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Why Voting Matters

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As we enter the election season, it is important to be reminded just how much voting matters.

The government of the United States of America is a government that was established of the people, by the people and for the people. But to truly have our voices heard, more people need to vote instead of staying home and letting others decide who leads our country, our state, and our county.  It is important to vote no matter how “big” or “small” the election seems.

In municipal and school board elections, it isn’t uncommon to see a turnout of only four to six percent of the electorate. That means that four to six percent of your local population is responsible for selecting leadership who will determine the decisions and direction for your local community. Who votes has a powerful impact on public policy.

It seems that today, perhaps more than ever before in recent history, citizens are concerned about our government — on both a local and national level. Will 2016 be the year of change, when citizens turn their concerns and complaints into action?

If you think your vote doesn’t matter, think again. In 1800, Thomas Jefferson was elected President by a single vote in the House of Representatives after a tie in the electoral college. In 1845, the U.S. Senate passed the convention annexing Texas by two votes. In 2000, George W. Bush won the state of Florida by just 537 votes out of nearly six million voters in the state.

Every vote matters.

Take time to educate yourself on elections. Know where the candidates stand on issues that matter to you and your community. A concerned and informed electorate is a better one.

Voting is a quick process — at most you may give a few hours of your day to have your voice heard. Are those few hours worth the years of disappointment in the government if you choose not to vote? Before you complain about our government again, make the commitment to vote in the next election. If you choose not to vote, you should have no right to complain.

Our nation, our state and our way of life depend on the power of the people. Voting is the means given to you to have your voice heard.

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By : Tim O'Hare /February 04, 2016 /Blog /0 Comment Read More
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Finding CHRIST in Christmas

“Look for Christ and you will find Him. And with Him, everything else.” – C.S. Lewis

This year it seems our culture has gone further than ever before in its attempts to take Christ out of Christmas.

From replacing “Merry Christmas” with “Happy Holidays,” to removing Nativity displays from public property, society is certainly more concerned with being politically correct than recognizing the One True Reason for this season.

It’s easy to watch the news and wonder what’s gone wrong with our world, but the answer is so simple. We’ve neglected the baby in the manger, and have replaced him with consumerism and man-made idols.

If you’re seeking peace, love, joy, or hope this Christmas, you won’t find those wrapped under your tree. To find true joy, hope, and peace, you must first find Christ. As C.S. Lewis put it, “Look for Christ and you will find Him. And with Him, everything else.”

You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart,” the Scriptures tell us in Jeremiah 29:13.

When we take time to remember, reflect upon, and honor the One God sent to bring us love, peace, joy, and hope, we will find them in the most unexpected way. We will find love, peace, joy, and hope in the baby in a manger — God’s only Son who was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, and died as a sacrifice for the sin of all men.

Christ defeated death, and on the 3rd day, he was alive again. It is through belief in Christ’s sacrifice for our sins, his death, burial and resurrection that we can know true love, joy, and peace, and have hope of eternal life in heaven when our time on earth is over.

This gift — Jesus — is a free gift; one you have the choice to accept or reject. If you choose to accept this gift, and believe in the birth, life, death and resurrection of Christ to cover the gap between you and a perfect, holy God, you can have eternal life

All you need is faith. As the Scriptures say, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9

Seek Christ this holiday season and with Him you will find everything else.

From our family to yours, Merry CHRISTmas!

By : Tim O'Hare /December 23, 2015 /Blog, Uncategorized /0 Comment Read More
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3 Tips to Stay Safe During Holiday Travel

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by Tim O’Hare

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The holiday season is one of the most deadly times to be on the road. Christmas and New Year’s holidays are among the 10 most dangerous days to drive. Stress of the holiday season and busy roads can lead to more aggressive driving, according to a State Farm survey which found that 32 percent of drivers were more likely to show signs of aggression or road rage during holiday travel.

