May is Motorcycle Awareness Month

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How to Care for Texas Motorists Regardless of Wheel Numbers

Warm weather means that there are more bikers on the road.  That’s why May, often considered to be the beginning of riding season, is deemed to be Motorcycle Awareness Month, or Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.

It’s now that we pay extra attention to how we drive, who we share the road with, and understand the most dangerous parts of the drive for those on two wheels.

Texas Department of Transportation – Share the Road

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TxDOT has a motorcycle safety slogan – “Share the Road: Look Twice for Motorcycles.”  You may have heard other variations such as “Look Twice Save a Life” or “Share the Road – Drive Aware – Ride Aware”.  All are imparting the same information.

Motorcycles are hard to see.  So every motorist is encouraged to take extra precautions; especially during the warmer months where more riders on the road.

Difficulty seeing them, combined with complacency among many drivers, leads to thousands of crashes each year.  Many of those crashes cost the bikers their lives, or they sustain serious injuries that will forever change how they function and live.

Pay Special Attention at Intersections

Most motorcycle accidents take place at intersections.  When vehicles cross another lane of traffic, there’s always a risk.

That risk is compounded when drivers fail to see an oncoming motorcycle.

Motorcycle awareness is all about making sure that oncoming traffic lane is perfectly clear before you turn left.  Without looking twice, you may not notice the motorcycle, and accidentally turn in front of him or her.

Motorcycle Accidents Have a High Risk of Injury or Death

Because helmets aren’t always required here in Texas, the risk of serious head trauma is significantly heightened.

But head trauma isn’t the only injury a biker can sustain when in a wreck.  Broken bones, lacerations, and back and neck injuries can happen even at relatively slow rates of speed.  The human body, without proper safety gear, is no match for metal vehicles or asphalt pavement.

The risk of accident with serious injuries is only compounded in the mornings and evenings, when rush hour traffic causes more congestion, drivers that may be road raging, and people intent on getting home from work (or to work) as quickly as possible.

Contact Herbert Law Group after a Motorcycle Accident

Motorcycle awareness is important to reduce the number of motorcycle accidents on Texas roads.  However, the sad truth is that those numbers likely will never get to zero.

If you, or a loved one, have been involved in a motorcycle accident that caused serious injury or death, then it’s time to speak with the bike wreck experts over at Herbert Law Group.

With significant experience, Zach Herbert, Brandon Lavery, and Kaitlyn Moreno know what has happened, and what it will take to make sure that you’re fully compensated after the wreck.

Simply fill out the contact form on our site, and we’ll be in touch.  Or give us a call at 214-414-3808, and we’ll have a conversation on how Herbert Law Group can help reduce your stress, and get you on the path to healing faster.

Motorcycle Positioning: Where is the Safest?

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When Riding You Need to Know where Safety Is

As long as the weather is nice, it’s riding season.

As a rider, you have to be diligent to make sure that you position your motorcycle properly, to ensure maximum safety.  Yeah, other drivers need to be attentive and watch out for bikers as well as other motorists, but if history has shown us anything, that’s not really happening.

As a motorist, watch out for those on two wheels.  It takes one extra second to save a life.

When you’re riding, safety is all about motorcycle positioning and being able to escape a potentially deadly situation.  Here’s how you can position yourself, and your bike, to ensure you come out alive.

Divide the Lane into Three Parts

On a motorcycle, you have three choices when it comes to the lane that you’re riding in.  You can position yourself on the left third, the middle third, or the right third.

Here’s a hint: never use the middle third unless necessary.  This is where cars and trucks drip oil, and where a lot of debris on the road gets pushed to.  So, avoid the mid where the hazards are.

That leaves you with the choice of the left third, or the right third.  Often, the right is going to be your best spot for safety, as it’s the farthest from oncoming traffic as possible.  But there are other considerations to be aware of.

