Campaign Aims to Prevent Texas Motorcycle Accidents

May marks Motorcycle Awareness Month, and TxDOT is running a public awareness and motorcycle safety campaign. This year’s theme is “Seeing Them Is Saving Them.” Motorists are encouraged to be alert and look twice for motorcycles, particularly when changing lanes or going through intersections.

In half of all fatal Texas motorcycle accidents the driver simply failed to see the motorcyclist. Last year there were 470 motorcycle fatalities in the state; this represents 16 percent of traffic deaths in Texas.

When a collision between a car and motorcycle occurs, the motorcyclist is at much greater risk for serious injuries or death. Nationally, a motorcycle rider is five times as likely to sustain injuries in a crash, and has a 25 times greater likelihood of death.

With the number of motorcycles on Texas roads continuing to grow, it is more important than ever for motorists to be alert for riders. According to TxDOT, the number of motorcycles in the state has surpassed 419,000, and doubled in the past ten years.

In addition to urging motorists to be alert for motorcycles, TxDOT has provided other tips for motorists to better share the road with motorcycles. These include not following motorcycles too closely, and giving riders enough space to react to road obstructions. Motorcyclists may need time to maneuver around hazards in the roadways which may not pose a problem for cars.

Hopefully, if drivers stay alert and look twice for motorcyclists, motorcycle accidents in the state will begin to decline.

Source: Alpine Avalanche, TxDOT launches motorcycle safety campaign, 10 May 2012

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