Motorcycle Safety Tips From a Lawyer That Fights For The Injured
If you're hurt in Henderson County, call motorcycle accident attorney Jeff Weinstein
Motorcyclists are always at risk on the road. A motorcycle accident can leave you with serious injuries and facing rising medical bills. Attorney Jeff Weinstein of Weinstein Law knows the impact a motorcycle accident can have on victims and their families. That's why he fights to help them recover financial compensation.
Insurance companies try to paint motorcyclists as dangerous and reckless operators on the road. But Jeff has been representing injured motorcyclists in Henderson County for decades. He knows that many riders are safe and responsible road users. Instead, negligent drivers are often responsible for causing accidents.
When they're out on the road, motorcyclists have little protection. But there are simple steps all motorcyclists can take to help them stay safe:
- Wear protective gear - In Texas, only motorcyclists under 21 and adults who have not taken a motorcycle safety course are required to helmets. But we recommend that all motorcyclists wear them because they can help protect your head in a crash. In addition, wearing leather or denim, and full-fingered leather gloves can provide some protection for your skin. It also helps to wear motorcycle boots with good ankle and foot support.
- Keep up with bike maintenance - Be sure to follow the manufacturer's recommendations for changing oil and brake pads. Check your tire pressure often and add air as needed. Monitor fluid levels and chain tension regularly, as well.
- Be aware of blind spots - Car and truck drivers have blind spots in their vision - usually located in the rear quarter section of their vehicles. If you are driving in that area near a car or truck, assume that the driver can't see you.
- Adjust to conditions - Speed limits apply to normal conditions. If it's raining hard or very windy out, or if there is road construction ahead, it's safer to slow down some.
- Don't ride if you're not feeling your best - We make the best decisions and have our best judgment on the road when we are sober and alert. It's not a good idea to go out riding if you are really tired, or have had a few drinks.
- Be extra careful at intersections - These can be dangerous places for motorcyclists because many drivers don't see them or just fail to yield the right of way. Always assume other drivers can't see you and be extra careful when making turns.
- Take a motorcycle operator training course - Even experienced motorcyclists can build on their existing skills and learn new things. Check with the Texas Department of Public Safety to learn more about taking basic, advanced or specialized courses.
If you are involved in a motorcycle accident, it's important to talk to a lawyer as soon as possible. While the law gives you two years from the date of the accident to take legal action, time is not on your side. The longer you wait, the more likely it is that evidence can get lost or destroyed. And it's important to talk to witnesses while their memories are fresh.
Jeff knows how to build strong cases that get results. Learn more about the difference an experienced motorcycle accident attorney can make. Meet with Jeff for a free consultation - at our Athens office, in your home or anywhere else that is convenient for you. Just contact us to set up a time. Jeff is ready to work for you.