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In an article posted in the official safety magazine of the U.S. Army, Knowledge, titled “A Leader’s Guide to Motorcycle Mentorship,” military commanders are offered advice on keeping motorcyclist soldiers safe. The Army feels that leaders who are concerned and engaged can help prevent injuries and deaths due to motorcycle accidents.
Motorcycle accident lawyer Ray King’s life changed when he saw a friend injured in a motorcycle crash and then mistreated by an insurance company. Just because his friend rode a motorcycle, the company was biased against him. Since then he has dedicated his legal practice to helping Texas motorcyclists whose rights have been violated.
The U.S. Army advocates a motorcycle mentorship program (MMP) along with Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) basic and experienced rider courses. New riders should be paired with experienced riders who serve as mentors until certain safety milestones are met.
The following examples are offered to identify and hopefully change riders’ high-risk behaviors:
- A soldier who has a history of undisciplined actions
- A soldier who has behavioral issues
- A soldier who considers himself or herself to be indestructible
- A soldier who resents taking MSF courses and is not willing to participate in a mentorship program — this soldier may need motorcycle safety training and guidance most
- Inexperienced riders who try to ride machines which are much too powerful for their skill level
- Motorcyclists who have not ridden in a long time but believe they can ride with the same skills they once had
Motorcycle lawyer Ray King wants Fort Hood soldiers to avoid risks of becoming injured in a motorcycle accident. If you have been injured as a military vet in a motorcycle crash that was caused by the negligence of someone else, or if you want someone to defend your rights against insurance companies, contact Austin motorcycle accident attorney Ray King today. Call (512) 514-6633 for a free consultation regarding your motorcycle accident injury claim.
According to a news release dated January 24, 2013, from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), red light running decreased at Arlington, Virginia camera-equipped intersections. The longer into the red light portion of the cycle the more dangerous the running a red light violation becomes, and the risk of accidents resulting in personal injuries increases. Austin motorcycle accident attorney Ray King at the King Law Firm is experienced at securing the compensation you deserve after injuries suffered when a negligent driver crashes into your motorcycle while running a red light.
Camera-induced decreases in running red lights were especially significant for those most dangerous violations occurring one and one half seconds or longer after the light had turned red. According to Anne McCartt, IIHS vice president for research and lead author of the study, “automated enforcement with intersection cameras can directly modify drivers’ behavior.”
Approximately 540 U.S. communities currently use red-light intersection cameras. That number continues to grow as studies continue to demonstrate improvement in safety. Courtesy of a 2011 IIHS study conducted among big cities with red-light cameras in use for some time, the fatal crash rate for red light running has been reduced by 24 percent. All crashes, even those that did not involve the running of red lights, decreased at traffic signal intersections by 17 percent.
Cameras were put in place at four Arlington intersections where heavy traffic is the norm. After a 30-day waiting/informational period $50.00 fines began to be issued for violations caught on camera. Press releases informed the public when ticketing started. Red light violations went down as one year passed from the start date of ticketing.
The Austin motorcycle accident attorneys at The King Law Firm, P.C., have earned quite a reputation for serving as advocates for our clients who have been injured in a motorcycle accident. If you have been injured or if a loved one has died in a motorcycle crash, contact the King Law Firm for a free consultation. Please call (512) 514-6633.
The city of Austin, Texas and the Austin Police Department make annual crime and traffic reports available to the public on their website: http://www.austintexas.gov/page/annual-crime-traffic-reports. The most recent reports available are for the calendar years of 2010 and 2011. Discovering the causes and types of traffic accidents in the city helps residents understand the nature of crashes and possibly avoid becoming involved in crashes themselves.
In 2011, there were 48 Austin crashes resulting in fatalities, with 54 people dying in these crashes. There were 49 deaths, five fewer, in Austin vehicle crashes in 2010.
Forty-one percent of those who died in Austin traffic accidents in 2011 were occupants of motor vehicles. In addition, 41 percent were pedestrians, 16 percent were motorcyclists, and two percent were bicyclists.
Motorcycle Helmet Use
Of all Austin motorcycle crash deaths recorded in 2011, 44 percent of victims were not wearing helmets. The remaining 56 percent wore helmets.
Of all Austin vehicle occupant deaths in 2011, 41 percent of those who died were not wearing their seatbelts while 50 percent were wearing seatbelts. Seatbelt use among the remaining nine percent is unknown.
Twenty-one percent of Austin’s traffic fatalities in 2011 involved a driver impaired with alcohol. This is down from 53 percent in 2010.
Speed was a contributing factor in 23 percent of Austin traffic deaths that occurred in 2011.