According to research from multiple sources, other dangerous days to be on the road include: Memorial Day weekend, the start of daylight savings time, Black Friday, NFL game day, Friday the 13th, July 4th, Thanksgiving, and St. Patrick’s Day.

After analyzing 10 years of crash data in Alabama, David Brown, a University of Alabama professor found that the six days around Christmas were especially deadly, with 27 percent more accidents occurring on those days than New Year’s Eve.

New Year’s Day almost always ranks in the top five deadliest days of the year, and in most cases, alcohol is a factor. According to data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), January 1 is the No. 1 day of the year with the highest percentage of deaths related to alcohol. Analysis by the National Safety Council of accidents occurring over the New Year’s holiday between 2007 and 2011 found that about 42 percent of all traffic fatalities were related to drunk driving.

Holiday parties often come served with a large dose of alcohol — the more a person drinks, the more impaired his or her decision-making will be. One wrong decision to drink and drive could be deadly for you, or someone else.

It is possible to enjoy the holidays without putting your life in danger; believe it or not, choosing not to drink doesn’t mean you’ll miss out on holiday fun.

3 Tips to Stay Safe During Holiday Travel

Don’t be a victim of drunk driving. Here are three tips to stay safe on the roads this holiday season:

Choose a designated driver. If you’re going to a holiday party and you plan to consume alcohol, plan ahead and select a designated driver or alternative form of transportation. Before you get to the party, know exactly how you will get home. If you’re hosting a party and serving alcohol, be sure to provide plenty of nonalcoholic drink options for the designated drivers.

Avoid late night driving. Nobody wants to be the party pooper who leaves just before the end ball drops on New Year’s Eve. But if it means getting home safely, it’s worth it. Leave the party early so you can avoid the late night rush of potentially dangerous drivers and start 2016 off in one piece.

Drive in the right lane. Sticking to the right lane can save your life from drunk drivers, and wrong-way drivers alike. Often times drunk drivers drift out of their lane or into oncoming traffic. The further you are to the right of the road, the better your chances of avoiding being sideswiped or hit head-on by a drunk driver.

Don’t let the fear of becoming a victim of drunk driving keep enjoying the festivities this holiday season. Just be sure to plan ahead and make smart choices to keep yourself and others safe.

If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed as a result of drunk driving, contact The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare for a free consultation with a Dallas and Ft. Worth personal injury attorney.

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By : Tim O'Hare /December 18, 2015 /Blog, Dallas Personal Injury Attorney /0 Comment Read More
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So Many Reasons to Give Thanks

by Tim O’Hare

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Thanksgiving is once again upon us, and as I reflect on the past year, I am reminded just how many reasons I have to be grateful. I have been reflecting on the many blessings I have in my life, each of them, a reason to give thanks.

Here are just a few of the things for which I am grateful this year.

I am thankful for our Savior. Without CHRISTmas, we could not truly have Thanksgiving, so during this season, I find so much gratitude in the hope I have in Jesus Christ.

I am thankful for my loving wife and to have a happy home with my family where we share so much love.

I am thankful for three healthy little girls. Being a father is the most important job I will ever have, and I’m thankful the Lord entrusted these three souls to their mother and I.

I am thankful for my job and for all of our clients, past and present. I am blessed to have the opportunity to walk with clients through some of the most trying times of their lives. It is my honor to serve them and to be a small part of their journey.

I am thankful for our country and for Texas. Lest we not forget the freedoms we are afforded in this great nation, and may we always strive to protect those freedoms.

Thanksgiving is a season to reflect, but it’s important that gratitude remains a consistent attitude, all year long, not just during this season. Living a life of thanksgivings shifts my perspective from the things that may be going wrong in life to the many blessings I do have.

As Americans we are among the most blessed in the world. More important than that, however, I believe we should consistently remember the blessings bestowed on us by our Father in Heaven, the blessings of family, friends, faith and ultimately, the hope of salvation through Jesus Christ.

