Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Are you in need of a Dallas motorcycle accident attorney? If you live in the Dallas area, motorcycle accidents are very common. Losses resulting from a motorcycle accident can range from serious personal injuries to wrongful death. You can have medical bills, physical pain and mental anguish, not to mention physical impairment and disfigurement. Additionally, accidents involving motorcycles are far more likely to result in a fatality than a car crash. The Texas Department of Transportation also reports that nearly fifty-six percent (56%) of motorcycle fatalities result from not wearing a helmet.
Why are motorcycle accident cases different?Accidents involving motorcycles are far more likely to result in a fatality than a car crash. Sadly, motorcycle riders encounter dangers that other drivers do not. They are less visible on the roads. Therefore, other drivers are less attentive to motorcycles than other vehicles. Additionally, motorcycles are more difficult to maneuver when trying to avoid an accident.
But your motorcycle accident case does face some other difficulties. This is because jurors tend to view motorcyclists as “rebels” or “risk-takers.” Of course this perception is untrue. In fact, statistics show that the majority of accidents involving motorcycles are the fault of the automobile and not the motorcycle.
Insurance adjusters like to use this misconception to their advantage. Therefore, they hold the driver of a motorcycle to a higher standard of care than the driver of a car. This can effect how they evaluate your claim. Therefore, your lawyer should be ready to battle against this misconception. After all, motorcycles are entitled to the same rights as any other vehicle on the road.
You must hire an experienced motorcycle accident attorney in Dallas to represent you. That’s the only way you can be sure that your injury claim will be properly handled. Attorney Robert C. Slim knows how to prepare your motorcycle accident case. And, he also knows how to properly negotiate your claim to get the compensation you deserve.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Motorcycle Accident Cases
Most frequent questions and answers
A motorcycle in Texas is only required to have the minimum coverage required by law. However, because of the higher risk of serious personal injuries, and even death, from motorcycle accidents, it is wise to carry more coverage than the state required minimum.
Personal Injury Protection (PIP): This is coverage that will pay for medical expenses and lost wages. The minimum under Texas law is $2,500.00. However, you should purchase more than the minimum.
Uninsured Motorist Coverage (UM): The reality is that nearly 1 out of 5 motorists in Texas are driving without the required insurance. Additionally, of the vehicles that do have insurance, 70% carry only the minimum required coverage. That is not much when considering the injuries that may be caused by a motorcycle accident.
Therefore, it is highly recommended that motorcycles carry Uninsured Motorist coverage. This will prove coverage in the event you are injured on a motorcycle by a vehicle that is uninsured. It also provides coverage if the other vehicle does have insurance, but the policy is not enough to pay for the injuries or damages you suffer in an accident. This is called under-insured motorist coverage (UIM), which is already included in the uninsured motorist coverage.
The simple answer is “Yes.” Under Texas law, in order to obtain a motorcycle license (Class M license), you must:
- Be over the age of 15 years, and either:
- Have taken an approved driver’s education course; or,
- Hold a Class C driver’s license; AND
- Completed an approved motorcycle safety course.
There are also other restrictions for minors between the age of 15 -17 years old. Texas Department of Public Safety.
It depends on your age. If you are 21 years or older, then you are not required to wear a helmet under Texas law if:
- You have completed an approved motorcycle safety course; OR
- You carry health insurance.
If you are under the age of 21, then a helmet is required. Texas Trans. Code §661.002.