Location of Fatal Austin Accidents
Forty-four percent of Austin traffic fatalities occurred on freeways, and the remaining 56 percent on other streets and roads.
Finding Justice for Lost Loved Ones
If you or someone you care about has been injured in a traffic accident caused by the negligence of someone else, a drunk driver for example, contact a Texas motorcycle accident lawyer at the King Law Firm. Please call us at (512) 514-6633 to discuss your potential case free of charge.
There are many potential causes of Texas motorcycle accidents. While many collisions are the direct result of car or motorcycle driver negligence, some accidents involve dangerous or defective roadways. According to the Texas Department of Traffic, 479 motorcyclists were killed and 5,970 were seriously injured in Texas traffic accidents in the year 2011.
In the year 2011, there were 381,463 reported traffic accidents in Texas. The Texas Department of Transportation reports that 32,807 accidents occurred in wet conditions and 5,880 involved icy conditions; 1,584 accidents occurred on sand, mud, or dirt; 972 involved standing water on the road; 912 occurred in snow; and 473 Texas traffic accidents occurred in slush.
Wet and icy conditions are not the only types of hazardous roadway conditions that can pose serious hazards to motorcyclists. In fact, motorcyclists can lose control of their vehicles if they strike a pothole, an uneven surface, or gravel on the roadway. When an accident results from these types of conditions, a skilled lawyer will ask a number of important questions. Did the governmental agency responsible for maintaining the roadway know of the dangerous conditions? Have there been similar accidents at the same location?
In cases involving government negligence, financial compensation may be available for the victim’s injuries and damages. A successful claim can result in compensation for the victim’s medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, hospitalization costs, and other related damages.
The Austin motorcycle collision attorneys at the King Law Firm protect the rights and best interests of injured motorcycle riders. If you or a loved one has been hurt in a Texas motorcycle crash, please call our offices at (512) 514-6633 for a free consultation and case evaluation.
Harley-Davidson Motor Company has announced a recall of 2,798 motorcycles. Harley-Davidson Inc. is an American company founded in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Harley-Davidson motorcycles are manufactured at four locations in the U.S. today in the states of Wisconsin, Missouri, and Pennsylvania. As reported by Fox6Now.com, the recall has been issued because of a potential defect in the license plate bracket assembly. The bracket’s assembly may become loose causing it to detach from the rear fender. Contact with the rear tire could occur, the license plate bracket could then rotate, coming into contact with and causing damage to the rear brake line.
Brake Problem May Be Gradual
Damage to the rear brake line may not immediately be noticed but could gradually impair brake performance. A crash could result, which could cause injury or death to the riders. Motorcycle accident lawyers are familiar with the serious risk of harm or death that defective parts or manufacturing can create.
Harley-Davidson has filed documents with the U.S. National Highway Safety Administration indicating that the models affected include all 2012 and certain model year 2013 VRSCDX made between June 14, 2011 and August 1, 2012. The company notified owners and is in the process of repairing the problem with no charge to the owner.
If owners suspect their motorcycles should be included in the recall but have not been informed yet, they can contact Harley-Davidson by calling (414) 343-4056. Owners may also call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236.
Finding Justice for Your Losses
Motorcycle manufacturers have the responsibility to make safe bikes free of defective parts. If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle crash caused by a defective part or defective workmanship, contact Austin, Texas attorney Ray King to get the money you need to recover and ride again.
When a collision occurs between a motorcycle and another vehicle, it is the motorcycle rider and/or passenger who will likely suffer serious or even fatal injuries. As such, knowing and understanding the common causes of motorcycle accidents can help riders avoid a serious crash. Some of the most common motorcycle accident causes include:
- Alcohol or drug use: Alcohol and/or drug use on the part of a motorcyclist or on the part of another motorist is one of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents. When a motorist is impaired by drugs or alcohol, he or she is more likely to lose control of the vehicle and cause a collision.
- Failing to yield the right-of-way: Motorcycle riders and passengers are often victims of crashes where the other driver fails to yield the right-of-way at an intersection or while making a turn into a parking lot or driveway. Negligent drivers often fail to observe oncoming motorcyclists before making a turn.
- Distracted driving: A distracted driver who is texting or looking at a cell phone is more likely to cause a devastating motorcycle accident.
- Unsafe lane changes: When a motorist makes a lane change in front of a motorcycle, the rider has very little time to avoid the collision.
- Dangerous roadway conditions: Potholes, uneven pavement, and intersections that lack visibility are examples of dangerous and defective roadway conditions that can cause devastating motorcycle accidents.
- Defective products: A faulty part or a defectively manufactured motorcycle can also cause the rider to lose control and crash.
