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Stay Safe on the Roads of Austin, Choose the Right Motorcycle Gear

By King Law Firm on June 13, 2013 - Comments off

No motorcyclist goes out on the roads of Austin believing that today is the day that he or she will be involved in a crash. However, with thousands of riders being involved in both serious injury and fatal accidents every year throughout the country, it is important that you are always prepared.

Austin motorcyclist injury lawyer Ray King has helped countless individuals recover from their losses and will help hold those at fault for the crash responsible for the trauma they have caused. After having seen so many accidents and the many different injuries that can result, Ray King wants everyone to know the importance of various types of safety gear.

  • Helmets: The most vital piece of gear for every rider, a helmet protects the brain and face of a motorcyclist in the event of a crash. Full-face helmets provide the most protection since they guard the lower jaw.
  • Spinal Protector: This will fit snugly over the back of a motorcyclist and keep his or her spine in place and guarded so that it is not hit, twisted, or otherwise harmed in a crash.
  • Jacket: The best ones will be made from leather, Kevlar, ballistic nylon, or cordura, which will withstand high-speed skids across the road and protect the skin of a rider.
  • Boots: With reinforced soles, toes, and ankles, these will prevent feet from being twisted and torn in the midst of a violent crash.
  • Gloves: These can be made from leather, cordura, or Kevlar and offer knuckle, wrist, and palm protection and reinforcement. This way, hands can be protected from skidding on asphalt and bones will not be broken in a collision.

If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident caused by another person’s negligent actions, call the King Law Firm at (512) 637-1000. Through a free consultation on your case, you can learn more about your legal rights and options in pursuing compensation for your losses. With the help of Ray King, you can protect the wellbeing of you and your loved ones.

Motorcycle Safety Foundation Publishes Newest IBook

By King Law Firm on June 11, 2013 - Comments off

Motorcycle Accident InjuryThe Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s (MSF) newest iBook is designed to help increase motorists’ awareness of motorcyclists. According to msf-usa.org, the Motorcycle Safety Foundation iBook titled “Intersection: Sharing the Road,” is the MSF’s latest effort at promoting safer habits for current motorcyclists, prospective motorcyclists, and motorists. This latest MSF book is available in 32 countries exclusively for iPads. The book is 32 pages in length and costs only 99 cents. It was created using the iBooks author app. The book has a beautiful design and is filled with interactive videos, pictures, and diagrams. iPad users simply tap on an image in order to read captions, watch videos, or browse photo galleries.

Highlights, bookmarks, notes, etc. are synced wirelessly with other devices, and when a reader leaves the iBook to return to later, the app remembers where he or she left the text. Tim Buche, president of the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, expressed the organization’s pride in “Intersection: Sharing the Road.” He said that the goal of the iBook’s publication was to reduce the number of motorcycle crashes. Motorists are to blame for more than 35 percent of motorcycle accidents. The goal of this project was to increase motorists’ awareness of motorcycles.

The theme of the iBook is that motorists, no matter what type of vehicle they drive, must be aware of motorcycles on U.S. highways. The iBook is intended to illustrate the importance of sharing the road.

This project is the second such effort to improve motorcyclists’ safety. The first was a guide for anyone with an interest in leading group discussions about motorcycle safety. Its title is “Intersection: Leader’s Guide.”

Austin motorcycle accident attorney Ray King applauds the Motorcycle Safety Foundation for its efforts to promote motorcyclists’ safety through education and rider training. The King Law Firm handles motorcycle accident cases. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence or carelessness, we will work hard to help you recover compensation you are entitled to. Please call us at (512) 637-1000 or complete our online contact form for a free consultation.

Ride Your Motorcycle to Work Day is June 17th in Austin

By King Law Firm on June 6, 2013 - Comments off

Austin Motorcycle Work DayJune 17, 2013, has been designated Ride Your Motorcycle to Work Day across Texas.  According to ridetowork.org and cyclefish.com, those who choose to ride their motorcycles or scooters to and from their jobs on this date will be demonstrating the following:

  • Motorcyclists come from all walks of life and have a wide variety of careers.
  • More people ride motorcycles than politicians and the general public are aware of.
  • Riding motorcycles to and from work can greatly reduce parking and traffic congestion.
  • Motorcycles carry a social aspect that benefits all riders.
  • Motorcycle riding is not just for recreational enjoyment; motorcycles can provide basic transportation — saving money on fuel in the process.

