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Texas Motorcycle Parking Laws

Texas is one of the largest states in the union, offering thousands of miles of roadways for motorcyclists to enjoy. Although riding a motorcycle can be exciting, it also comes with a considerable risk of injury. It is essential to take necessary safety precautions not only while you are operating your motorcycle but when parking as well.

If you suffer critical injuries after being struck by a motor vehicle, you may require the legal guidance and support of an experienced injury law firm for motorcycle riders. Our motorcycle accident lawyers at Sutliff & Stout can help you demand maximum compensation for your suffering. Understanding Texas motorcycle parking laws is an excellent way to take preventative measures and avoid financial liability in the event of a collision.

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    Motorcycle Parking Spaces

    Can motorcycles park anywhere? No. Motorcycles are just like any other type of motor vehicle for parking. This means even if you see other motorcycles parked in seemingly random locations throughout the city, they may violate Texas parking laws. To protect yourself and your right to compensation in the event of an accident, only park your motorcycle where you would park a car, truck, or SUV.

    Can I Park My Motorcycle on the Sidewalk?

    Many recently licensed motorcyclists may wonder whether they can park their motorcycles on a sidewalk. However, since regular motor vehicles cannot park on sidewalks, you should never park a motorcycle on the sidewalk. Texas laws prohibit motorcyclists from parking on sidewalks, crosswalks, bridges, intersections, between safety zones, or even on railroad tracks. It is illegal for motorcyclists to park their bikes anywhere where they may block access to the curb or ramps. Even though it may be tempting to park in a non-designated zone, you could face severe penalties, including a citation, if you do.

    When Motorcycles Can Park in Disabled Spots

    Motorcyclists should never park their bikes in handicap parking spots unless they have disabled license plates and a valid placard that can be secured to their motorcycle. You can never lend or share your handicap placard with other motorists or bikers. You can not park your bike in the striped zone near handicapped parking spaces either. This is because these areas are reserved for individuals who require wheelchair lifts.

    Parking on the Street With Your Motorcycle

    Motorcyclists, like other drivers, can park their motorcycles on the street with the rear wheel touching the curb. However, both wheels must be equally close to the curb like you would park any other motor vehicle.

    Motorcycle Parking in Parking Lots

    Certain parking lots will have designated parking zones for motorcycles. However, if the parking lot and question do not have these specialty zones, you should use a standard parking spot the way you would with a traditional motor vehicle. The same is true if you are parking in a parking garage.

    Motorcycle Parking and Metered Parking

    Metered parking spaces should be handled the same way whether you are operating an SUV, sedan, pick-up truck, or motorcycle. If you park in a metered parking spot without paying for parking, you could face a non-moving violation or even have your vehicle towed, depending on your driving record.

    Why Choose Sutliff & Stout?

    Parking accidents can cause devastating injuries. If you do not park in a valid parking zone with your motorcycle, it could impact your ability to maximize your financial compensation. Fortunately, with our respected and experienced Texas motorcycle accident lawyers working on your case, you can rest easier.

    We are Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. We have over 50 years of combined legal experience and training and have successfully won our clients over $1 billion in trial verdicts and insurance settlements. Even if the driver who hit you blames you for causing your injuries, our legal team is ready to establish liability for the accident and protect your right to total compensation for your suffering.

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    Working with a dedicated Texas motorcycle accident law firm is an excellent way to ensure liable parties are held accountable in the event of an accident. You should never be expected to cover the costs of a motorcycle crash event while parking if someone else is responsible. Fight for your right to total financial compensation. Meet with an experienced Texas motorcycle accident attorney at Sutliff & Stout to get started as soon as today. You can reach us through our online contact form or by phone to schedule your 100% free consultation.

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