Motorcycle Accident Lawyer in McAllen-Harlingen
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McAllen, TX 78501
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At any given time there are hundreds of motorcycles on the road in McAllen, Harlingen, and all points between. Having many motorcycles on the road also means there's always a possibility of an accident occurring. Here's why motorcycle accidents can happen, what you can do to prevent one, and what you should do if you're in one.
Why Motorcycle Accidents Happen
There isn't one specific cause of motorcycle accidents. There are many of them. Some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents include the following:
Collision – Just like any other vehicle, a motorcycle is always in danger of colliding with something else. Sometimes it's other vehicles, but sometimes it's standing structures or really any other kind of object. Collisions of all kinds can occur for any number of reasons.
Inexperience – Riding a motorcycle requires practice and experience. Inexperienced drivers who do not understand how a motorcycle behaves on highways and streets are often prone to make poor judgment calls that lead to accidents.
Erratic driving – Motorcycles come with the lure of speeding, lane switching, or attempting other risky maneuvers. Dangerous driving habits can lead to accidents. When an inexperienced rider attempts these things, an accident is soon to follow.
Roads and weather – Motorcycles are not all-weather, all-terrain vehicles. Bad weather or an unkempt road can certainly lead to an accident. Bad weather on an unkempt road can almost guarantee one.
Driver impairment – Drugs, alcohol, and driving any motor vehicle is a recipe for disaster. An impaired driver is a dangerous one who does not belong on the road.
Notice that many of these things can lead to the other. Or, many of these things can occur simultaneously. For example, an inexperienced driver speeding on a rain-slick road will usually end badly, even if the accident isn't the motorcyclist's fault.
Also note that any kind of accident on a motorcycle can lead to serious injuries. That's because motorcycles lack a lot of the protection that comes with larger motor vehicles. A collision, or anything that throws you from the bike, can leave you with very, very serious injuries.
How to Prevent Motorcycle Accidents
There's no guaranteed way to prevent all accidents from occurring. After all, many accidents can occur through absolutely no fault of your own. However, it's important that you do everything you can to lower the possibility of an accident occurring.
Wear safety gear – Even in places where law does not require it, motorcyclists should still wear safety gear. This includes a helmet, jacket, boots, gloves, and other riding accoutrements. The difference between striking your head with and without a helmet can mean the difference between life and death.
Follow the rules of the road – The laws exist for everybody's safety. Observing the speed limit, signaling, and giving room between vehicles all goes a long way towards keeping you safe. You should especially avoid any high-risk behaviors.
Take classes or get training – An experienced rider is far more likely to have an accident. You should take classes, practice, and build your experience before taking to the road in earnest. Knowing your skill level is important. It will let you know what kind of riding you're prepared for.
Maintain your motorcycle – Proper maintenance can prevent accidents caused by malfunction. It will also help you to get a better, more intimate understanding of your bike.
Take note of the weather – Always take note of upcoming weather conditions before you hit the road.
Pay attention – Stay alert and stay cognizant of your surroundings. This is especially important when you share the road. It's equally as important when alone, as you should look out for hazards, bad road conditions, and signs of danger.
What You Should Do If You're In a Motorcycle Accident in McAllen/Harlingen
Unfortunately, even when you pay attention and follow all the rules, there's still the possibility that an accident can occur.
If you're in an accident:
- Call 911 and report the accident
- Obtain the other motorist's insurance and contact information
- Take down the information of any willing witnesses
- Take pictures of the accident, the vehicles, and the street
- File a police report
- Get yourself to a doctor, even if you feel fine
- Call a motorcycle accident attorney that serves McAllen-Harlingen
Of course, you should only do those things if you can. If you have an injury, then you need medical attention before anything else. If you can, have someone else attempt the previously mentioned steps for you.
As soon as you can, contact the Doan Law Firm. Even if you cannot accomplish all the needed steps, an attorney can take up the investigation on your behalf.
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