give their drivers a unstoppable feeling: riding while unhindered by the metal walls of a typical car. But riding a motorcycle isn't without its share of risks. Because of this lack of protection, accidents involving motorcycles can be much more devastating than car accidents.
Motorcycle injuries are likely more serious, and damages can be high. In fact, the (PDF) Texas Department of Transportation reported 459 fatalities from motorcycle accidents in 2015 alone.
Luckily, motorcyclists can help make the road a safer place by exercising basic motorcycle safety.
Accidents do happen, and we can help.
Attorney Neal Davis is ready to fight for your right to ride. Contact us today.
Motorcycle Safety Attire
Making sure that you're properly clothed and outfitted with safety gear can be very helpful should you be in a motorcycle accident.
Your clothes and safety gear are the only thing standing between you and the road beneath, so it pays to be cautious about what you're wearing.
Experts recommend you wear the following when operating or riding on a motorcycle:
- A jacket made of solid material like leather
- Long pants also made of a solid material
- Boots or other closed-toed shoes high enough to cover the ankle
- Protective gloves
- A helmet that protects your entire face
While Texas motorcycle law does not require riders over 21 to wear helmets, it is highly advised that all motorcyclists do so. Helmets are a rider's best defense against serious injury if an accident occurs.
Safety Measures on the Road
Once you pull onto the road, safety is more important than ever! It's impossible to account for the negligence of other drivers, but there are certain steps you can take in order to keep yourself as safe as possible.
- For starters, make sure that other drivers are aware of you. Motorcycles can easily go undetected by unsuspecting motorists. Make eye contact with motorists as much as possible, especially when pulling out at stop signs or red lights. In addition, check your mirrors frequently and always be aware of your surroundings.
- Avoid riding too close to motorists as well. Ride a safe distance behind and giving vehicles the room to merge if they need to.
- While it should go unsaid, never drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and avoid driving if you feel drowsy. Take a break if you feel you need to.
- Always drive defensively. This means being prepared to change lanes quickly or avoid a hazardous situation.
- Finally, try not to ride your motorcycle in hazardous weather such as rain or snow. If you must, be sure to slow down in particularly nasty spots on the road.
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Before Heading Out
Wearing the proper attire is just one part of staying safe on a motorcycle. It's also important to check your motorcycle before heading out for a ride. Make sure all fluids are at the appropriate levels and that the tires are full of air and free from any punctures. Also, check that your lights are working properly.
If you're heading out on a longer trip, take a test drive to make sure your motorcycle is in full working order. This means listening for strange sounds while accelerating, making sure steering is responsive, and checking to make sure the brakes are good.
What to do After a Motorcycle Accident
Safety measures can help, but sometimes accidents happen. If you're in a motorcycle accident, there are certain steps you can take to keep yourself safe without damaging your personal injury case. Here's what to do in the event of a motorcycle accident:
- Get yourself and others out of harm's way. Make sure everyone involved in the accident is okay, including yourself.
- Contact the police. In addition to their help, you'll need them to file an official police report in order to get compensation from either your insurance company or through a lawsuit.
- Gather evidence. Take pictures, gather eyewitness testimony, and the contact info of others involved.
- Notify your insurance company. Never admit fault for the accident before first talking with your attorney.
- Follow your doctor's orders. It's important to follow your doctor's suggested medical treatment and go to all follow up checkups. Failure to do so can damage your injury case.
- Keep all documentation relating to your accident or damages. This includes medical bills, the police report, correspondence with insurance companies, etc.
- Contact a motorcycle accident attorney. Look for a lawyer in the area where the accident occurred who has experience with motorcycle accident cases specifically.
If you find yourself in a motorcycle accident, you may be eligible for compensation for your injuries and damages. Houston accident and injury attorney Neal Davis is ready to take on your case and fight for your right to compensation. If we don't win, you don't pay. That's our No Fee Unless We Win Guarantee. Contact us today to setup your free consultation and find out how we can help you.