Depending on the circumstances of the crash, the at-fault party can be held liable for a motorcycle accident. The experienced Austin motorcycle accident injury lawyers at the King Law Firm help injured motorcycle accident victims obtain fair compensation for their significant losses. Please contact us at (512) 514-6633 to obtain more information about pursuing your legal rights or use our online Contact Form for assistance.
A new report issued by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) reveals that the annual cost of motorcycle accidents totals $16 billion. Though the direct costs from motorcycle accident-related fatalities and injuries totaled this amount, the full cost is likely higher to measure because long-term medical expenses are difficult to measure. The GAO findings, which were published in a November report for congressional committees, sourced data from various government agencies, such as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Interviews with industry organizations were also conducted and officials from 16 states were consulted for the study.
The $16 billion annual cost was tallied for motorcycles crashes from 2010, and approximately 95,000 motorcycle accidents occurred that year with 4,423 fatalities. The GAO report cites an NHTSA estimate that three-quarters of the costs of motorcycle crashes are born by society, and largely through medical and insurance payments. The report acknowledges several contributing factors to motorcycle collisions, such as alcohol, speeding, and rider training, but it does determine that universal helmet laws are the most effective means for lowering fatality rates.
The GAO report recommends that Congress offer more flexibility to states regarding the use of grant money given by the NHTSA, which is currently restricted to motorist awareness and motorcyclist training programs. The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) has, however, lobbied against the use of federal funds for safety efforts such as motorcycle-only checkpoints. The group also opposes universal helmet laws.
As this report indicates, motorcycle accidents have an extremely high cost for the rider, which is why it is essential that a motorcyclist injured due to the negligence of another person obtain compensation to help them recuperate. For professional legal representation in your motorcycle accident case, contact a motorcycle crash attorney in Austin at the King Law Firm. Our skilled legal team will work diligently to get you the compensation to which you are entitled. Contact us for a complimentary consultation.
A 30-year-old man was seriously injured in a traffic accident when a car collided with his motorcycle. According to a news report in The American-Statesman, the Austin motorcycle accident occurred at Manchaca Road and Frate Barker Road. Officials have not released information regarding who was responsible for the crash or if either motorist failed to obey the traffic lights at the intersection. It does appear that the injured victim was not wearing a helmet at the time of the collision. He was critically injured and transported to a nearby medical center.
Since motorcycles are smaller than passenger vehicles, drivers who are distracted, speeding, intoxicated, or fatigued can easily overlook approaching motorcyclists. It is important when these accidents occur to determine who was responsible and how the collision could have been prevented.
There are several questions that must be asked. Did the driver fail to obey the traffic lights at the intersection? Was the motorist talking on the phone or otherwise distracted at the time of the collision? Was the driver’s negligence a contributing factor in the crash? In such cases, financial compensation may be available for the victim’s losses.
A skilled motorcycle accident lawyer can help an injured rider pursue fair compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, loss of earning potential, and other related damages. In cases involving serious injuries, it is crucial for victims to secure quality legal representation to make sure that their rights are protected.
The experienced Austin motorcycle crash lawyers at King Law Firm fight for the best interests of our clients. We provide free consultations to anyone who has been injured in a Texas motorcycle crash. Please contact us at (512) 277-5762 to find out how we can help you.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident in Austin, you may be wondering about the steps you may need to take in order to protect your rights. The first thing you should do after an accident is to call 9-1-1. If you have been injured, do not move until emergency medical personnel arrive and do not refuse medical treatment. If you have not been injured, it would be a good idea to gather as much information as possible.
Write down the license plate numbers and the make and model of the vehicles involved in the crash. If you have a cell phone with a camera, take photos of the accident scene. Collect insurance information from all parties involved. If someone saw the accident, be sure to get his or her contact information as well. When the police arrive at the scene, it is important that you get your account of the incident into the police report. Do not admit fault for the accident. Simply provide officers with the facts and provide an accurate account of what occurred.
Do not repair your motorcycle until the damage has been properly documented. Take photos of your damaged vehicle as well. It is also important that you seek prompt medical attention. This will not only ensure that you recover quickly and completely, but it will also make sure that there is a record of your injuries and the treatment you sought. Keep a record of all the expenses you have incurred due to the accident, including motorcycle repairs, doctor visits, missed work, cost of medications, etc. Do not rush into a settlement with the insurance company without first talking to an experienced lawyer.
The experienced motorcycle crash attorneys at the King Law Firm represent motorcycle accident victims and their families. We help injured clients obtain fair and full compensation for all their injuries, damages, and losses. Please contact us at (512)277-5762 to obtain more information about pursuing your legal rights.