With summer fast approaching, many motorcycle enthusiasts are dusting off their bikes and helmets in preparation for hitting the open road. At DC Law, we encourage all motorcyclists to put safety first. Whether you are a new biker or a seasoned rider, you should remember to always follow the rules of the road, which are designed to keep everyone safe.
Wear a Helmet
Yes, we know that a helmet is optional if you are 21 or older and either carry at least $10,000 in medical insurance or have completed an approved operator training course. Nevertheless, wearing a helmet will reduce your chances of a serious brain injury and death.
Look for a helmet that is approved by the federal Department of Transportation. There should be a DOT sticker on the back, which means it meets or exceeds federal safety requirements.
Get Your Bike Serviced
If you haven’t ridden in a while, then you should make sure that your bike is in good working order before heading out for your first ride. Take it to a mechanic or to a friend who is familiar with how motorcycles operate. Remember that Texas law requires the following equipment:
- Head, tail, stop, and license plate lamps
- Rear red reflector
- Wheel assembly
- Exhaust system
- Steering system
If you have a moped, then you will need to have a headlamp, rear lamp, reflector, and brake.
Increase Your Visibility on the Road
You can decrease the chances of getting into an accident by increasing your visibility while on the road. Trade in your black or brown helmet for one that is neon yellow or bright pink. Also, add reflector tape to your jacket and bike. Anything that makes you visible to motorists helps reduce the chances they will negligently hit you.
No Lane Splitting
This is controversial, we know. Many motorcyclists want Texas to decriminalize lane splitting. In case you don’t know, lane splitting involves motorcyclists riding in between lanes, especially at stop lights. Lane splitting can help protect motorcyclists, who often get rear-ended at intersections. It can also increase the flow of traffic, allowing everyone to get to their destination faster.
Unfortunately, lane splitting is legal only in California. Texas still prohibits it. Groups like Ride Texas encourage their members (as well as the public) to lane split even though it isn’t yet legal. As attorneys, we are not encouraging you to break the law. You should remember to follow the law because motorists are expecting you to, as well.
DC Law Wishes You Fun Out on the Road!
We hope everyone reaches their destination in one piece. However, if you are involved in a motorcycle accident, you might be able to sue for compensation.
DC Law is a leader in this field, having represented many injured motorcyclists. If you have questions, or if you need compensation, please give us a call. We can meet with you to go over the facts of your case and decide whether you have a legitimate claim. Please call 512-220-1800.