Event History

Motorcycle magazine editor Fred Rau was inspired in 1992 to draft an editorial in which he called for a national ride to work day.  The magazine was then called Road Rider but today is titled Motorcycle Consumer News.  The idea for the first ride to work day came from promotional materials such as T-shirts made by Aerostich Rider Wear.  The T-shirts’ message was “Work to Ride, Ride to Work.”

July 22, 1992, was the first ever Ride to Work Day.  The event experienced continued growth until, in the year 2000, Ride to Work, a non-profit group, was formed.  Their purpose was to organize and promote the event.  In 2008, the annual date for the event was changed to the third Monday in June.  Today, motorcyclists participate in the event worldwide.

Ray King, “The Motorcycle Attorney,” at the Ray King Law firm has earned the reputation of someone you can turn to and trust in the event of a motorcycle accident resulting in personal injury or death.  A motorcycle enthusiast himself, Ray King understands that insurance companies too frequently stereotype bikers and delay or deny payment in injury and wrongful death cases.  Have you or has a family member been injured in a motorcycle accident caused by someone else’s negligence?  If so, call us at (512) 637-1000 for a cost-free consultation.

Republic of Texas Bike Rally — Where Sturgis Meets Daytona

By King Law Firm on June 4, 2013 - Comments off

The largest biker rally in the state of Texas is set for June 13 through 16, 2013, at the Travis County Expo Center in Austin.  According to rotrally.com, the official website of the Republic of Texas Biker Rally (ROT), there are 130 acres on site, and more than 250 acres of park surround the site adjacent to Decker Lake.

From its beginnings in 1995 with the first rally, the event has shown steady growth through the years and has become the largest turnstile rally in the U.S.  The Texas Biker Rally is the fourth largest rally of any type in America.

The ROT Rally has evolved into a blend of all the best Sturgis and Daytona have to offer the motorcycle enthusiast — a combination hill country biking and party event.

ROT Military Bike Giveaway

A one-of-a-kind Republic of Texas theme chopper built especially for the ROT Rally this year by Danny Koker, the Count of Count’s Kustoms, will be won by some lucky U.S. serviceman or woman.  The chopper was built on an episode of Counting Cars that aired on the History Channel.  A bike is given away every year as a way of honoring U.S. servicemen and women for their service to our country.

ROT Rally 2013 — Classic Cars and Hot Rods

More than 100 vehicles, model years prior to 1980, will be displayed this year at what has become one of the most popular ROT Rally attractions, including the ever-popular muscle cars along with vintage trucks, classic cars, restomods, and hot rods.  There will also be on display vehicles represented by official car clubs like ATO Austin Thunderbirds, Austin Lowriding, Capitol City Thunderbirds, Central Texas Chevy Club, Friday Night Lights, and Amphicar.  The show will be on June 15 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Special thanks for support of the ROT Rally go to the city fathers, county commissioners, and local officials of Austin and Travis County.

This message is brought to you by rotrally.com and by Ray King, “The Motorcycle Attorney,” at the King Law Firm in Austin.

Contact information is available at http://www.rotrally.com/contactus.aspx

Safety Tips for Older New Motorcyclists in Austin

By King Law Firm on May 30, 2013 - Comments off

Texas Motorcyclist SafetyCourtesy of ConsumerReports.org, older riders are taking up riding motorcycles in increasing numbers.  Seniors are reliving their youth in some cases, but in others they are new to motorcycling and discovering that riding is not only fun but money-saving thanks to the price of gas these days.  Unfortunately, with age come poorer vision, more brittle bones, and slower reflexes.  Motorcyclists age 60 and over are three times more likely after a motorcycle accident to require hospitalization according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).  Still, it is possible to enjoy a lifetime of riding without an accident.

The following safety tips are offered for older riders but apply to most:

  • Avoid excessive speed.  According to the IIHS, in 2010, 48 percent of deaths in motorcycle accidents involved excessive speed.
  • Purchase a bike you can handle safely.  Many first-time riders are shocked at the performance of today’s motorcycles.  Also, the bike must fit you.  Both feet should rest comfortably flat on the ground when you are seated.
  • Buy a motorcycle equipped with anti-lock brakes.  Bikes with ABS were 37 percent less likely to be involved in fatal crashes according to IIHS data.
  • Enroll in a Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) safety riding course.  You will learn advanced techniques and emergency maneuvers.
  • Wear a helmet.  Helmets save lives in motorcycle accidents by helping to prevent potential trauma to the brain.
  • Wear gear designed to protect you in case you go down.
  • Ride defensively.  Drivers of automobiles were at fault in 60 percent of crashes between cars and motorcycles according to a recent study by the Center for Urban Transportation Research at the University of South Florida.
  • Do not ride in bad weather and be alert for road hazards.

