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Critical Safety Reminders Following the Death of Dallas Motorcycle Officer Killed by Drunk Driver

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by Dallas Personal Injury lawyer, Tim O’Hare

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In the early morning of Saturday, July 21, the Dallas Police Department tragically lost one of its own in the line of duty. Assisting in a funeral escort, Senior Cpl. Earl “Jamie” Givens, 55, was parked on his motorcycle with lights activated, blocking the Interstate 20 ramp at Bonnie View Road when he was fatally struck by a drunk driver.

The 25-year-old driver hit Officer Givens at a high rate of speed, throwing him off his bike and tossing the motorcycle across four lanes of traffic. The accused’s blood alcohol level registered 0.19 percent — more than twice the legal limit. He has been charged with intoxication manslaughter, which is typically a second-degree felony, but it is upgraded to a first-degree felony in the death of a peace officer. If convicted, the driver could face up to life in prison.

Jamie Givens was a 32-year veteran of the Dallas Police Department and had been a motorcycle officer with the DPD for 12 years. He leaves behind his wife and two sons. “Jamie had a passion and love for riding motorcycles. He shared his time with his fellow law enforcement motorcycle officers, his fellow Celtic Warriors, and the motorcycle club he founded and led for many years,” his obituary stated.  

Whether you personally ride a motorcycle or not, anytime you are operating a vehicle on the road, you are responsible to do your part to keep all motorists safe, including motorcyclists. Ninety-eight percent of motorcycle riders who are involved in accidents are injured. Of those, half of them suffer serious injuries.

In remembrance of Senior Cpl. Givens, and as a motorcycle licensee myself, I urge all drivers to remember these important safety tips and take precautions to avoid an accident that could be prevented.  

Check twice for traffic when changing lanes or turning at intersections. The profile of a motorcycle is much smaller than that of a car or truck. A motorcycle’s small size not only makes it more easily hidden from the sight of other drivers, but it can also make it appear further away than it is. The smaller size of motorcycles can also make it difficult for other motorists to judge how fast a motorcycle is traveling.

Don’t follow motorcyclists at close distances. Some motorcyclists slow their speed by downshifting rather than breaking. Motorists should allow at least three to four seconds following distance, and predict when a motorcyclist in front of them may slow down. When roads are wet, motorcycles can have a difficult time stopping quickly and should be allowed more space from other motorists.

Be aware that a motorcyclist may often change positions in a lane. Motorcycles do not respond to road hazards, such as debris and potholes as well as other vehicles do. Because of this, a motorcyclist might often be seen changing his or her position within a lane, to avoid potential hazards. Motorcyclists may also change positions in a lane to be seen more easily by other drivers.

For more information on sharing the road with motorcyclists, read this list of tips from the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.

If you have been seriously injured or lost a family member in a motorcycle accident or a drunk driving accident, contact the experienced Dallas – Ft. Worth car accident injury lawyers at The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare. Tim O’Hare is a motorcyclist and has had his motorcycle license for most of his adult life.

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By : Tim O'Hare /July 26, 2018 /Blog, Texas Motocycle Lawyer /0 Comment Read More

Stay safe while riding your motorcycle with these tips

by Tim O’Hare

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Riding motorcycles can be fun and freeing, but it can also be dangerous. Studies show that up to 98% ofmotorcycle riders involved in accidents are injured. Half of them are seriously injured. Many times, motorcyclists involved in accidents are self-taught, or are taught to ride by family or friends. Like many automobile accidents, the motorcyclists involved in accidents frequently are short on riding experience.

While not all motorcycle accidents are preventable, many of them are. To reduce your risk of being involved in a motorcycle accident that could lead to serious injuries or even death, consider enrolling in a skill-building class to train you as a motorcyclist. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation is a well-known nonprofit organization that trains more than 400,000 riders each year.

Proper training in how to ride a motorcycle is essential to your safety as a motorcyclist.  There are several common causes of motorcycle accidents and other keys to a safe, enjoyable riding experience.

Make yourself visible. The majority of motorcycle accidents occur when a motorcyclist isn’t seen by other motorists on the road. As a motorcycle rider, make every effort to be visible to other motorists. Wear reflective helmets and clothing to increase visibility at night. Remember to signal your intent before changing lanes or turning.

