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To protect your motorcycling rights, know motorcycling law

In our last post, we focused on the important steps to take if you get into an accident while you are motorcycling. The key message in that item was how to go about protecting your rights after a crash.

We tried to stress the importance of getting all the necessary information about other drivers involved and their vehicles, and the value of remaining guarded about taking blame for the accident or seeking to lay blame on someone else. That's something for experienced investigators to deal with. It's also recommended to leave dealing with insurance companies in the hands of experienced attorneys if seeking compensation for victims is needed.

Today, we offer some views regarding frequently asked questions about protecting yourself before a crash. At the core of things, this is really about knowing what the law is regarding motorcycling in the state of Texas. Because it is possible to take to the road without a specific operator's license in our state, some readers might not be aware of this information.

One of the more frequently asked posed questions has to do with helmets. Specifically, riders wonder if states have a right to regulate the wearing of helmets or not. The answer is that many courts have determined that states' interests in maintaining safety and controlling health care and liability insurance costs make regulation reasonable.

That doesn't mean all state laws are the same. As the American Motorcyclist Association observes, helmet requirements in Texas mandate approved head protection for riders under 21. Those over 21 don't have to wear a helmet if they have proof they've completed rider safety training or have medical insurance that specifically covers motorcycle accident injuries.

It is also essential to know that if you ride a motorcycle, you have to have basic liability insurance.

And, as always, if you do suffer injury due to someone else's negligence, speak with an attorney who can assess if you legal claim exists.

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