With that in mind, from the O’Hare family to yours, HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

By : Tim O'Hare /November 25, 2015 /Blog /0 Comment Read More
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Travel Safety Tips to Keep Your Family Safe

Thanksgiving Travel Safety Tips

by Tim O’Hare

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Gas is the cheapest it has been since 2008, and airline tickets cost 10 percent than they did at this time last year, and that means more Americans are traveling this holiday season. According to the AAA Travel forecast, nearly 47 million Americans will travel for Thanksgiving. The majority of those (about 90 percent) will be on the roads, driving to and from their destinations.

With so many people on the roads this Thanksgiving season, the potential for car accidents is high. Don’t let a car accident ruin your Thanksgiving holiday. Here are a few holiday travel safety guidelines to help ensure the safety of you and your family.

Check your vehicle fluid levels, battery and fill up with gas before leaving. Proper car maintenance and a full tank of gas can go a long way to ensure you don’t become stranded during your travels.

Gather an emergency supply kit. Be prepared with emergency supplies in case of an accident, breakdown or medical emergency. A basic emergency kit should include a flashlight, blanket, first-aid kit, tools and bottled water.

Avoid stopping on the shoulder. Many accidents occur when drivers become stranded on the side of the highway. If your vehicle breaks down or you are in an accident, remember your safety is paramount. If possible, pull your car completely off of the road. If you must stop on the shoulder, all vehicle occupants should exit the vehicle on the side opposite oncoming traffic and wait for help as far back from the road as possible. Turn on your hazard lights and set up safety triangles behind and next to your vehicle to warn other drivers.

Recognize “Move Over” laws. Keep your eyes out for other drivers who may be stranded. If you see a vehicle on the side of the road, slow down and move over.

Don’t overload your vehicle. Your car has a specified weight limit. Check the load capacity on your car, which is typically printed on a label inside the driver’s side door, to be sure you aren’t overloading your vehicle with luggage and passengers.

Don’t drive distracted. Drinking and driving, as well as texting while driving are leading causes of accidents nationwide. Drivers who text while driving are four times more likely to be in a car accident. Keep your focus on the road.

Avoid late night driving. Nighttime makes it more difficult to see the road as well as other traffic. Plan your holiday trip to avoid traveling at night.

Drive in the right lane. Sticking to the right lane can save your life from drunk drivers, and wrong-way drivers alike. Often times drunk drivers drift out of their lane or into oncoming traffic. The further you are to the right of the road, the better your chances of avoiding being side swiped or hit head-on by a drunk driver.

If you or a loved one has been injured or even killed as the result of a car accident, contact The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare for a free consultation with a Dallas/Ft. Worth personal injury attorney.

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By : Tim O'Hare /November 20, 2015 /Blog /0 Comment Read More
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Car Recalls: What You Need to Know

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Toyota has issued a recall of 6.5 million vehicles worldwide — about two-thirds of their annual global production — for a faulty window switch. The defect in power window switches could short-circuit leading to a fire. In one incident related to the recall, a motorist reported a hand burn.

About 2 million vehicles in the U.S. are affected by the recall, including: the 2009-2011 Corolla, Matrix, Sequoia, and Scion xB; 2008-2011 Highlander and Highlander Hybrid; 2006-2011 RAV4; 2006-2010 Yaris; 2009-2010 Scion xD; and 2007 and 2009 Camry and Camry Hybrid.

While the latest Toyota recall is widespread, the issue is relatively minor and has not lead to any known serious injuries or deaths. However, the recall does bring to light the importance of consumers being aware of recalls on their vehicles — and being provided the necessary information and repairs to ensure the vehicles they drive are safe.

Common car defects requiring recalls

According to the NHTSA, some of the most common defects that may lead to a vehicle recall include:

  • Problems with accelerator pedals or brake mechanisms freezing suddenly
    • Airbags failing to deploy properly
    • Malfunction or break of steering parts that cause loss of control of the vehicle
    • Fuel leaks and problems with wiring that may lead to a fire
    • Faulty or defective tires

Remedies for a recalled vehicle

If you own a car that has recently been recalled, you may be entitled to legal remedies including economic damages, manufacturer reimbursement, class action lawsuits (if the recall has affected enough consumers) and personal injury recovery.

