Motorcycle Fatality Accidents in Texas Fall: Texas Motorcycle Deaths Buck National Trend
It is very difficult for motorcyclists to share the road safely with other vehicles. They are smaller than just about every other vehicle, which makes them difficult to see. Because they only two wheels, they are less stable than vehicles with four or more. And because riders are uncovered and exposed to the elements, accidents almost always result in injury or death. On average, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a motorcyclist is about 30 times more likely to be killed in an accident than the occupants of a car.
There is some encouraging news, however, for Texas motorcyclists. According to a new study released by the Governors Highway Safety Association, Texas is one of only 16 states that have seen a drop in motorcycle deaths over the last few years, even as the national numbers are reaching record highs.
Some Texas state officials are taking credit for the drop. They discovered that, in many crashes involving cars, the car’s driver was claiming they didn’t see the motorcycle, so, beginning in 2008, the state focused on the problem with an education program reminding drivers of other vehicles to “Share the Road.” The initiative includes all sorts of signs and PSAs.
Other Texas state officials, however, are a bit more skeptical, noting that the decrease in motorcycle deaths was modest – only 28 – and that the number fluctuates every year, anyway. They note that the safety measure that works the best – a mandatory helmet law – isn’t in the cards anytime soon. In Texas, motorcycle riders over 21 aren’t required to wear a helmet if they take a rider training course, or carry a medical insurance covering motorcycle crash injuries. Until that’s changed, they consider the drop temporary.
Whenever there is a motorcycle accident, the victims and their families are often in need of proven experienced lawyers to stand up for their rights against insurance companies, other drivers, and those standing in the way of justice. If you or a loved one have been seriously injured or killed in a motorcycle accident, please contact the Texas Motorcycle Accident Injury Lawyers at Hill Law Firm today.