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Every time a motorcyclist takes to the open roads in Dallas, he or she is taking a risk that a careless driver will cause a serious accident. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over 4,500 motorcyclists are killed in accidents each year, and over 80,000 are injured. Texas has the second highest number of motorcyclist deaths in the county, second to Florida.

Many of those deaths and serious injuries could have been easily prevented if the motorcyclist had been cautious. About a third of motorcycle riders involved in fatal crashes were speeding. About a quarter of motorcyclists killed in fatal crashes did not have valid motorcycle licenses. An even more serious problem – over a quarter of motorcyclists killed in serious crashes had a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher.

In some cases, the motorcycle accident occurs due to the irresponsible driving of others or other conditions. Other drivers may be speeding or under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Drivers may not be paying careful attention and may not see the motorcycle in traffic. There may be poor weather conditions or problems with the roads like uneven pavement or loose gravel.

If you enjoy motorcycling, the odds are high that you will stay safe if you follow a few basic safety tips:

  • Always wear a helmet. No excuses. The odds of sustaining serious injury or death in the event of an accident without a helmet are much higher than with a helmet.
  • Never ride while you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • Get a motorcycle license. Besides keeping you legal, it proves that you are able to safely operate a motorcycle.
  • Keep the bike in good operating condition.

 

In some cases, you may be the safest biker on the roads, but another vehicle’s negligence may cause you to become involved in an accident. If so, call the Dallas-Fort Worth motorcycle accident attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 972-231-5800. We can help you pursue a case for your damages. Call to learn more or to schedule a free consultation.



Motorcycle Accident LawyerIf you put forth a little bit of effort, you’ll have a much better chance of finding the right motorcycle accident lawyer for your needs. Take your time and do your homework, and you’ll likely find that you have a high level of confidence that you have made the correct decision. The Barber Law Firm offers some advice on what you need to do when choosing your legal representative.

Get Sound Advice

You may see television ads for a particular motorcycle accident lawyer at all hours of the day and night. Or, you may have happened upon a great-looking website or even seen an attention-grabbing listing in the Yellow Pages. However, picking the right attorney involves much, much more.

Talk to friends and family members who may have needed this type of legal representation in the past. If someone you trust gives you advice, the odds are it will be good. However, you’ll also want to go deeper. Look at any local associations to find information on the attorneys that you are considering.

Ask the Hard Questions

Once you’ve narrowed down your list to two or three attorneys, talk to each one of them. Don’t be afraid to ask questions regarding each lawyer’s experience and track record of success in cases such as yours. Get a feel from each of them regarding the strengths and weaknesses of your case. You should also pay close attention to the way you’re treated, by not only each lawyer, but also members of his or her staff. If you are treated rudely in any way, that could be an indication of how you’ll be treated should you become a client.

At The Barber Law Firm, we want you to be as well informed as possible when it comes to choosing your Dallas legal representative. If you are looking for a motorcycle accident lawyer, contact us by calling 972-525-2550. If you are interested in sharing your experiences of searching for an attorney, click on one of the social media icons below.



There is nothing quite like riding a motorcycle down a country road, but it’s not without some risk. In 2011, more than 400 riders died in Texas alone, and half of them weren’t wearing helmets. One of the biggest factors in this type of accident is visibility. A motorcycle accident is often caused by simple lack of visibility. The driver of a car or truck often claims they didn’t see the motorcyclist, especially at night or during inclement weather. Drivers should check their blind spots, but motorcyclists should also be ready to react. Here is some information on preventing motorcycle accidents from the Barber Law Firm.

Be Proactive About Safety and Visibility to Avoid Accidents

Motorcycle Accident

There are things riders can do to keep safe on the roads. Some are obvious, but people don’t always think about the more subtle steps. If riders are careful, most of the time it’s easy to avoid a motorcycle accident. Consider the following:

  • Wear a reflective vest.
  • Wear a helmet and other protective gear.
  • Take a rider’s safety course.
  • Use hand signals.
  • Avoid riding at night if possible.

Keep Calm After an Accident

The more you ride, the greater your chances are of getting in an accident. If that happens, legal action may ensue, but never admit fault at the scene. To protect yourself, take the following steps:

  • Call 911 to activate police, fire, and medical assistance.
  • Exchange insurance and contact information with the other driver.
  • If possible, take photographs of the scene and obvious injuries.
  • Seek medical care.
  • Call for legal assistance.

