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Tips for Selecting the Right Motorcycle for You

By King Law Firm on May 9, 2013 - Comments off

Texas Motorcyclist TipsThe choices available on today’s market for motorcycles can be overwhelming.  Bikes come in so many different models and configurations.  From simple scooters to heavy touring motorcycles capable of taking you across the country, choices abound.  However, don’t be overly influenced by the colorful, slick brochures available at dealerships.

Use Common Sense

Use your common sense when making a selection of the bike that is right for you.  Consider your purpose — what do you plan to do with your motorcycle?  Will you be off-roading, doing only weekend riding, or spending hours cruising on the highway?  What should you be looking for in a motorcycle best suited for you?

Consider the Size That Is Right for You

  • The weight of the bike is important.  You need to be able to handle the motorcycle and keep it safely balanced.
  • Seat height is also an important consideration.  Never purchase a bike that you cannot sit on with both feet flat on the ground.
  • The largest available motorcycle engine is in the 650cc range.  Never purchase a motorcycle that is far too powerful for your riding experience and skills.
  • One of the most recommended engine sizes for the beginning motorcyclist is the 250cc model.  These bikes offer enough power, handle well, and enable most riders to plant both feet on the ground.

Consider Buying Used

Especially if this will be your first motorcycle, consider buying a used one.  Purchasing a bike that has already been depreciated can save you a great deal of money.  Bikes, like automobiles, lose much of their value during that first year.  If your bike goes down, it will be less expensive to repair.  Many riders sell their bikes when they want to upgrade, making them generally in good condition.

This advice was brought to you by Austin motorcycle attorney and motorcycle enthusiast Ray King at the Ray King Law Firm.  Call “The Motorcycle Attorney” at (512) 637-1000 if you become injured in a motorcycle crash that was the fault of another for a free case evaluation.

Texas Detention Officer Dies in Motorcycle Crash

By King Law Firm on May 7, 2013 - Comments off

A Harris County detention officer has died from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident in which another vehicle was involved.  As reported by KHOU 11 News, investigators stated the man was riding his motorcycle westbound on FM 2920 when the driver of an SUV pulled out of a Kroger parking lot and into the path of his motorcycle.  The force of the impact was so severe that the off-duty officer was thrown from his bike, crossed the center lane, and struck an oncoming vehicle.

Witnesses to the crash were horrified.  One emphasized the importance of defensive driving these days because people “drive like idiots.”  The officer was transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital via Life Flight Helicopter where he remained conscious for a brief time, but physicians could not save him due to the severity of his injuries.  According to the preliminary investigation done by Precinct Four, the off-duty detention officer was wearing his helmet.  His damaged helmet was located at the scene of the crash.

The victim had moved to Texas with his family, his wife and young daughter, to accept a position with Harris County as a detention officer in the summer of 2012.  The victim was a native of Monroe, Louisiana where he graduated high school from Monroe Area High.

Texas fatal motorcycle accident attorney Ray King at the Ray King Law Firm knows that, sadly, helmets cannot always prevent loss of life.  Ray King is humbled in knowing that his law firm is the one family members of motorcyclists who have lost loved ones in crashes turn to in times of tragedy.  Our law firm handles only motorcycle accidents.  If a negligent motorist has caused the death of a loved one, call us at (512) 637-1000.  There are never any up-front fees.  Nothing can undo the pain of losing someone you love, but we can help your family recover the monetary compensation you deserve.

TxDOT Announces Widening of Highway Project in Killeen to Improve Traffic Safety

By King Law Firm on April 25, 2013 - Comments off

Texas Motorcycle SafetyAs reported in the Killeen Daily Herald, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) broke ground recently for a construction project that will widen a stretch of highway between W.S. Young Drive and Fort Hood’s Main gate.

According to Kevin Dickey, who is the director of transportation planning for the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), this is part of the $47 million U.S. 190 Copperas Cove Bypass project that began in 2011 and is now close to completion.  Dickey said that TxDOT expects traffic congestion on 190 to be relieved thereby making all motorists and motorcyclists safer.

Killeen’s part of the highway construction project will add one lane in each direction.  Also between the main gate at Fort Hood and W.S. Young Drive, bridges will be upgraded as will frontage roads.