If you have been injured due to a defect with your vehicle, you may be entitled to recover financial losses associated with your injury. Furthermore, if you have lost a loved one due to a vehicle defect, you may be entitled to financial restitution.

Though no amount of money can replace a loved one, or even cover the true losses associated with a severe physical injury, all automakers must be held accountable. The GM issue reaffirms that the safety of vehicles manufactured should be the top priority of any automaker.

If you have been seriously injured or lost a family member in a car accident caused by a vehicle defect or recalled car, contact The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare to speak with a Dallas and Ft. Worth personal injury attorney.

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By : Tim O'Hare /November 03, 2015 /Blog, Dallas Personal Injury Attorney /0 Comment Read More
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Top 5 Reasons Every Small Business Needs a Business Lawyer

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by J. Branden Snyder

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Big businesses always have a business lawyer on hand to deal with legal situations that may arise, but many small business owners don’t take advantage of such a vital human resource.

Like accountants and insurance agents, hiring a business attorney should be a resource that is considered part of the cost of owning and operating a business. While you may not need your business lawyer at all times, it’s best to build a relationship with an attorney who is experienced in handling business law so you know who to call when you need someone.

Don’t wait until a problem arises. Here are five reasons why you should always have a business attorney at your fingertips.

A business lawyer can help you determine the best legal structure for your business. How do you know if you need to form an LLC or a corporation, or enter into a partnership agreement? A business lawyer will walk you through the pros and cons of various business structures and help you determine the best legal structure for your business. Once you determine the legal structure that is the best fit for your business, a business attorney will help you register the paperwork to get your business off the ground.

A business lawyer can help write contract and non-disclosure agreements. Contracts and non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) are a normal part of every business. A business attorney can draw up these documents for you, ensuring all your bases are covered and that you are protected in the event of a disagreement or fallout with an employee or client.

A business lawyer can help file a patent. Patents are time consuming and take years to get through the approval process. They are also very expensive. In some cases, a patent may not provide any real advantages to you or your business. A business lawyer will evaluate your product and help you determine if a patent is necessary or beneficial.

A business lawyer can help you buy or sell a business. When it comes time to buy or sell a business, you need a lawyer on your side that can help negotiate agreements and contracts. If your business is a partnership or LLC with multiple owners, you will need a buy-sell agreement in place from the beginning to protect you in the event one owner wishes to transfer ownership, or if one owner dies.

A business lawyer can help if you are facing litigation. It isn’t uncommon for businesses to face lawsuits by customers, or even current or former employees. A business lawyer will help you navigate the legal process and work to help you achieve the best possible outcome.

If you are facing one of these scenarios, contact the experienced business law team at The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare to help save you time and money on important legal matters.

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By : Tim O'Hare /October 13, 2015 /Blog, Small Business Law /0 Comment Read More
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Uninsured and Underinsured: What’s the Difference?

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by Tim O’Hare

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Texas laws require all drivers to carry liability insurance to cover the costs of accidents they cause. Basic coverage in Texas is known as 30/60/25 coverage—$30,000 for each injured person, up to $60,000 for all injured people combined, and $25,000 for property damage.

Even though Texas laws require all drivers to carry insurance, the laws do not keep some drivers from driving without insurance. The Insurance Research Council estimates that drivers in the U.S. have a 14 percent chance of being involved in an accident caused by an uninsured driver.

You may have heard the terms uninsured and underinsured before. What is the difference between underinsured and uninsured, and how might it affect you?

