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Five Tips to Avoid Motorcycle Accidents in Texas

Posted on in Auto Accidents

Houston Motorcycle Accident LawyerMotorcycle riders have a much greater risk of being injured and killed while on the road when compared to drivers of cars, trucks, or other motor vehicles. Given the more exposed nature and lack of protection that motorcyclists have when riding, any collision has the potential of a severe injury or even death. This is why it is so important to avoid motorcycle accidents and stay safe while on the road.

Ways to Stay Safe When Riding a Motorcycle

While no amount of precaution can ever fully prevent any road user from being involved in an accident, there are some preventative actions and precautions on the road that every motorcycle rider should be aware of which could help save their life or prevent a serious injury.

  1. Wear a helmet and proper gear – Unless you meet an eligible helmet exemption, Texas requires all motorcycle riders to wear a helmet. Further protective gear is also recommended, including protective clothing, boots, and eye protection. High visibility gear can be especially helpful to ensure other drivers are aware of you, especially in poor weather or at night.

  2. Obey the rules of the road -  By following all traffic rules while riding a motorcycle, you can significantly reduce your chance of being involved in an accident. This includes following the speed limit, fully stopping at stop signs, and following all traffic lights and other traffic control signs.

  3. Drive defensively and stay alert – Beyond just following the rules of the road, motorcyclists should ride to actively prevent collisions. Riders should assume that it is difficult for other road users to see them and avoid dangerous situations.

  4. Inspect and maintain your motorcycle – Before a ride, make sure that your bike is in safe working condition. This can include checking the front and rear lights, turn signals, tire pressure, and other areas of the motorcycle. Regular maintenance is also recommended to prevent any potentially dangerous mechanical failures while riding.

  5. Take a motorcycle safety course – Like many other states, Texas requires motorcycle riders to take and pass an approved motorcycle safety course. This will give you the basics you’ll need to safely handle your bike.

Contact a Texas Motorcycle Injury Lawyer

If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, it is important that you contact a knowledgeable Houston motorcycle accident attorney at Law Office of Shane R. Kadlec. We will fight hard for you to collect all the compensation for your injuries, pain and suffering, and lost wages that you are entitled to receive. Call our office today at 281-643-2000 for a free consultation.

 

Source:

https://www.iii.org/article/background-on-motorcycle-crashes

https://www.cdc.gov/transportationsafety/mc/index.html

https://www.txdot.gov/driver/safety/motorcycles.html

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