Spokesman for TxDOT, Ken Roberts, said that the construction will improve traffic safety as well as increase the flow of traffic.  The recent growth in the Fort Hood area has placed a greater demand on existing transportation infrastructure and necessitating the improvements.  Roberts added that on some sections of U.S. 190 near Fort Hood there is just as much traffic as on Interstate 35.

This project coincides with Killeen’s Rosewood Overpass project, which was funded by what is called “Pass through Financing,” a program in which Killeen pays for the work.  TxDOT then refunds most of the money.

Ray King, “The Motorcycle Attorney,” at the Ray King Law Firm in Austin, applauds efforts on the part of the city of Killeen and the Texas Department of Transportation to improve the safety of military men and women, their families, and the entire Killeen community while they are driving on Texas highways.  If you are hurt in a motorcycle accident that was caused by the negligence of another, contact “The Motorcycle Attorney,” Ray King at the Ray King Law Firm.  Call (512) 637-1000 to discuss the details of your case free of charge.

Killeen Motorcyclist Loses His Life in Tragic Motorcycle Accident

By King Law Firm on April 23, 2013 - Comments off

Courtesy of kcentv.com, a tragic motorcycle accident in Killeen has resulted in the death of a Fort Hood soldier.  According to a Killeen Police Department spokesman, the man was traveling north on Bridgewood Drive.  He lost control of his bike and ended up crashing into a pickup truck that was parked.  The accident occurred near Golden Gate Drive.

The Killeen Police Department spokesman told reporters that the motorcyclist failed to negotiate a curve properly and went down.  Speed is thought to have been involved in the accident although at this point the accident investigation is preliminary. The driver was pronounced dead at Scott & White Medical Center shortly before 8:00 a.m. on April 15.  In April of 2010, the motorcycle driver had entered the military as a combat engineer.  Since August of 2012, he had been assigned to the 36th Engineer Brigade, Headquarters and Headquarters Company at Fort Hood.

For one year, February, 2011, to February, 2012, the motorcyclist was deployed for Operation Enduring Freedom.

Among several awards earned, he had received a Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, a National Defense Service Medal, and the Army Commendation Medal.

In accidents such as this, vehicle defects and problems with the road may lead to a biker losing control of his or her vehicle. Often, this loss of control can lead to a serious or fatal crash that he or she cannot prevent.

Austin Texas motorcycle accident attorney Ray King had his life changed forever when he saw a friend who was injured in a motorcycle accident being mistreated by an insurance company that was prejudiced against bikers.  Since that time, his legal practice has been dedicated solely to helping motorcyclists or families of motorcyclists receive the compensation they deserve if the accident was the fault of road conditions, faulty equipment, or a careless motorist.  Call (512) 637-1000 for a free case evaluation from an experienced motorcycle accident attorney.

Spring is the Perfect Time to Renew Motorcycle Safety Practices

By King Law Firm on April 18, 2013 - Comments off

Texas Motorcycle Safety PracticeSpring is here, and motorcyclists are getting ready to ride.  But before you ride, you should make sure your gear, your bike, and your skills are in shape, a reminder courtesy of Kirtland Air Force Base and kirtland.af.mil.  First think about the easy parts—your personal gear and your motorcycle.

Make sure your personal gear is in good shape and not worn excessively.  This includes the following:

  • ADOT-approved helmet
  • Leather protective outerwear
  • Leather gloves and boots
  • Eye protection

Use the TCLOCS method to jog your memory and make sure your bike is in good condition for that first spring ride.  TCLOCS refers to tires, controls, lights and the electrical system, oil and other fluids, chassis, and stand.  Inspect them all, make an honest evaluation, and then tell your mechanic what is needed to get your bike back in shape and ready to ride.

If you are one of many who take the winter off from riding your bike, you may need to remove the rust from your skills.  If it has been three or more years since your last Motorcycle Safety Foundation course, sign up for a course to refresh your abilities.  Another important acronym to help you stay alert, is SEE—search, evaluate, and execute.  This will help you remember the importance of being alert in order to manage the risks on the road.