Take extra caution when riding in bad road conditions or on undivided highways. The more you know about the route you plan to take, the more you will be aware of upcoming road conditions, such as pot holes or road construction, which may affect your driving ability. Also, extra caution on undivided highways is necessary, as you have decreased protection between yourself and oncoming traffic.

Observe speed limits. Believe it or not, motorcycles aren’t just for joyriding. Riding at excessive speeds not only increases your odds of colliding with another vehicle, but it can also displace the weight and alignment of your bike.

Don’t drive drunk. Remember, the same laws apply to motorcyclists as other motorists. Do not drive when impaired by alcohol or drugs.

Wear your helmet. Motorcyclists are already more vulnerable to serious injury or death in an accident. Wearing a helmet is just as important, if not more so, as wearing your seatbelt when driving or riding in a car. Proper use of a helmet can prevent senseless injury or death in an accident. Texas law requires motorcycle riders who are under 21 to wear helmets, but the fact is, wearing your helmet can save your life.

Click here to download a helmet safety PDF from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

If you have been seriously injured or have lost a family member in a motorcycle accident, contact The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare and ask to speak with Tim O’Hare, the Dallas personal injury attorney who has been riding motorcycles for most of his adult life. Currently, Mr. O’Hare rides a 2009 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail Classic. Hiring a lawyer who also rides to handle your motorcycle case is the right choice. Call us today at 972-960-0000, or toll-free at 1-888-960-0020.

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By : Sasha Miller /June 15, 2012 /Texas Motocycle Lawyer /0 Comment Read More

Drunk driving on the rise for motorcyclists

by Tim O’Hare

While the dangers and potential consequences of drunk driving are continually in the public spotlight, the increased dangers of driving a motorcycle while impaired by alcohol aren’t as well known, although impaired driving-related motorcycle fatalities have significantly increased in the last few years.

A 2007 study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that motorcyclists involved in fatal accidents are 2.5 times more likely to have consumed alcohol prior to riding than other motor vehicle drivers.

It is not uncommon for motorcyclists to “bar hop” on their bikes. Additionally, motorcycle rallies may encourage drinking before hitting the road. Accident fatalities are far higher for motorcyclists than other motorists, and drinking and driving only increases the risk of serious injury or death to motorcyclists.

Some motorcyclists admit to drinking and riding, as it makes riding more “fun,” and loosens them up before hopping on their bike. The reality is, even one drink before riding could significantly impair a motorcyclist’s driving ability. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation suggests that even the slightest bit of alcohol could increase a motorcyclist’s chances of crashing by five times.

Many would argue that the 0.08 blood alcohol legal limit is too high, as a BAC as high as 0.05 can increase any driver’s risk of crashing, not just motorcyclists, by more than forty times. The risk of accidents and fatalities resulting from drunk driving are even greater on weekends and at night. In 2007, 57% of motorcyclists who were killed in drunk driving crashes were killed in accidents that took place on the weekend, many of them between 6 and 9 p.m.

While riding motorcycles can be thrilling, the extra “thrill” of drinking and riding is not worth the risk of losing your life. Think twice before hopping on your bike after a night out. Safe motorcycling requires a rider’s full attention and focus. Any distraction from that is life-threatening.

If you have been seriously injured or lost a family member in a motorcycle accident, contact The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare and ask to speak with Tim O’Hare, the Dallas personal injury attorney who has been riding motorcycles for most of his adult life.  Currently, Mr. O’Hare rides a 2009 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail Classic.  Hiring a lawyer who also rides to handle your motorcycle case is the right choice.  Call us today at 972-960-0000, or toll-free at 1-888-960-0020.

By : Sasha Miller /May 25, 2011 /Dallas Personal Injury Attorney, Texas Motocycle Lawyer /0 Comment Read More

Share the Road – Motorcycle Safety Tips for Car and Truck Drivers

By Tim O’Hare

The responsibility of keeping motorcyclists safe on the road isn’t only on the shoulders of motorcycle riders, but on all motorists. As mentioned in last week’s article outlining safety tips for motorcyclists, 98% of motorcycle riders who are involved in accidents are injured. Of those, half of them suffer serious injuries.

There are specific actions a motorcyclist can take to stay safe on the road, but motorists who share the road with motorcyclists should also take certain precautions to avoid an accident that could otherwise be prevented.

