Protect Yourself Before You’re in an Accident
Summer is underway in the majority of the US. Here in Texas, motorcycle riding season is in full swing, and every day there are thousands of bikes on the road. Smaller than other vehicles, and exposed to the open air mean they’re exhilarating to ride, and also more dangerous. The majority of drivers and riders are bike aware, but those who aren’t lead to the 400+ fatal motorcycle wrecks each year.
Obviously, personal safety equipment is going to go a long way to help protect you as the motorcycle rider if you are in an accident. Wearing an approved helmet and clothing can be the difference between scrapes and bruises and death. But there is more that everyone on the road should know when driving during motorcycle season; especially if you need to enlist the help of a motorcycle accident attorney.
Be More Aware When on the Road
You know the saying, “Look twice, save a life.” It’s more important than ever to make sure that you’re aware of other motorists around you.
As the population of major cities across the country increase, more people will be on the roads with motorcycles. They easier to maneuver, cost less to operate, and help to reduce traffic jams.
At half the size of an SUV (a large bike is almost exactly half the size of a mid-sized SUV) it’s easy to overlook bikes on the road. For those riding, it’s hard not to be indignant when people don’t see you; they should be looking out. In order to save your own life, however, assume that people aren’t going to look twice.
If you plan to ride often, it’s advisable to invest in a camera system for your motorcycle. They can mount on the bike, on your helmet, or both. If you are hit, these cameras can prove that you were not that at-fault motorist.
Boost Your Insurance Coverage
There are some states that don’t require insurance coverage when you’re riding a motorcycle. Texas is not one of them. In Oklahoma, insurance is required as well, but the minimums are much lower. It’s tempting to try to save money by going with the minimums, but these minimums are not in your best interest.
When shopping for insurance, compare the rates for different amounts of coverage. You will usually find that it’s not much more to bump your coverage up to something that is adequate in case of a terrible wreck.
Keep in mind that you want to carry enough uninsured/underinsured coverage to make sure you’re taken care of if an uninsured driver hits you (or someone flees the scene).
Know when to Hire a Motorcycle Accident Attorney
The probability of being injured or killed if you’re in a motorcycle accident is far greater than if you are driving a vehicle. It’s simply a matter of less protection around you.
If you’re in a motorcycle accident and you’re injured; or if your loved one was killed in a motorcycle accident, you need a motorcycle accident attorney to help you navigate the process.
Most insurance companies will not propose a settlement that is enough to take care of your injuries, nor take care of the pain and suffering you go through if a loved one dies.
Talk with Zach Herbert Motorcycle Accident Attorney in Texas
Here at Herbert & Eberstein, Zach knows what needs to be done after an accident. Using cases that came before yours, he can argue that you deserve a larger settlement than what the insurance company is offering.
Working in both Oklahoma and Texas as your motorcycle accident attorney, Zach alleviates one more thing from your mind so you can focus on recovery.