Consider the Intersection where You’re Stopping

When you’re coming to an intersection, it’s important to pay attention to what goes on at that intersection.  Are there multiple lanes going in either direction?  Will oncoming traffic turn left in front of you (or do they have to turn only at a green arrow)?  Can side traffic turn right on red?  What sort of buildings, sidewalks, or obstructions are there just off the side of the road?

Depending on which way you’re moving, and which way the other traffic will be required to move, determines if you want to be in the left third, or the right third.

Remember, the middle third is almost never desirable.

Consider Traffic and Patterns

Motorcycle positioning is largely determined by the other traffic on the road, and where they’re most likely to go.

Are you in the inside lane, with heavy oncoming traffic?  Then the right third will likely be the safest spot.

Are you in the outside lane, with traffic merging into your lane?  Then the left third will likely be the safest spot.

Is traffic dense or sparse?  Are you coming to an intersection first, or one of many in a long line of vehicles?  Is there one vehicle behind you, or many?

Unfortunately there are so many options and variables, that motorcycle positioning isn’t a clear answer in every single situation.

Determine the Best Escape Route

No matter which third you decide to ride in, there’s one important factor at all times: is there a way out?

Can you quickly maneuver your bike out of harm’s way?  Can you jump off and move to safety if you can’t ride there?  Are there other vehicles, or immovable objects, blocking your path to freedom?

Always be ready to divert your course to avoid a wreck.

Talk to Herbert Law Group: Texas Motorcycle Lawyers

If you have been injured in a motorcycle wreck, no matter which position your motorcycle was in, you need to speak with an attorney that knows the laws.

Herbert Law Group has helped hundreds of individuals receive the compensation they need to fully heal from their wreck.  All we need to do first is have a simple conversation to see if, and how, we are able to help.

Give us a call at 214-414-3808, or fill out the contact form on our site and we’ll be in touch.

How Insurance Companies Avoid Your Motorcycle Claim

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Insurance will Deny, Delay, Diminish, or Deflect Your Claim

Insurance companies are just that: companies.  Their primary goal is to make money to make sure their shareholders or members are happy.  If that means bilking you out of your rightful claim, they will do everything they legally (and sometimes illegally) can do in order to diminish the amount they pay out after a motorcycle wreck.

What can you do to combat this and ensure that you’re fully compensated for your losses?  First of all, you can enlist the help of Herbert Law Group.  With our experienced legal team, we make sure that you’re not stressing over what you legally are entitled to.

Long before the wreck, though, make sure to keep these points in mind.

An Insurance Company will Flat Out Deny Your Claim

The number one way that an insurance company will try to weasel their way out of paying for a claim is to simply deny that your loss is covered.

The way that they do this is often to get you to admit to something, anything, that can be used against you.  If you’ve been in a wreck, don’t ever agree to be on a recorded line.  If you admit to something as simple as, “I may have been going a few miles per hour over the speed limit” you set yourself up for your claim being denied.

An Insurance Company will Diminish Your Claim

Often the full extent of your loss won’t be known for a while.  Your injuries may not present themselves right away, or your doctor may have to monitor you for a while to ensure no lasting effects come up.

The insurance company doesn’t want to pay out any more than the bare minimum.  To diminish the severity of your claim, they will offer a lowball settlement that might look good at first, but will be far from good when it comes down to it.  These settlements can include coverage for your property loss (fixing or replacing your busted up motorcycle), paying your initial medical bills, and maybe a thousand or two thousand dollar for pain and suffering.

An Insurance Company will Delay Your Claim

After your wreck, it’s important to get things taken care of as quickly as possible.  There are two big reasons for this: witnesses and evidence are harder to analyze the longer the time passes, and Texas has a two year statute of limitations.

The insurance company is counting on witnesses forgetting key information, evidence that wasn’t taken into account right away is lost, forgotten, or overwritten (images and video are only kept for so long on security cameras), and eventually the statute of limitations will run out.  A motorcycle wreck lawyer will help keep things moving, and even push for bad faith if the insurance company isn’t doing their part.