Motorcyclists must evaluate traffic and road conditions and anticipate the unexpected—loose gravel in the road, a deer crossing in front of you, a truck losing part of its load, etc.  Remember how important it is to ride defensively as you head out for your first spring ride. If you become injured in a motorcycle accident that was the fault of another’s carelessness or negligence, contact Ray King, “The Motorcycle Attorney,” at Ray King Law Firm in Austin.  Call (512) 637-1000 for a free consultation regarding your case.

Spring Fun Run to Benefit Veterans of Foreign Wars

By King Law Firm on April 16, 2013 - Comments off

A spring fun run benefiting the Veterans of Foreign Wars will be held on Saturday, April 20th, 2013, at 7007 South Highway 183, in Lockhart, Texas.  Registration opens at 9:00 a.m.  First bike out will be at 10:00 a.m.  The event is sponsored by Chuck’s Leathers and Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) post 8927.

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

The ride fee is $15.00 for a single rider and $25.00 for a rider and a passenger.  The registration fee includes a pancake breakfast.  The ride begins at VFW Post 8927 in Lockhart and will go through the country, ending with a 50/50 drawing, a raffle, and a live auction—all benefiting the local Veterans of Foreign Wars Post.  There will be live music, a DJ, and much more.

A printable flyer is available along with more information at http://www.chucksleather.com/SPRING-FUN-RUN.html.

Call (512) 787-1623 for more information or to make a donation for the raffle and/or live auction.  Donations are still needed.  A limited number of vendor spaces are available.  To sponsor or to donate contact Chuck’s Leather at chuck@chucksleather.com.

Austin motorcycle accident attorney Ray King wants riders to be informed about upcoming motorcycle events in Texas that support worthwhile causes and organizations like the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Ray King, “The Motorcycle Attorney,” wants you to know that you can depend on him to protect your rights and fight to recover compensation if you become injured in a motorcycle accident caused by the negligence or carelessness of another.  Call (512) 637-1000 if you believe you have a case.

AMA Members Enjoy Unique Benefits at the Inaugural G.P. of the Americas

By King Law Firm on April 10, 2013 - Comments off

As reported by Cycle World, according to a press release from the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA), special member benefits are being granted to AMA members who attend the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas.  The MotoGP will be at Austin’s Circuit of the Americas on April 19th through April 21st, 2013.

This year marks the 64th year of the MotoGP, which was started in 1949 by the Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme as a World Championship.  The event is broadcast in over 200 countries and territories. MotoGP events are received as live or delayed same-day broadcasts. The event is seen in more than 337 million homes across the globe.

Geoff Moore, Chief Marketing and Revenue Officer of Circuit of the Americas, said that he thinks it is perfectly fitting that American Motorcyclist Association members be able to enjoy unique benefits while they are at the MotoGP. He called AMA members America’s most dedicated motorcyclists.  They bring their own unique brand of passion to any event they participate in, whether it is a track event or an amateur event to raise money for charitable causes on the local level.  Moore called the benefits offered to AMA members a way to thank bikers for their support of the basic rights of those who enjoy riding motorcycles and of the American Motorcyclist Association itself.

AMA members receive half-price VIP parking for their bikes.  They will also be participating in a free-of-charge special pit walk on Friday, April 19th.  AMA members should call (512) 301-6600, the Circuit of the Americas’ hotline, request the AMA ticket package, and provide their AMA number.

More information can be found at http://www.americanmotorcyclist.com.

This message was sponsored by Ray King, “The Motorcycle Attorney,” at the Ray King Law Firm.

Texas Senate Unanimous in its Approval of Penalty for Hit-and-Run Deaths

By King Law Firm on April 8, 2013 - Comments off

In a measure triggered by the 2011 death of a Tarrytown pedestrian, on March 27th, 2013, the Texas Senate approved legislation that would increase the penalty for those drivers who choose to leave the scene of a fatal accident.  The vote was unanimous.  This report is courtesy of statesman.com.

The legislation repairs a serious loophole in existing Texas law.  Up until now, if drivers do not stop after an accident to render aid, they are charged with a third-degree felony.  If they are drunk at the scene they face a more serious charge of second-degree felony.  If they flee the scene drunk, have time to sober up, and then are charged, the charge is the lesser one of third-degree felony even though they were drunk at the accident scene.  If the bill, sponsored in the Senate by Austin’s Senator Kirk Watson, passes the House and is signed into law, this loophole will be fixed.