The term “underinsured motorist” refers to a driver of a motor vehicle who carries an amount of liability insurance within the limits required by law (30/60/25), but not enough to cover the damages caused in the actual collision. In other words, in the event that driver is at fault in an accident where injuries and damage is so severe, his or her insurance does not adequately compensate their victims, that driver is referred to as an “underinsured motorist.”

The term “uninsured motorist” refers to a driver of a motor vehicle who does not carry liability insurance, or to an unidentified driver of a hit-and-run accident. It can also refer to an insured driver whose insurance has denied coverage for some reason. According to the Insurance Research Council, about 15 percent of Texas’ licensed drivers do not carry liability insurance.

In Texas, motorists who are caught driving without liability insurance can be fined on their first offense. Consecutive offenses could result in suspension of their driver’s license and even vehicle impounding. In the City of Dallas, uninsured drivers can have their car towed.

Because not all drivers carry liability insurance, despite the laws requiring them to do so, for more than 30 years, the Texas Insurance Code has mandated that all insurance companies doing business in Texas offer uninsured and underinsured motorist protection. Simply put, drivers who do have insurance, are covering uninsured and underinsured motorists with their policies when they take out Uninsured/Underinsured Motorists coverage. (Hit-and-run drivers are considered uninsured motorists.)

Uninsured and underinsured motorist insurance coverage applies to the policyholder and any family members residing in the same household, as well as passengers in the insured vehicle and anyone driving the insured vehicle with the owner’s permission. Uninsured and underinsured insurance coverage (UM/UIM) does not apply to vehicles owned by the policyholder that are not listed on the policy.

If you have been injured in an accident caused by an uninsured motorist, don’t expect your insurance company to do you any favors. Your insurance company will do everything it can to lessen the amount they pay to you, and insurance companies regularly tell people they are being paid what is “fair,” and frequently their definition of “fair” is far different than what most juries and policy/holders would describe as fair.

In the event of injury or death in a car accident, working with a trusted personal injury attorney will ensure you receive all compensation due to you. If you have been injured in a car accident, or have lost a loved one in a wreck, call us. The experienced legal team at The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare will guide you through your case and ensure you get everything you deserve.

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By : Tim O'Hare /October 06, 2015 /Blog, Dallas Personal Injury Attorney /0 Comment Read More
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Shopping for a New Car? Must Read Safety Article

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by Tim O’Hare

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If you are shopping for a new or used car, you may be overwhelmed with the options available and the wide range of prices. While many things are negotiable when buying a vehicle, there is one non-negotiable: safety.

Keeping yourself and your family safe on the road should be your top priority, but how do you know what safety features to look for? To help guide you in your decision, here are a few things to look for.

  • Adjustable upper seat belts. If the upper shoulder belt is adjustable, you may position the belt to accommodate the individual’s size. This feature also makes the seat belt more comfortable.
  • Rear center seat shoulder belts. In many vehicles, the rear center seat only has a lap belt, but a lap/shoulder belt combo is the safest, especially for older children and children riding in booster seats.
  • Air bags. Most vehicles today are equipped with front air bags. Many also come with side airbags, and even curtain bags. Although air bags should never replace the use of a seat belt, they can help prevent injury if you are involved in an accident. Remember: children can be seriously injured or even killed by an airbag, so children under 12 should always ride in the back seat. Never use a rear-facing child seat in the front seat of a vehicle with a front passenger air bag unless the airbag is turned off.
  • Head restraints. The head restraints (headrests) are intended to limit head movement during an accident and help reduce risk of neck injury. Head restraints are required on all front seats, but are not required on rear seats. Look for a vehicle with head restraints on all seats to provide maximum safety to all passengers.
  • Antilock brakes. The ABS prevents the car’s wheels from locking up during sudden braking, allowing the driver to maintain better control of the vehicle. Some SUVs, trucks, and vans may only have two-wheel ABS, while all passenger cars with ABS have four-wheel ABS. Some vehicles also come with brake assist, which can help the driver more quickly reach the braking force needed to activate ABS.
  • Traction control. This feature improves stability of the vehicle by automatically adjusting engine power output and may even apply brakes on selected wheels to help maintain control if the vehicle begins to slip. Electronic stability control (ESC) is advanced traction control that uses a computer linked to sensors to help maintain control of the vehicle by applying brakes to one or more wheels and reducing engine power if necessary to keep the vehicle on course. Note: This feature may have a different name depending on the vehicle manufacturer.
  • Accident avoidance systems. Brake assist, forward-collision warning, adaptive cruise control, blind spot warning, lane departure warning, pedestrian detection, active head restraints, and backup sensors or cameras are additional features that can help prevent an accident.
  • Tire pressure monitors. Keeping your tires properly inflated is important both for safety and fuel economy. Underinflated tires can lead to a blowout, which can be extremely dangerous. By government regulation, all vehicles made after Oct. 31, 2006 are to have a low-tire-pressure warning system, but if you are shopping for a used vehicle this is an important safety feature to look for.
  • Recalls. Before making your final purchase (particularly when purchasing a used vehicle), check for any recalls that may be out on the vehicle you are considering. For a full list of motor vehicle recall information, visit www.recalls.gov.