An Insurance Company will Deflect Your Claim

There are a lot of issues and moving parts to a motorcycle wreck claim.  Sometimes they get downright confusing.  Something the insurance company will use against you.

Here’s a way that it often works.  The insurance company claims they need your medical records so they can verify that you did indeed seek treatment.  But what they don’t tell you is that you’re giving them all of your records.  So, when they see that you injured your arm in the wreck, but you also had surgery on that same arm years earlier (maybe from an old sports injury), they can deflect and say that the injury wasn’t from the wreck, but rather from that old injury.

Herbert Law Group will Defend Your Claim

Insurance companies need to make money.  Unfortunately, they will often tread on the people they are there to help, in order to post a profit for that quarter.

When you have suffered a loss, you need someone on your side.  You need a motorcycle wreck attorney in Texas that knows the law, understands what to fight for, and how to help you receive compensation that fully covers your losses.

If you fill out the contact form on our site, or give us a call at 214-414-3808, we can get started with your free initial consultation to see how we are able to help you heal.

The Top Causes of Motorcycle Wrecks

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Know the Dangers, and Avoid a Motorcycle Wreck

As spring picks up, and the weather gets nicer, more and more people will be out enjoying the open road on their motorcycles.

Since motorcycles are harder to see than a passenger vehicle or a truck (that’s why we recommend using hand signals and making sure your headlights are functioning properly) it’s important that we all do our part to avoid a collision with a motorcycle rider.

To avoid those collisions, we should know the top causes of motorcycle wrecks.

Left-Hand Turn Causes Motorcycle Wrecks

Nearly half of fatal motorcycle wrecks are when another motorist turns left in front of them.  That whole part about being harder to see is even more dangerous when other motorists simply don’t pay attention.

If you’re in a car: look three times before you turn.  If you’re on the motorcycle: assume that the turning driver isn’t going to see you and be prepared to take evasive action.

Road Hazards Cause Motorcycle Wrecks

There are a lot of things that a car can simply run over, that a motorcycle isn’t going to be able to overcome.  The shortlist of road hazards includes:

  • Sticks and leaves
  • Gravel
  • Edge breaks (where pavements meet and are differing heights)
  • Smooth surfaces (even painted lines count)
  • Puddles
  • Potholes

Experienced riders know these dangers and take action to avoid them.  But even the most experienced riders can miss the dangers on occasion.

Speeding, by any Motorist, Causes Motorcycle Wrecks

Speed kills.

Whether you’re on the bike or in the car, excessive speeding increases the chances of a fatal accident exponentially.  The rider usually fares worse than those in a vehicle simply because of the lack of a protective cage around him or her.

Slow it down, be aware, and don’t take stupid risks.

Lane Splitting Can Cause Motorcycle Wrecks

Lane splitting isn’t legal in Texas… but it’s not explicitly forbidden either.  Take a look at our previous blog about lane splitting for the details on that one.

Lane splitting certainly helps traffic to keep flowing, and frees up space when vehicles line up at intersections.  But there are dangers and risks to lane splitting, and the action has led to a number of motorcycle wrecks.

Impaired or Distracted Driving Causes Motorcycle Wrecks

Drunk driving deaths have decreased since the 1980’s.  But distracted driving deaths have increased now that most of us carry little computers around in our pockets.

Neither riders nor drivers have any excuses for driving impaired or distracted.  We’re in a world where calling for a ride home is a matter of a few clicks on the phone, and a rideshare driver will pick you up.

Unfortunately, distracted and drunk driving will likely continue as long as we have vehicles.

Come to Herbert Law Group to Find Justice after Your Motorcycle Wreck

Even if your wreck wasn’t in the top causes of motorcycle wrecks, we want to speak with you!

It’s likely that after your motorcycle accident, the insurance companies aren’t playing nice.  That’s why personal injury lawyers are here.  We want to help you collect the settlement that you need and deserve.

Give us a call at 214-414-3808, or fill out the contact form on our site.  We’re ready to have a conversation to see how we can help you.