There isn’t anything much worse than getting in an accident, but the financial and medical implications can also have huge effects. If you get hurt, call a Dallas personal injury firm. Even if you just have questions on the legal ramifications of a motorcycle accident in the Dallas area, please contact the Barber Law Firm at 972-525-2550.



Motorcycle AccidentIf you are involved in a motorcycle accident, you may be too stunned or shocked to think the situation through clearly. There are several steps to take after a serious accident, all of which are time-sensitive to a certain degree. From getting checked out by medical personnel to consulting with a lawyer from The Barber Law Firm, here are the steps you should take following a motorcycle accident.

Assess the Damage

Look over the damage to your motorcycle and any other vehicles that were involved. If possible, move disabled vehicles out of the flow of traffic, but do not leave the scene of the accident. If any of the parties involved need emergency medical care, call an ambulance. Otherwise, call the police to report a vehicle accident.

Get Examined by a Doctor

If there are paramedics on the scene, don’t refuse a medical examination. Many injuries that occur in a crash don’t cause serious problems until hours or days later. If there are no paramedics, visit your general practice physician as soon as possible.

File an Insurance Claim

Get the other driver’s license and insurance information and file an insurance claim as soon as possible. Try to call your insurance agent within 24 hours of the crash.

Call a Lawyer

If you are having trouble putting together your insurance claim, or you are facing high medical bills related to the accident, hiring a Dallas personal injury lawyer is a good way to make the process run more smoothly. The lawyers at The Barber Law Firm will fight for you and make sure that you get all the compensation you are owed. Call one today at 972-525-2550.



Motorcycle SafetyDeep down, most drivers have the urge to try a motorcycle at least once. With superior maneuverability and fuel efficiency, the freedom of the open air, and the rush of adrenaline motorcycles provide, it’s not surprising that riders are often the envy of others on the road. And while motorcycles offer a unique and thrilling riding experience, they do present some concerns.

Because accident injuries involving motorcycles can be severe, doing everything to prevent motorcycle accidents is critical. If you or someone you know has been involved in a vehicle collision, consult the Barber Law Firm for the best Dallas personal injury attorney you can find. But to avoid having to make such a consultation, be sure to do all you can ahead of time to stay safe before you even get on the bike.

If you’re not particularly experienced with the bike you’re planning to take for a ride, you may wish to defer to the experts by referring to the owner’s manual. Whether this is your first bike altogether or just the first model from a particular brand, it’s important to heed any advice the manufacturer thought important enough to print. Even if you have owned other motorcycles before, a new brand or even a newer model might have particular quirks or differences in operation that require a bit of learning.

As with any other type of vehicle, your tires play a crucial role in keeping you safe. And with two wheels instead of four, any defect on a motorcycle tire is potentially twice as problematic as one on a car. Thus, you should carefully check your tires for any rips, tears, or objects lodged in them. Additionally, you should assess your tire pressure with a reliable gauge—particularly one you own or one located at a reliable repair shop. The mostly neglected gauges at the corner gas station may not give you a precise reading.

Also be sure to review oil and coolant levels and check to see if your lights, turn signals, and horn are in working order so you can alert other drivers to your presence.

Before you get out on the road, keeping yourself safe is entirely your responsibility. When out driving, others’ behavior may impact you as well. If you end up injured as a result, call the Barber Law Firm at 972-525-2550 for experienced, effective service.



A 43 year old man and his female passenger were killed in a motorcycle accident in Dallas on Saturday. The accident occurred when the man slammed into the guard rail on a bridge and flew over the railing. They landed on a grassy slope on the north side of the R.L. Thornton Freeway. This tragedy reminds us that motorcycling can be deadly if proper precautions aren’t taken.

To ensure that you stay safe on your motorcycle for the remainder of the summer, there are a few basic safety tips to follow. First, be aware that roads can sometimes be more hazardous in the summer for motorcyclists. Highway construction is often more prevalent in the spring and summer months, and motorcyclists must alert to a larger number of constructions signs, cones, and other obstructions that sometimes end up where they aren’t supposed to be.

It can be tempting in the summer to wear shorts and a lightweight shirt while motorcycling. However, protective clothing is the only thing that stands between a biker and the surface of the road. Resist the temptation to stay cool and wear clothing that provides protection in the event of a crash.

If you haven’t ridden your motorcycle in a while, it’s probably a good idea to inspect your motorcycle. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation recommends using a T-CLOCS inspection: tires, controls, lights, oils & other fluids, chassis, and stands. Besides inspecting your motorcycle, you should start out by riding slowly and getting a feel for the motorcycle if you haven’t ridden recently.

