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The Benefits to Owning a Motorcycle in Austin

By King Law Firm on May 15, 2013

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) 375-4455 for a free case evaluation.

Motorcycle Accident Involving Two Fort Hood Soldiers Leaves One Dead

By King Law Firm on May 13, 2013

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) 375-4455 for a free consultation.

Tips for Selecting the Right Motorcycle for You

By King Law Firm on May 9, 2013

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) 375-4455 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

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) 375-4455.  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

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 community while they are driving on Texas highways.  If you are hurt in a Killeen motorcycle accident that was caused by the negligence of another, contact “The Motorcycle Attorney,” Ray King at the Ray King Law Firm.  Call (512) 375-4455 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

Courtesy of, 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.

Killeen 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) 375-4455 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

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  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 King Law Firm in Austin.  Call (512) 375-4455 for a free consultation regarding your case.

Spring Fun Run to Benefit Veterans of Foreign Wars

By King Law Firm on April 16, 2013

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.

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

Austin veteran 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) 375-4455 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

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

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

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

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, 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) 375-4455 for a free consultation.

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