Check twice for traffic when changing lanes or turning at intersections. The profile of a motorcycle is much smaller than that of a car or truck. A motorcycle’s small size can not only make it more easily hidden from the sight of a vehicle driver, but it can also make it appear further away than it is. The smaller size of motorcycles can also make it difficult for other motorists to judge how fast a motorcycle is traveling.

Don’t follow motorcyclists at close distances. Some motorcyclists slow their speed by downshifting rather than breaking. Motorists should allow at least 3 to 4 seconds following distance, and predict when a motorcyclist in front of them may slow down. When roads are wet, motorcycles can have a difficult time stopping quickly and should be allowed more space from other motorists.

Be aware that a motorcyclist may often change positions in a lane. Motorcycles do not respond to road hazards, such as debris and potholes as well as other vehicles might. Because of this, a motorcyclist might often be seen changing his or her position within a lane, to avoid potential hazards. Motorcyclists may also change positions in a lane to be seen more easily by other drivers.

Safety on the roads for all drivers is dependent on drivers being aware of who they share the road with, as well as avoiding distracted driving, drunk driving and other actions that often lead to accidents.

For more information on sharing the road with motorcyclists, read this list of tips from the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.

If you have been seriously injured or lost a family member in a motorcycle accident, contact The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare and ask to speak with Tim O’Hare, the Dallas personal injury attorney who has been riding motorcycles for most of his adult life.  Currently, Mr. O’Hare rides a 2009 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail Classic.  Hiring a lawyer who also rides to handle your motorcycle case is the right choice.  Call us today at 972-960-0000, or toll-free at 1-888-960-0020.

By : Sasha Miller /May 10, 2011 /Dallas Personal Injury Attorney, Texas Motocycle Lawyer /0 Comment Read More

Ride Smarter – Road Safety Tips for Motorcyclists

By Tim O’Hare

Not all accidents are preventable, but many of them are. Many of the accidents involving motorcyclists are entirely preventable, and an accident prevented could mean a life is saved.

Studies show that up to 98% of motorcycle riders involved in accidents are injured. Half of them are seriously injured.  Many times, motorcyclists involved in accidents are self-taught or taught to ride by family or friends. Like many automobile accidents, the motorcyclists involved in accidents also have little driving experience.

To reduce your risk of being involved in a motorcycle accident that could lead to your serious injury or death, consider enrolling in a skill-building class to train you as a motorcyclist. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation is a well-known nonprofit organization that trains more than 400,000 riders each year.

Proper training in how to drive a motorcycle is essential to your safety as a motorcyclist, but there are several common causes of motorcycle accidents, and other keys to safety.

Make yourself visible. The majority of motorcycle accidents occur when the motorcyclist isn’t seen by other motorists. As a motorcycle driver, make every effort to be visible to other motorists. Wear reflective helmets and clothing to increase visibility at night. Remember to signal your intent before changing lanes or turning.

Take extra caution when riding in bad road conditions or on undivided highways. The more you know about the route you plan to take, the more you will be aware of upcoming road conditions, such as pot holes or road construction, which may affect your driving ability. Also, extra caution on undivided highways is necessary, as you have decreased protection between yourself and oncoming traffic.

Observe speed limits. Believe it or not, motorcycles aren’t just for joyriding. Riding at excessive speeds increases your odds of colliding with other vehicles, and it can also displace the weight and alignment of your bike.

Don’t drive drunk. Remember, the same laws apply to motorcyclists as other motorists. Do not drive when impaired by alcohol or drugs.

Wear your helmet. Motorcyclists are already more vulnerable to serious injury or death in an accident. Wearing a helmet is as important as wearing your seatbelt when driving or riding in a car. Proper use of a helmet can prevent senseless injury or death in an accident.

May is Motorcycle Awareness Month. Whether you are a motorcyclist or not, take some time this month to evaluate your driving habits and determine what changes you can make to drive safer and smarter.

If you have been seriously injured or lost a family member in a motorcycle accident, contact The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare and ask to speak with Tim O’Hare, the Dallas personal injury attorney who has been riding motorcycles for most of his adult life.  Currently, Mr. O’Hare rides a 2009 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail Classic.  Hiring a lawyer who also rides to handle your motorcycle case is the right choice.  Call us today at 972-960-0000, or toll-free at 1-888-960-0020.

By : Sasha Miller /May 02, 2011 /Dallas Personal Injury Attorney, Texas Motocycle Lawyer /0 Comment Read More

Motorcycle Awareness Month

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has dedicated May as Motorcycle Awareness Month, encouraging motorists and motorcyclists to share the road with each other.

