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Look Twice: Texas Urges Drivers to Watch Out For Motorcyclists

Car, helmet and motorcycle on the road, the concept of a motorcycle accident.

In Texas alone, nearly 600 motorcycle riders lost their lives in crashes during 2023, which is a 7% increase from the previous year. Additionally, roughly another 2,400 motorcyclists suffered serious injuries in motorcycle accidents.

Despite efforts to improve road safety, the number of motorcycle fatalities continues to rise throughout Texas. Intersection crashes, in particular, have seen a significant uptick, with a 21% increase in fatalities. These aren't just statistics—they're real people, such as Al Peterson from Leander, who faced a near-fatal accident that could have robbed him from his family.

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

May is designated as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness about the importance of motorcycle safety and promote initiatives to reduce motorcycle accidents and fatalities. The "Share the Road: Look Twice for Motorcycles" campaign aims to educate both motorcyclists and drivers about the need for increased awareness, mutual respect, and safe driving practices on the road.

With their smaller size and increased vulnerability, motorcycles often go unnoticed on the road. This demonstrates the need for drivers to exercise heightened awareness and vigilance when around motorcyclists. As we observe Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, it's important to understand that a simple act of looking twice can make a life-saving difference.

Safe driving tips for motorists

According to TxDOT Executive Director Marc Williams, it can be difficult for drivers to judge the distance, speed, and size of motorcycles. That's why Williams emphasizes the agency's commitment to promoting road safety and urging drivers to watch out for motorcyclists. That includes:

Use turn signals and check blind spots before changing lanes

Always signal your intentions well in advance to give motorcyclists time to react. Motorcycles can easily hide in your vehicle's blind spots, so make sure to check mirrors and look over your shoulder before changing lanes.

Double-check for motorcyclists before making a left turn

Left turns are a common scenario where collisions with motorcycles occur. Double-checking for oncoming motorcycles helps prevent accidents, as bikes may be closer or approaching faster than they appear.

Practice heightened awareness at intersections

Intersections are high-risk areas for motorcyclists. Be extra vigilant and make eye contact with riders if possible to ensure they are aware of your presence. Always look both ways and proceed with caution.

Maintain a safe following distance

Keep a greater distance between your vehicle and a motorcycle in front of you. Motorcycles can stop more quickly than cars, so allowing more space can prevent rear-end collisions.

Obey posted speed limits and adjust your speed according to road conditions

Speeding reduces your reaction time and increases the severity of accidents. Adhering to speed limits and adjusting for weather, traffic, and road conditions is crucial for safe driving.

Give driving your full attention and avoid distractions

Distracted driving is dangerous for everyone, but especially for motorcyclists who are less visible to drivers who aren't paying attention to the road. Avoid using your phone, eating, or engaging in other distractions while driving to stay focused and aware of vulnerable road users like motorcyclists.

Common motorcycle accident injuries

Motorcycle accidents often result in serious injuries due to the limited protection bikers have compared to vehicle drivers. Common injuries include:

  • Head Injuries: Despite wearing helmets, motorcyclists can suffer traumatic brain injuries or concussions.
  • Road Rash: When riders slide across the pavement, severe skin abrasions and infections can occur.
  • Fractures: Broken bones are frequent, especially in the arms, legs, and ribs.
  • Spinal Cord Injuries: These can lead to partial or complete paralysis.
  • Internal Injuries: Damage to internal organs may not be immediately visible but can be life-threatening.

It's crucial for vehicle drivers to share the road with motorcyclists. By being aware, giving bikers enough space, and checking blind spots, drivers can help prevent these serious accidents and ensure everyone's safety on the road.

Injured in a motorcycle accident in San Antonio? Contact us today

The Herrera Law Firm recognizes the devastating aftermath of motorcycle accidents and tirelessly pursues justice for injured motorcyclists. Through meticulous case preparation and rigorous negotiation or litigation, we ensure that victims receive the compensation they rightfully deserve for their medical bills (past, present, and future) and other accident-related expenses. We don't subscribe to the bias insurance companies often take against motorcyclists. We'll be ready to negotiate for the maximum compensation you deserve, even if we have to take your case to trial.

Our San Antonio law firm operates on a contingency fee basis, so you can get legal representation without any upfront costs. We would be glad to answer any questions you have, explain your legal rights, and help you explore your options for compensation. Don’t delay—secure your rights and future by contacting us today for a free consultation.

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