State Motorcycle Law
Motorcycle accidents can result in devastating injuries or even death. Since there are no barriers at the point of impact, the person in the car or truck may walk away unscathed, but the motorcyclist may be permanently hurt. In some cases, motorcyclists may be accused of violating state motorcycle law when they bring a personal injury claim. In general, an award of damages can be reduced if a violation of a state motorcycle law was a contributing factor in a crash. At Feizy Law Office, our motorcycle accident lawyers can advise riders throughout the Dallas area who have been hurt by careless drivers.Motorcycle Laws in Texas
Numerous laws govern motorcycle riding. For example, you must use a headlight during the daytime, unless your motorcycle was manufactured before 1975. Your handlebars must be 15 inches above the seat, a passenger seat is required if you are carrying a passenger, and passengers under five years old are not allowed unless they are in a sidecar. It is also not legal to lane split in Texas.
If you are under age 21, you are required to wear a helmet. People who are over age 21 are not required to wear a helmet, however, if they have successfully completed rider training or hold medical insurance that covers the injuries that arise out of a motorcycle accident. Under Marjorie's Law, any motorcycle designed to carry more than one person must provide bars and foot pegs for the passengers to hang onto.
There are circumstances in which it is permissible not to wear a motorcycle helmet in Texas. However, you should be aware that if you are seeking compensation in court, a jury might decide that it was negligent that you failed to wear a helmet and that you are partially to blame for your own injuries. This means that under the modified comparative negligence doctrine, your damages would be reduced by your percentage of fault for not wearing a helmet. If you are found to be 51 percent or more at fault for an accident, you will be barred from recovering any compensation, even if the total damages are significant. However, someone who is 50 percent or less at fault may be able to receive damages that are proportionate to the defendant’s degree of responsibility.
The forms of compensation that may be available in motorcycle accident cases can account for both economic and non-economic costs and losses. Examples of economic damages include lost wages caused by missed time at work, hospital bills, the costs of future medical treatment or therapy, and repairs to the motorcycle. Non-economic damages tend to be more subjective, less tangible forms of harm. They may be substantial in motorcycle accident cases because of the serious injuries that often result. Common examples include pain and suffering or scarring and disfigurement.Seek Legal Guidance in Dallas after a Motorcycle Accident
If you are seriously injured in a motorcycle accident, you should be aware that the insurer for the other driver might try to discredit your version of events. This means it is crucial to consult an experienced motor vehicle collision attorney who is familiar with motorcycle culture in Dallas and sympathetic to motorcyclists at your earliest opportunity. Call Feizy Law Office at (214) 651-8686 or contact us via our online form. We also represent motorcycle accident victims in Fort Worth, Arlington, Garland, Plano, and Irving, among other Texas cities.