For more information on what safety features to look for when shopping for a car, click here.

If you have been seriously injured or lost a family member in a car accident, contact The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare to speak with a Dallas personal injury attorney.

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By : Tim O'Hare /September 18, 2015 /Blog, Dallas Personal Injury Attorney /Comments Off on Shopping for a New Car? Must Read Safety Article Read More
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Bicycling Laws and Safety Tips

by Tim O’Hare

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Guide No. 5Did you know that in Texas, bicycles are considered vehicles? Bicyclists must follow the same rules of the road as drivers of cars, with a few exceptions.

Cities around the state are adding bicycling lanes to accommodate cyclists on the roadways in an attempt to keep cyclists safe on the roads, but even where bicycle lanes are present, cyclists and other drivers should know the laws that apply in order to keep everyone on the roads safe.

Here is a summary of Texas laws pertaining to bicyclists:

• Cyclists must follow all rules of the road pertaining to other drivers (unless there is an exception), including stopping at stop signs and red lights.
• A cyclist should always ride in the same direction as other traffic.
• If moving slower than traffic, cyclists must ride as near as practicable to the right curb or edge of the roadway (not including the shoulder of the road).
• Cyclists may ride two abreast as long as they are not impeding traffic.
• A cyclist may not use a bicycle to carry more people than the bicycle is designed or equipped to carry.
• A cyclist may not attach to a streetcar or other vehicle on a roadway.
• A cyclist may not carry any object that prevents him/her from keeping at least one hand on the handlebars.
• Cyclists must use hand signals to signal their intent to stop, turn left, or turn right. To stop, extend the left hand and arm downward. To turn left, extend the left hand and arm horizontally. To turn right, extend the left hand and arm upward, or extend the right hand and arm horizontally.
• Every bike must be equipped with a brake capable of making a braked wheel skid on dry, level, clean pavement.
• A cyclist may not ride at nighttime unless the bicycle is equipped with a headlamp and a red reflector or red lamp.

There is currently no statewide law requiring all cyclists to wear helmets, however there are local laws that apply to young riders in some cities. In Coppell and Southlake, all riders under 15 must wear a helmet. In Bedford, cyclists under 16 are required to wear a helmet. In Arlington, Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, and Houston, all bicyclists under 18 must wear a helmet.

The decision not to wear a helmet while riding a bike could be deadly. Helmet use has been estimated to reduce risk of head injury in an accident by as much as 85 percent. Even if the law does not require you to wear a helmet, it is always recommended.

For more information on laws regarding bicyclists, click here.

If you have been seriously injured or lost a family member in an accident on Texas roads, contact the experienced legal team at The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare.

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By : Tim O'Hare /September 08, 2015 /Blog /Comments Off on Bicycling Laws and Safety Tips Read More
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