Maximize Your Motorcycle Wreck Settlement

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Five Ways to Ensure Your Motorcycle Wreck Settlement Doesn’t Derail

Your motorcycle wreck settlement is designed to ensure that you have the proper funds to take care of all expenses related to the wreck.  In order to do that, there are a few procedures that you should follow so that you’re not left footing the bill for someone else’s negligence.

Before we dive into this thing, however, let’s make sure we’re on the same page.  If you’re looking to get rich off a settlement by “suing the pants off the other guy,” then this isn’t the right fit for you.  The goal here is to make sure you’re taken care of; not that you’re rolling in the dough.

Herbert Law Group is here to help you get compensated when you’ve suffered a loss.  Here’s how we do that.

1 – Make Sure You Get a Police Report

One of the best ways to prove that you were not the at-fault driver is to have an official document stating what happened.  The police will show up to nearly every accident out there; especially a motorcycle wreck where an injury occurred.

However, they don’t automatically send you a copy of the police report.  You will have to request the document, and most precincts require you to go in to pick up the report (they’re not going to email or mail it to you).

2 – Document, Document, Document

Document everything.  Get pictures, videos, witness statements (and their contact information).

If you’re wondering what you should do after a wreck, and how to gather the right documentation, check out our previous posts.

Each of those posts offers some insight on how to document your accident and other tips you should follow after the wreck.

3 – Get Checked out by a Doctor

Don’t wait until there’s some pain.  Don’t put it off and claim, “It’s not that bad.”  Don’t skip it entirely because you’re tough and it’s just a little bruising.

Go see the doctor.  Get checked out.  Get that official medical exam on the record.  It might not hurt now, but when the adrenaline wears off, it’s going to hurt.

If you want to show that you’ve been injured in a motorcycle wreck, you need more than just your word that you’ve been injured.

4 – Follow the Doctor’s Advice

When you see the doctor they will give you advice on how to heal quickly and efficiently.  As well as prescribe some medication that is going to get you through the healing process.

If you ignore the doctor’s advice, and your condition gets worse because of it, you’re going to have a bad time.  Furthermore, if you get prescribed pain medication, and you don’t follow the advice on how to use those meds, it’s very easy to get hooked on pills.

Follow the doctor’s advice, and go back for your follow-up visits when they come up.

5 – Enlist the Help of a Personal Injury Lawyer

Before you talk to insurance companies.  Before they reach out to you.  Before you make any statements on what happened, talk to Herbert Law Group.

The attorneys in our office have seen a lot of cases.  They know how to maximize your motorcycle wreck settlement so that your needs are entirely taken care of.

Herbert Law Group is Here to take away the Stress

You heal best when you have less stress.  Science tells us that.

Dealing with insurance companies that are insistent on low-balling the settlement offer makes your stress levels go up.  Experience tells us that.

Enlisting the help of Herbert Law Group to handle your motorcycle wreck settlement reduces stress and lets you focus on healing.  Our previous clients tell us that.

Give us a call at 214-414-3808, or fill out the contact form on our site.  We’ll have a no obligation conversation to see how we can help you maximize what you need to help you heal.

The Worst Thing You can Do after a Texas Motorcycle Crash

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How to Ensure that Your Settlement isn’t Derailed

There is so much on your mind after getting into a motorcycle crash here in Texas that it’s hard to keep track of what you have to do and what you shouldn’t be doing.  Because we work as motorcycle crash lawyers serving the Dallas area, we want to make sure it’s as simple as possible for you.  Let us take the stress off your plate, while you focus on healing.

When it comes down to it, there’s one major issue that a lot of accident victims mess up on.  It’s a simple one to avoid, but you have to be aware of it before you get in a wreck.

After Your Texas Motorcycle Crash Make Sure You Don’t…

… give more information to the insurance companies than necessary.

It seems like a simple concept, but these companies are not on your side.  Their goal is to minimize the payout, hope you take a quick settlement, and then keep collecting premiums.  Here’s how this might look.

