Motorcycles are a great way to get around quickly and in style. But there’s an increased danger in riding motorcycles, and accidents can be disastrous. Each state has its own laws on how they handle motorcycle accidents. However, with a motorcycle accident attorney on your side, you can rest assured they’ll handle all the specific ins and outs of your case. Getting compensation after an accident can be tricky, and your lawyer will work hard for you so that you can focus on resting and recovering.
Safety Equipment Laws
Texas has strict safety equipment laws in place to protect motorcyclists. If a rider was not actively following these laws, not only do they run the risk of having their claim rejected, but they could also be fined. The law requires the use of helmets for any riders or passengers under the age of 21. Riders may only choose to not wear a helmet if they meet the following conditions:
- Rider is over the age of 21
- Rider has completed a state-approved motorcycle safety course
- Or rider has medical insurance with at least $10,000 to cover healthcare costs if there is an accident
If a rider or passenger is injured in a motorcycle accident, and they were not wearing a helmet as required, they may not be able to receive as much compensation from their claim as needed for medical costs.
Motorcycle Equipment Laws
Just like cars, motorcycles need to pass proper inspections regularly and have the right equipment with traffic safety features. Annual inspections are required, with certifications displayed on the rear license plate along with successful registration.
Motorcycles are required to have the following working features equipped:
- Tail lamp
- Stop lamp
- License plate lamp
- Exhaust system
- Rear red reflector
If the proper equipment is not on a motorcycle, insurance companies can easily deny a claim. The lack of proper equipment can also cause the accident in question.
All motorcyclists must follow the laws of traffic. Violating any traffic laws will also reduce the odds that the rider can make a successful claim. The most common law that riders tend to break is lane splitting. If a motorcyclist is driving in between lanes of traffic, they are breaking the law. Thus, they may be unable to receive compensation for any accidents. The law also requires motorcyclists to follow the same parking laws as automobiles. Riders must follow the regular traffic flow and controls in parking lots and garages.
Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Attorney Vickery has practiced law in Texas for over thirty years. As a result, he also knows the ins and outs of the traffic laws. As a qualified and experienced motorcycle accident attorney, he will fight hard to help you get the compensation you deserve as you recover from your injuries. If a motorcycle accident left you with injuries or property damage, give the Vickery Law Firm a call at (903) 504-5490 to schedule a consultation as soon as possible.