Motorcycle Accident Attorney in McAllen, TX
Ride Safe and Protect Yourself
As a motorcyclist, you are at an increased risk of injury if you are involved in a traffic accident. You may also be at an increased risk of being involved in a collision in the first place, due to the fact that motorcycles are smaller and less visible to motorists than other motor vehicles. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to protect yourself before or after an accident. Following basic tips for safe riding can help reduce the chances of a collision, and if you are involved in an accident, there are steps you can take to protect yourself through the claims process as you seek compensation for your injuries.
As McAllen motorcycle accident attorneys, we at Stern Law Group have seen just how much damage a motorcycle accident may cause. We know how important it is to reduce the likelihood of a collision in the first place and to take the appropriate measures after an accident to hold at-fault parties accountable and recover maximum compensation. The following tips have been compiled to offer insight regarding these matters, but it is important to remember that every rider, every bike, every road and every case is different. You are always welcome to call our firm to discuss your unique case and concerns with a legal professional.
Tips for a Safe Ride
The following safety measures may serve to reduce your chances of being involved in a motorcycle accident in the first place, due to inexperience, visibility issues, equipment malfunction or other scenarios:
Make sure you are fully trained and licensed before taking to the road. Inexperience can prove deadly.
Take the time to get to know your bike before you take it out on a public roadway. Read the manual and practice riding on private roads or less busy streets so you are familiar with your bike before you take it out on congested streets or highways.
Wear proper protective gear every time you ride. This includes a helmet manufactured to Department of Transportation (DOT) standards. You should also wear eye protection, gloves, over-the-ankle boots and a jacket and pants made of leather or other thick, protective material.
Take measures to improve your visibility. Brightly colored and reflective clothing can make it easier for drivers to see you, particularly at night when visibility is most affected.
Drive defensively, never assuming that another motorist can see you. Position your motorcycle where it can be seen, avoiding blind spots. Take extra caution when turning left; many motorcycle accidents occur when a vehicle turns left in front of a motorcycle – even when the motorcyclist had the right of way.
Check your bike before you ride, and perform routine maintenance as listed in the owner's manual. Checking tires, controls, lights, oil and fuel levels and all other key systems should be done before you ride. Keep your bike clean and follow the service schedule to make sure it is in working order.
Never ride under the influence of alcohol or drugs. These can impair judgment, vision, motor skills and reaction time, affecting your ability to ride safely.
Obey traffic laws. Observing the speed limit, traffic signals and all other traffic laws can help you avoid a collision.
Even if you are a seasoned rider, consider taking refresher rider courses every so often to brush up on your riding skills.
Protecting Yourself After an Accident
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident, it is important to remember that you have rights. All too often, riders get blamed for accidents they did not cause, all because they were not properly represented and their rights were not protected during the insurance claim process. After an accident, be sure that you do not give a statement to the claims adjuster. Do not admit fault in the collision to any insurance company representative or to law enforcement personnel that may arrive at the scene. Be cooperative and render aid to others involved in the accident if possible, but do not say you were to blame and do not allow yourself to be pressured into accepting fault.
After you seek medical attention, call a McAllen motorcycle accident lawyer and find out what can be done to properly address your claim or lawsuit. You may be entitled to significant financial compensation for your medical care, damage to your bike, lost earnings and possibly more. A lawyer can help you pursue this compensation while protecting your legal rights and holding the responsible party accountable for their negligence or carelessness. Contact Stern Law Group today.