You’re in a wreck where you’re pretty banged up.  Maybe even a broken bone or two.  The at-fault driver’s insurance company calls you, and rattles through their disclosures.  One of those is that you’re on a recorded line.

As they ask what happens, they slip in a little sneaky.  It sounds like small talk, but the representative asks how you’re doing.  If you mention anything along the lines of “I’m not too bad.” Or “Could be worse” or even “I’m fine.” They will use this against you later.

At the time of the accident, you have a ton of adrenaline going through your body.  That adrenaline numbs the pain, and it makes serious injuries seem a whole lot less serious.  But as the adrenaline wears off, you’re going to start noticing just how severe your injuries are.

If you have told the insurance company that you’re fine, but before anything is settled, you try to make a bigger claim, it will come back to bite you; they will use your own words to minimize the claim.

After you have been in a Texas motorcycle crash, don’t give any information to the insurance companies that isn’t absolutely necessary.  Really, you should just tell them that you’re working with Herbert Law Group to ensure proper settlement.

Other Ways to Help Your Motorcycle Crash Settlement

There are a few other points that you should pay attention to after your motorcycle wreck.  Of course, if you’re being taken to the hospital by ambulance, many of these might not be feasible.

  • Before riding, make sure you have at least one camera going.
  • After the wreck, get contact information and statements from any witnesses.
  • Take pictures of the wreck area. You may want to do a video and explain what happened from your vantage point.
  • Don’t diminish the severity of the wreck, or admit any fault.
  • Have Herbert Law Group on speed dial.

Come to Herbert Law Group for Support

Here at Herbert Law Group, we see a lot of Texas motorcycle wrecks.  We know how to deal with the insurance companies, and we know what to watch out for when they try to pull a sneaky on us.

If you have been in a wreck on your bike, then we should talk.

Give us a call at 214-414-3808, or fill out the contact form on our site and we’ll reach out to you for your free, no obligation, get-to-know-you call.

How to Use Hand Signals to Avoid a Motorcycle Wreck

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Increase your Visibility with Hand Signals

Motorcycle technology has come a long ways.  Better lights mean that your bike is easier to see on the roadway.

There are still plenty of people out there that don’t pay enough attention though.  And motorcycle wrecks remain a big concern for those who ride.

If you have been in a wreck on your motorcycle, you need to talk with one of the bike wreck pros at Herbert Law Group.  We’ll help you navigate the tricky waters of your claim so that you don’t have to stress about it.

How to Increase Your Visibility While Riding

There are a few ways to make sure that other motorists see you when you’re out riding.

One of the best ways to ensure that you are seen is to make yourself highly visible.  That means wearing bright colored clothing with plenty of reflective properties.

Of course, I don’t know of a single clothing manufacturer that makes leather jackets in neon yellows, pinks, and reds, so perhaps we should stick with something a little simple: like making use of hand signals when riding.

Using signals is required when riding.  But most motorcycles come equipped with turn signals, brake lights, and all the other safety features.  Now, if one of those happens to not be working, you are required to use your hand signals.

There are standards for these signals; however, some states don’t require them to be done exactly this way.

Left Turn: Left arm extended, palm open facing down.

Right Turn: Left arm out at a 90 degree angle upward, closed fist.

Stop: Left arm out at a 90 degree angle downward, palm open.

These signals were designed for those riding bicycles, where the motorists would almost always be to their left.  Instead of using the right hand, which might not be seen, the cyclist would use the left to ensure better visibility.

But on your motorcycle, that’s not really the case.

While you certainly can use the official hand signals, it’s much easier to motion with your arm and hand which direction you plan to go.  Simply put your left arm out when turning left and your right arm out when turning right.

The Human Eye is Attracted to Movement

Throwing an arm out and pointing the direction that you intend to turn isn’t going to increase your size very much.  That arm would easily be looked over just as easily as you are looked over when riding your motorcycle.