These tips were brought to you by Ray King, “The Motorcycle Attorney,” at the King Law Firm.  If you become involved in an injury accident that was caused by another’s negligence, contact Austin motorcycle accident attorney Ray King.  Please call (512) 637-1000 for a free consultation.

Second Annual Ride for Jarren in Texas to Raise Support for Six-Year-Old Boy

By King Law Firm on May 28, 2013 - Comments off

A recent announcement has revealed that the second annual Ride for Jarren will be held on June 21.  The start location will be Collin County Polaris (formerly Family Power Sports), which is located at 2110 North Central Expressway in McKinney, Texas.  Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. and kickstands go up at 7:00 p.m.  The ride will end at J.W. Spain Athletic Complex, located at 400 Merit Street in Farmersville, Texas.  The registration fee is $20.00 per bike.  A barbeque dinner will follow ($10.00 per plate) and a live band will be performing.

This message is brought to you by letsride.com and by Ray King, “The Motorcycle Attorney,” at the King Law Firm in Austin.

A printable flyer about the event is available at http://www.lets-ride.com/event/flyers/2013_Jun_21_Ride-for-Jarren.McKinney-Texas_4867.png

Jarren Wayne McTee is a six-year-old boy who suffered oxygen deprivation during a traumatic delivery and is battling many obstacles in his young life.  Due to the lack of oxygen at birth he has hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE).  Jarren is working on being able to sit up on his own, talk, and develop enough muscle control to hold his head up.  Jarren uses a Dynavox motion-activated device for communicating as he learns to read and communicate at Tatum Elementary School.  Jarren loves baseball and was recently successful at running the bases for the first time with his walker.

The Ride for Jarren helps pay for medical needs, therapy, and medical equipment.

You may e-mail rideforjarren@gmail.com for more information.

Austin motorcycle accident attorney Ray King believes strongly in informing riders of upcoming Texas motorcycle events that support worthwhile causes such as this one.  If you become involved in an injury accident caused by another’s negligence, contact Ray King by calling (512) 637-1000 for a complimentary consultation.

The Aid and Support of the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association

By King Law Firm on May 22, 2013 - Comments off

The Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association (CVMA) is made up of combat veterans from all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces.  Their hobby is riding motorcycles, and their mission is to support and defend the people who have displayed the courage to defend our nation and the freedoms we enjoy as Americans.

Texas Motorcycle GroupMembers come from all 50 states.  Many live abroad and continue to serve in our Armed Forces, some in combat areas currently.  The association sponsors a variety of motorcycle charity events throughout the year.  They are a non-profit association and donate any proceeds to worthwhile veteran charities, such as veteran health care centers.

History of the CVMA

On May 1, 2001, 45 combat veteran motorcycle enthusiasts established the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association with the purpose of helping veterans.  A wearable patch has been adopted for the original 45 members to wear, showing that they were the original founding members of the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association.

The CVMA was well accepted by members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars at post and at division levels.  Acceptance on a national level met with little success, so in December 2002, the membership of the CVMA voted to no longer require VFW membership.  The association was opened up to all combat veterans who ride motorcycles.  Today, full combat members of the association wear a one-piece patch with the CVMA background and the old skull logo.

Nine chapters of the CVMA are located in the state of Texas.

Ray King, “The Motorcycle Attorney,” wants you to know that if you would like to learn about upcoming events sponsored by the CVMA, event dates and information can be found at www.combatvet.org/events/month.asp.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle crash in Texas caused by another’s negligence, you should know Ray King has served as a motorcycle accident lawyer and personal injury attorney for more than two decades, handling hundreds of cases like your own.  Call (512) 637-1000 for a free consultation about your motorcycle accident injury claim.

Fort Hood Officials Report Soldier Has Died in Killeen Motorcycle Accident

By King Law Firm on May 20, 2013 - Comments off

A Fort Hood soldier died from injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident in Killeen, Texas, on May 12.  Courtesy of the Fort Hood Public Affairs Office, the 1st Lieutenant was pronounced dead at 1:21 a.m. at Carl R. Darnall Medical Center.  The deceased Army soldier had been assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Calvary Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, and his home of record is Waldorf, Maryland.

According to a preliminary investigation, the Fort Hood soldier was riding a Suzuki Hayabusa motorcycle in Killeen on Robinett Road.  Officers say the soldier’s motorcycle struck a curb, crashing into a drainage ditch.  The bike had just passed through an intersection at Robinett and Edgefield.  A witness to the motorcycle accident called 911 just prior to 12:30 a.m. Sunday morning to report the accident.  Officers say the motorcyclist was wearing his helmet at the time of the crash.