During the summer months, there are usually more pedestrians and bicyclists on the road than at other times. Use extra caution, particularly in areas that are popular for pedestrians and bicyclists. You should also make yourself more visible to them by fluorescent or reflective clothing or tape whenever possible.

Motorcycle accidents end in tragedy more frequently than automobile accidents. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact the personal injury attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 866-986-1529.



A motorcyclist was killed after he tried to speed past traffic that had slowed down on Northwest Highway. The accident occurred shortly before 3 a.m. on June 21.

Minutes before the accident occurred, there was a prior accident on East Northwest Highway near Buckner Boulevard. That accident occurred when a right lane was closed for road work and another driver collided with one of the work vehicles, which knocked a large flashing arrow board into a middle lane of the highway.

Because of the accident, traffic was slowed, and the motorcycle driver accelerated through the stalled traffic that had piled up because of the accident. Tragically, the motorcyclist hit the back of the arrow board, and the board tore off his helmet. He was transported to the hospital but was pronounced dead from blunt force trauma to the head.

This accident is a tragic reminder that although it can be tempting to find a way to get through stalled traffic, possibly by speeding around it, that can be dangerous and can lead to another accident. Instead, it’s better to try to find a way to be patient until the accident has cleared. This problem is especially prevalent with motorcycles, who can zip between stopped cars to get past an accident much easier than other drivers.

Unfortunately, often one accident that stalls traffic on a busy road can often lead to more accidents. If you’ve been injured in a Dallas collision, contact the personal injury attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 866-986-1529. Our Dallas automobile accident attorneys have significant experience with helping accident victims recover for their injuries. Call us today.



A motorcycle rider was tragically killed in an accident Wednesday night in Dallas. The accident occurred on Northwest   Highwayat Pickwick Lanewhen a female driving a Hyundai turned east onto Northwest   Highwayand hit a motorcycle that was driving westbound on Northwest Highway. The motorcyclist, who was about to celebrate his 24th birthday, was speeding. He died at the scene. The driver of the Hyundai suffered only minor injuries.

Speeding on a motorcycle poses serious risks, primarily to the motorcyclist, but also to other drivers on the road. In 2010, 4,502 people were killed in theU.S.in accidents involving motorcycles. An additional 82,000 were injured. Among fatal accidents, approximately 35% of those bikers were speeding. That means almost 1,600 people in theU.S.died because they were speeding on a motorcycle. In addition, 27 percent of motorcyclists in non-fatal accidents had prior speeding convictions. Speeding is an especially big problem with motorcyclists under the age of 30.

Drinking and driving can be a contributing factor – when people drink, they can lose their inhibitions and do something they might not normally do. About 28 percent of all motorcyclists in fatal accidents have blood alcohol concentrations over the legal limit.

It’s always tragic when a young person loses his or her life because of an avoidable accident, such as this motorcycle wreck. If you or a loved one has been injured in a wreck with a motorcycle, call theDallaspersonal injury attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 972-231-5800. We will advise you on the best course of action to take.



Tragically, a motorcyclist was killed on Monday afternoon on the ramp that connects US 75 and I-635. The man hit the guardrail on the ramp and was thrown 150 feet to the ground. His motorcycle kept moving for another quarter of a mile before stopping. According to police, it’s unclear what caused the crash.

Motorcycling can be very dangerous, because a small mistake by either the motorcyclist or another driver, or a minor condition on the road, such as a pothole, can be deadly for motorcyclists. Have you been involved in a motorcycle accident due to another driver’s negligence? If so, contact Kris Barber, Dallas motorcycle attorney, at 817-527-8833 to learn more about your legal option.



Early this morning, a driver going the wrong direction on a divided six-lane street crashed into a motorcycle. The accident occurred on Robert B. Cullum Boulevard, north of Grand Avenue. The motorcyclist was taken by ambulance to the hospital. The driver was given a field sobriety test and failed and is expected to face criminal charges later today. The driver may have also been involved in another recent crash, because his vehicle had damage not related to the accident with the motorcycle.

Drunk drivers are a danger to everyone on the roads. This tragic accident could most likely have been avoided if the vehicle’s driver had chosen to call a cab, used a designated driver, or waited until sober to drive. Now, the driver faces criminal charges and the motorcyclist is recovering in the hospital. If you have been injured by a drunk driver in the Dallas area, contact Dallas automobile accident attorney Kris Barber at 972-231-5800.





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