However, the motion, going from arm on the handlebars to arm pointing out, will attract the eyes of fellow motorists.  It’s not expected, and so when you bring the arm up, people are more likely to see you.  Ideally they see you and make sure to not cause a motorcycle wreck.

Come to Herbert Law Group with Motorcycle Wreck Issues

Unless you’re going to struggle to maintain control of your bike when signaling, there’s little reason not to throw out a hand signal.  It could save your life.

There will always be those inattentive drivers though.

If you happen to be involved in a wreck, we should talk about your options.  Herbert Law Group can handle your settlement issues, so you don’t have that stress.  All you have to focus on then is healing from injuries.

Give us a call at 214-414-3808, or fill out the contact form on our site.

 

Suffering a Concussion after a Motorcycle Accident

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What to do if Your Motorcycle Accident leads to Concussion

Most motorcycle accidents lead to severe injuries.

While fractured bones and road rash are the most common, head injuries are also significant.  But it’s important to understand the differences between them, and how to recognize the symptoms of a concussion.  Left untreated, it could end up leading to more severe issues that can last a lifetime.

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) vs. Concussion

In the world of head injuries the more serious are called traumatic brain injuries, or sometimes just called brain damage.  While a concussion is a form of brain injury, it’s often considered to be less severe than TBI.

But that does not mean that a potential concussion should be ignored!  Proper treatment is necessary to ensure that the condition doesn’t get worse, and instead you get on the road to recovery.

Symptoms of a Concussion

There is a lot of overlap between the symptoms of TBI and a concussion.  Because they’re so similar, it’s important to get everything checked out after your motorcycle accident.

Concussion symptoms include:

  • Headache
  • Body ache
  • Amnesia and confusion
  • Insomnia
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Tinnitus

There’s no clear way “see” a concussion.  Even with MRI or CT scans, there may not be any physical evidence of the concussion.  Likewise, there’s not one real cure for a concussion.  Often it involves rest, and letting your body heal.

Seek Medical Attention Right Away

Because the concussion may not have any outward symptoms, it can often be ignored and treated as though it’s just a bad headache.

But medical attention should be sought immediately to ensure that it’s all documented that you did see a doctor, and you were diagnosed with a concussion.

When left untreated, the concussion can have lasting effects that continue long-term.  Many of the initial symptoms may end up being drawn out for months or even years.

Talk about your Case with Herbert Law Group

When you’re in a motorcycle accident, you have to give the body time to heal.  If you were not at fault in the accident, that can mean a battle with the insurance companies as you will need to be compensated for your medical expenses, the time you missed at work, and the pain and suffering that you’ve endured.

Whether the motorcycle accident lead to a concussion or not, it’s important that we talk about your wreck and see how a Texas personal injury lawyer can help you heal.  Simply fill out the contact form on our site, or give us a call at 214-414-3808.

Are Texas Motorcycle Wreck Cases more Difficult?

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How a Motorcycle Wreck Case can end up Difficult

If you have read anything about motorcycle wrecks, you know that it’s hard to get in one and walk away without any injuries.  Something about the lack of protective box around you that makes it so that you end up injured more often than in a car wreck.

But there’s a paradox that happens.  Even though you’re more likely to be injured, and the majority of devastating motorcycle wrecks is due to inattentive motorists hitting the biker, Texas motorcycle wreck cases can end up being more difficult.

Here’s why.

What it Means to Settle a Motorcycle Wreck

Have you ever heard about a trial that was coming up, but then you heard that they “settled out of court”?  A lot of cases never go before a judge and jury; it’s usually cheaper to settle them beforehand.

Most accidents will settle before going to trial.  If you have been in a motorcycle wreck, and your attorney proposes a settlement offer, the insurance company can choose to settle, counter, or deny that offer.  Because these companies are in the business of collecting premiums, and not paying court costs and attorney fees, they usually look things over and if it’s going to cost less to settle the case, they do that.

But if the insurance company believe that your claim isn’t legit, they may deny it and the claim is escalated.

