Earlier this month a Texas motorcyclist was seriously injured after crashing into another vehicle during a police chase in North Dallas. According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, a state trooper attempted to pull over the motorcyclist for a traffic violation on the Dallas North Tollway. Instead of following orders and pulling over, the motorcyclist sped away, ending in a crash near Celestial Road and Noel Road. The motorcyclist sustained serious injuries and was transported to a nearby hospital. This incident is just one of the many examples of how dangerous motorcycles can be, especially when traffic laws are ignored.
As the North Texas highways continue to be overcrowded and congested, paying attention to your surroundings and following traffic laws is obligatory, for your safety and everyone else’s. The smallest mistake or error in judgment can result in catastrophe. Last month we looked at motorcycle laws in Texas, in case you missed it. Whether you are an expert rider or new to motorcycle riding, it never hurts to brush up on the laws pertaining to riders. We also discussed a potential law change that will make a huge difference, for motorcyclists and drivers alike. To stay safe when riding, be sure you understand the laws specific to Texas and what this new lane split law could mean for motorcyclists, should it pass.
Tips for Staying Safe While Riding
Motorcycles can be dangerous and come with inherent risks. No matter how safe and careful of a rider you are, there’s always a chance something could happen and you will be involved in an accident. It is often difficult for cars to see motorcyclists because of how much smaller they are, and they are often in the blind spot of drivers. Because of this, you are your best chance of staying safe is to ride with caution, never ride tired, and do your best to avoid high-traffic areas, when possible.
As a refresher, here is a look at some of the most important motorcycle laws in Texas:
- All motorcyclists must wear a DOT-approved helmet
- Passengers must be at least five years old
- If a passenger is under 21, they must wear a helmet
- Anyone operating a motorcycle must hold a valid Class M driver’s license
- Lane splitting is not allowed at this time
The above text includes some great tips and will get you started on how to ride safely. Here is a more extensive guide regarding Texas’ motorcycle laws, should you wish to brush up. This goes without saying, but always obey the speed limit, wear appropriate clothing (long pants and shirt), and avoid possibly dangerous situations. If you find yourself involved in a motorcycle, whether it was your fault or not, please contact Shamieh Law today. Our Dallas motorcycle attorneys have represented countless victims of these types of accidents and are prepared to do the same for you today.
As Texas’ population continues to increase, the highways show no sign of becoming less congested. Your best chance at keeping you and your passenger safe is to obey the law, pay attention to your surroundings, and never drive under the influence. To learn more about your rights following a motorcycle accident in Dallas, please contact Shamieh Law today.