According to the Associated Press and kvue.com, Senate Bill 275 makes the crime of leaving the scene of an accident a second-degree felony.  That more serious charge is the same as the charge for intoxicated manslaughter.   According to Watson, drunk drivers were fleeing the scene of serious accidents to keep from being charged with a more serious crime.  The loophole was brought to the forefront by a recent accident involving a Capitol staff member who caused the death of an Austin nanny.

If passed, under the new law anyone who leaves the scene of an injury accident could be imprisoned for up to 20 years and fined $10,000.

Austin motorcycle attorney Ray King at the King Law Firm applauds the bill that would make leaving the scene of an accident a more serious offense.  If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, or if a loved one has died in a motorcycle accident, and someone else was at fault, contact the King Law Firm by calling (512) 637-1000 for a free consultation.

Texas Department of Public Safety — Abilene Man Dies in Two-Motorcycle Collision

By King Law Firm on April 5, 2013 - Comments off

After being run over by another motorcycle rider, an Abilene motorcyclist is dead.  That is according to a statement released by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) as reported by reporternews.com.

Texas motorcycle attorney Ray King wants you to know that if you have been harmed or if a loved one has died in a motorcycle crash that was the fault of another, you have the right to recover compensation.

According to further information obtained from DPS investigating officer, Corporal Tim Pitts, the deceased, Gregory Glenn Wilson, age 54, was on Farm-to-Market 207, headed south when for an unknown reason he failed to make a curve.  The accident occurred on March 16.  After failing to negotiate the curve, Wilson’s Harley Davidson veered off the road and overturned.

Another motorcycle rider, Ryan Stotts, age 30, also from Abilene, was also going south on Farm-to-Market 207 when he too could not negotiate the curve.  According to the DPS statement, the Harley Davidson ridden by Stotts, after losing control ran over top of Wilson and his bike.  Wilson was transported to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital.  He was pronounced dead at 7:02 p.m.

According to the DPS investigating officer, the surface of the road was dry at the time the accident occurred, and the weather was sunny.  The cause of the tragic crash is as yet unknown.  The investigation is continuing.  According to investigating officer Pitts, neither motorcyclist was wearing a helmet when the accident happened.

Texas motorcycle accident attorney Ray King’s life forever changed after seeing a friend become injured in a motorcycle accident only to be mistreated by an insurance company that was prejudiced against bikers.  His entire practice is dedicated to helping motorcyclists recover the compensation they deserve after being injured due to another’s carelessness or negligence.  Call (512) 637-1000 to learn how a motorcycle attorney can help you.

Fort Hood Soldier Dies in Killeen Motorcycle Accident

By King Law Firm on April 3, 2013 - Comments off

Another Fort Hood soldier has lost his life in a motorcycle accident involving a member of the U.S. Army stationed there.  As reported by NBC KRIS TV 6, Sergeant 1st Class Ryan Kurth was taking a curve when he lost control of his motorcycle and was thrown from the bike.

Ray King, “The Motorcycle Attorney,” at the King Law Firm wants motorcyclists to be informed of accidents and to encourage our military to stay aware of the possibility of a motorcycle accident.  If you become involved in a motorcycle accident and suffer injuries as the result of the negligence of another, he will fight for your fair compensation, just as you have volunteered to fight for our country.

Kurth was originally from Corpus Christi, Texas.  According to the victim’s friends there, he graduated from Flour Bluff High School in 2004.  He had always wanted to be in the military so he joined the Army that same year.  He was only 26 years old at the time the motorcycle accident occurred.  He was married to his sweetheart from high school and was about to become a father.

Sergeant Kurth was an accomplished military veteran, having served two tours of duty in Iraq.

According to a Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) spokesperson, it is not known why the soldier lost control of his bike.  According to the DPS report, he was not wearing a helmet when the accident occurred.  He died at the scene.

Austin Motorcycle attorney Ray King at the King Law Firm knows all who ride bikes are susceptible to becoming injured in a motorcycle accident.  He encourages our military to be safe out there.  Motor vehicle drivers are not always aware of bikes at intersections and in blind spots.  Make yourself visible and wear protective gear.  If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident caused by the carelessness of another, call (512) 637-1000 to talk it over in a free consultation.

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