The crash victim had deployed in support of Operation New Dawn from May through November of 2011.  He joined the military in August 2010 and had been assigned to his unit since April 2011.  His awards include the following:

  • Army Commendation Medal
  • Iraqi Campaign Medal with Campaign Star
  • National Defense Service Medal
  • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  • Parachutist Badge and Combat Infantry Badge
  • Global War on Expeditionary Medal Army Service Ribbon

Austin veteran motorcycle accident attorney Ray King at the Ray King Law Firm has become the attorney whom families turn to when they have lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident.  Helmet use cannot always prevent loss of life in a motorcycle crash.  Our law firm handles motorcycle accident cases.  We understand that nothing can bring a loved one back, but we will work to help your family recover the compensation you are entitled to if the motorcycle accident was the fault of someone else’s carelessness or negligence, poorly designed or maintained roads, or defective motorcycle parts.  Please call us at (512) 637-1000 for a free consultation.

The Benefits to Owning a Motorcycle in Austin

By King Law Firm on May 15, 2013 - Comments off

Texas Motorcyclist BenefitsIf you have always wondered why so many motorcycles are on Austin’s roadways, stop to realize the benefits of motorcycle ownership — especially in today’s world as opposed to your father’s generation.  Your father likely paid less than $2.00 for a gallon of gas and around $10,000 for a new automobile. 

Times have changed.

The King Law Firm and Austin attorney Ray King, “The Motorcycle Attorney,” wants you to take the time to consider the following benefits of owning a motorcycle.  If you ride already, you know many of these pertain to the wallet, but a few you may never have considered:

  • Motorcycles are more affordable.  Motorcycles, on average, are less than half the cost of a new car or truck.
  • Motorcycles have better fuel efficiency.  Many get double the miles per gallon of trucks and SUVs.
  • If you have a safe driving record, the cost of motorcycle insurance is much less than car insurance.  The average cost is around $200 per year as opposed to the average cost for car insurance — more than $1,000 per year.
  • Tolls are cheaper on a motorcycle.
  • Locating a place to park is easier.
  • Maintaining a motorcycle is less daunting than maintaining a car.  You may want to do some of the maintenance yourself.
  • Motorcyclists experience increased awareness on the highway.  Falling asleep is virtually impossible with the wind in your face.
  • Motorcycles are far friendlier to the environment.  They create less carbon emissions.

Finally, something every motorcyclist knows, riding a bike is simply fun.  Snuggle on your bike with your loved one, enjoy the natural scenery, join in group rides/activities, etc.

Austin motorcycle accident attorney Ray King’s entire legal practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of motorcyclists.  If you have been hurt in a motorcycle accident, or if someone you love has lost his or her life due to the carelessness/negligence of another, contact the King Law Firm today.  Call (512) 637-1000 for a free case evaluation.

Motorcycle Accident Involving Two Fort Hood Soldiers Leaves One Dead

By King Law Firm on May 13, 2013 - Comments off

A Fort Hood soldier died in a motorcycle accident on May 4.  As reported by The Killeen Daily Herald, the two-motorcycle crash left one Fort Hood soldier dead.  The accident occurred near the small town of Holland in eastern Bell County.  A fellow soldier on a second motorcycle involved in the collision remained in the hospital at the time of the report.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, the crash occurred at approximately 4:30 p.m. on Saturday afternoon when one man, age 20 and a resident of Killeen, on one motorcycle and a woman, age 24 and also a Killeen resident, on another bike collided with one another.

DPS Trooper Harpin Meyers told reporters both soldiers were riding their separate 2001 Suzuki motorcycles on Saturday afternoon when they were traveling eastbound, hit a curb, drifted into the westbound lane, and collided with one another.  They were traveling on Farm-to-Market Road 2268 in the west city limits of Holland at the time of the collision.

The male motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.  The woman was taken to Scott and White Hospital in Temple where she remained in stable condition with broken bones.

Helmets were being worn by both motorcyclists at the time of the crash.

Texas fatal motorcycle accident attorney Ray King at the King Law Firm realizes that helmet use cannot always prevent loss of life if you become involved in a motorcycle accident.  In times of tragedy, Ray King has become the attorney families turn to for help and understands that no amount of monetary compensation can bring back a loved one.  If a loved one has lost his or her life in a motorcycle accident that was caused by poorly designed roads, defective motorcycle parts or tires, or another’s negligence, Ray King can help your family recover the compensation you deserve.  Please call us at (512) 637-1000 for a free consultation.

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