The number of motorcyclists killed in accidents continues to rise every year. With distracted driving also on the rise, it is no surprise that serious injury or deaths in accidents involving motorcycles has more than doubled in the last 10 years.

Many times an accident involving a motorcycle occurs when the other motorist does not see the motorcyclist. Motorcycles have a much smaller profile than other vehicles, making them more difficult to see, whether driving a motorcycle or in the lane next to one.

The Texas Department of Public Safety has issued a list of the most common situations when motorcycle accidents occur. The list includes automobiles making left-hand turns in front of a motorcycle in an intersection, presence of a motorcycle in a car’s blind spot, and hazardous road or weather conditions. It is important that automobile drivers and motorcyclists alike remain aware of the fact that they do share the road with each other.

Driving aware for automobile drivers means looking out for motorcycles and anticipating and responding to the motorcyclist’s maneuvers in the lane due to road conditions or weather.  A driver should also always signal their intention to turn and use extreme caution when making left turns at intersections.

Motorcycles should be given the same space and equal rights to the roads as other motorists. Automobile drivers should respect motorcycle drivers by giving them a full lane and allowing plenty of space when following a motorcycle.

While many of the guidelines are aimed at drivers of cars, there are also safety concerns that should be observed by motorcyclists. It is not uncommon to see motorcycles speeding down the highway, weaving in and out of traffic. Motorcyclists are required to observe the same traffic laws as other drivers, and should drive with caution, keeping in mind that other motorists do not easily see their motorcycle’s profile.

If you have been seriously injured or lost a family member in a motorcycle accident, contact The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare and ask to speak with Tim O’Hare, the Dallas personal injury attorney who has been riding motorcycles for most of his adult life.  Currently, Mr. O’Hare rides a 2009 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail Classic.  Hiring a lawyer who also rides to handle your motorcycle case is the right choice.  Call us today at 972-960-0000, or toll-free at 1-888-960-0020.

By : Sasha Miller /April 26, 2011 /Dallas Personal Injury Attorney, Texas Motocycle Lawyer /0 Comment Read More

Texas Motorcycle Lawyer

If you or a loved one have been involved in a Texas motorcycle accident and sustained injuries, you need a Texas personal injury lawyer that will work on your behalf to ensure that Texas motorcycle laws are upheld to the fullest extent. Dallas personal injury lawyer Tim O’Hare has been riding motorcycles for almost twenty years; as a biker himself, he is particularly passionate about ensuring negligent drivers are held accountable for the injuries and loss of life caused as a result of reckless driving. Tim O’Hare personally handles every motorcycle personal injury and loss of life case his law office takes on.

Imagine hiring a lawyer to represent you in a car wreck who has never driven a car.  Doesn’t make a lot of sense, does it?  With  bike, it is no different.  Hiring a lawyer to represent you when you have been injured riding your bike who doesn’t ride doesn’t make a lot of sense, either.  That’s why The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare is the right choice.  Tim has ridden bikes for years, and continues to ride today.

Texas is an at-fault state. The law of negligence is applied to Texas motorcycle and Texas motor vehicle accidents, which means that the individual deemed “at fault” in a Texas car wreck or Texas motorcycle wreck can be held responsible for all injuries and damages caused by driver negligence.

Texas motorcycle law requires that negligent drivers take responsibility for the damages caused to injured motorcyclists and that compensation for injuries are made. Individuals who have suffered from injuries sustained in a Texas motorcycle wreck may be compensated for their pain and suffering, disfigurement, scarring, loss of life enjoyment, economic loss and more when caused by negligent motorists. While maintaining the highest ethical practices, Tim O’Hare works aggressively, diligently and tenaciously to obtain the maximum compensation possible for his Texas personal injury clients.

Texas Statue of Limitations for Motorcycle Accidents

If you have sustained an injury as a result of a motorcycle accident in the state of Texas and would like to file a lawsuit, you must do so within two years of the day of accident or perceived law violation that caused injury or death. However, it is best to contact an attorney immediately to ensure maximum compensation. Contact Texas personal injury attorney Tim O’Hare, the Dallas personal injury lawyer for Texas motorcyclists today.  972-960-0000

By : Sasha Miller /March 07, 2011 /Dallas Personal Injury Attorney, Texas Motocycle Lawyer /0 Comment Read More
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