What to Know About Motorcycle Accidents in Texas
Motorcycles are dangerous. This is part of their appeal for many people. Motorcycles can be thrilling to ride. But, they can also cause a lot of damage. Accidents happen, and they can be serious. As a result, it is important to know how accidents occur, how to avoid them, and what to do if you are involved in one. Read on to learn more about motorcycle accidents in Texas.
Helmet Laws in Texas
In the state of Texas, drivers who are over the age of 21 are not required to wear a motorcycle helmet if they have completed a motorcycle safety course or are covered by an applicable insurance plan. However, motorcycle riders who are under the age of 21 are required to wear a helmet.
What are the Most Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents?
Accidents can happen for any number of reasons. The most common reasons motorcycle accidents occur include:
- Another motorist’s failure to yield
- Rear-end collisions
- Potholes or uneven pavement
- Road obstructions
- Dangerous weather conditions that may reduce visibility and control
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
What if I am Involved in a Motorcycle Accident?
If you are involved in a motorcycle accident, the first thing you should do is call 911. If you are injured, you will need to seek medical attention. Additionally, if possible, take photos at the scene of the accident, including any damage to your vehicle and the hazardous conditions that caused your accident. If anyone witnessed your accident occur, you will want to obtain their contact information, as they may be able to corroborate your story and provide witness statements.
What is the Statute of Limitations?
If you are injured in a motorcycle accident due to negligence, you may be entitled to recover compensation. If you wish to pursue legal action, you will have to ensure that you file your claim in time. This deadline is known as a statute of limitations. In Texas, the statute of limitations is generally 2 years from the date of the injury. This means if you fail to file within 2 years, you will most likely lose your opportunity to recover compensation.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident in Texas, contact our firm today.
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