What it Means to have a Motorcycle Wreck Case

When you have a motorcycle wreck case, it means the settlement wasn’t accepted, and the case escalates to going to trial.

Now things get a little tricky.  This is where a Texas motorcycle case can become difficult.

There is often a jury that is selected, and the bulk of the jury won’t be riders themselves.  They don’t understand what it means to ride a motorcycle, or what it’s like to have passenger and commercial vehicles zipping past you.  They’ll also be convinced, in most cases, that when you hop on the bike you know it’s dangerous.  And because you’re accepting that danger, you don’t deserve as much compensation for your accident and injuries.

We’re here to tell you that’s preposterous!  Just because it is dangerous doesn’t mean you’re less injured.  If your Texas motorcycle wreck case is because of someone else’s negligence, you deserve compensation that will let you heal.

Come to Herbert Law Group after a Motorcycle Wreck in Texas

The legal team with Herbert Law Group knows how to argue these cases.  Our attorneys are well versed in what to say to a judge and a jury to help them realize that you were the victim, and you deserve compensation that will help reduce the stress you feel so you can focus on healing.

If your accident claim isn’t settled out of court, we’re prepared to tackle the difficult task of making sure it gets handled appropriately when it goes to court.

To get started, we just need to make sure that we’re a good fit.  Give us a call at 214-414-3808, or fill out the contact form on our site.  There’s no obligation to become a client, let’s get to know you first.

Do I have to Ride my Motorcycle with Headlights On?

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What you should Know about Daytime Headlight Laws

On a motorcycle, visibility is everything.

We know that people don’t watch out for riders.  So, to make sure they see you, it’s important to make sure that you’re easily seen.

While nobody wants to roll down the roadway wearing bright oranges and yellows, those colors would make you much more visible.  Of course, ensuring that your headlight is on will be the next best thing.

Do I have to use Daytime Running Headlights in Texas?

The short answer is, yes, you have to have your headlights on at all times when riding a motorcycle in Texas.

There is one caveat though.   If your motorcycle was manufactured before 1975, then you can get around the law.  You don’t actually have to have your headlight(s) on during the day if you are riding an older bike.

Most people don’t really even consider the headlight during their ride anymore though.  Modern motorcycles have a low beam headlight that is always on.  As soon as you fire up your hog, your lights come on.  The only switch is to flip over to the high beams when there isn’t any oncoming traffic and you’re intent on actually being able to see what’s coming up.

But, if you’re riding a bike from the late 1970’s, and your cruising without a light on, you could be ticketed.  Of course, there’s really no reason you wouldn’t want daytime running lights.

Why you want Daytime Running Lights

Having your light on makes you more visible to traffic.  However, there’s an issue that’s come up in recent years.

Most newer vehicles also have daytime running lights.  That means a motorcycle, with its single headlamp, gets lost in the crowd.  To make things worse, that single bulb can cause some difficulty when a driver is determining how far away the bike is and how quickly it is approaching.

There is a solution though!  You can get inexpensive bolt-on headlights for your motorcycle.  Installing 2 lights will give you that added unique character that you need to stand out from the crowd.  Now, with two lights instead of one, other motorists can accurately determine how far away you are.  And not only that, your unique look will make you stand out from the crowd of other vehicles whipping down the road.

Come to Herbert Law Group after a Motorcycle Accident in Texas

No matter how visible, no matter how many lights, and no matter how diligently you ride, you’re going to be at risk when you’re on your motorcycle.

All it takes is one inattentive driver, and your life is changed forever.

If that happens to you, don’t try to negotiate with the insurance companies without legal help.  They are powerful, and they know what you don’t know.

Instead, enlist the help of Herbert Law Group.  Our experience means we know just what to say to the insurance companies in order to get the settlement that you deserve.  One that will eliminate the financial worries from your wreck, so you can heal faster and more completely.

Give us a call at 214-414-3808, or fill out the contact form on our site to get started with your free consultation.