Motorcycle Safety Awareness
Written by Greg on May 15, 2019
Spring and summer bring more motorcycles to our roads. The hot weather makes it more important than ever to be aware of motorcycles. According to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) there are about 500 motorcyclists killed each year in our state and more than 2,000 injuries. Drivers and motorcyclists need to learn to share the road to prevent accidents, injuries, and fatalities.
Look Learn Live
Look Learn Live is a Texas motorcycle awareness initiative to address the growing concern of an increase in motorcycling injuries and fatalities. The campaign was developed through the Texas Department of Transportation, Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas A&M Transportation Institute. The safety awareness campaign provides education and information to the public about motorcycle safety.
Motorists should watch for motorcycles, especially in their blind spots. Motorcyclists should obey the traffic laws and should ride only one to a lane for safety. The cause of many accidents is the failure of a vehicle driver to notice a motorcycle on the road. Motorcyclists should be particularly careful in areas where there are dangerous intersections and blind driveways. Drivers of larger passenger vehicles should make it a habit to look down as well as forward when making a lane change.
Motorcycle injuries and deaths can be prevented. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), wearing a helmet saved more than 1,800 lives in 2016 across the country and another 800 could have been likely saved had they been wearing a helmet. Helmets reduce the risk of head injury by 69% and risk of death by 37%. Texas law does not require the use of helmets as long as they carry insurance that includes motorcycle health.
Motorcyclists should be properly trained before they start riding a motorcycle. The key messages of the Texas Department of Public Safety are:
- Get trained and licensed
- Wear protective gear
- Ride unimpaired
- Ride within your limits
- Be a lifelong learner
They offer a statewide training program called “Motorcycle Operator Training and Safety” to provide motorcycle training to all riders. The course is highly recommended to improve riding ability and to increase safety awareness.
When an accident occurs between a motorcycle and another type of vehicle, the motorcyclist often faces the most serious injuries. The most common injuries include neck and back injuries, head trauma and broken bones. Recovery after a motorcycle accident can be lengthy and difficult. The costs associated with medical treatment may be astronomical. The negligent driver who caused the accident is responsible for the damages that result.
If you were seriously hurt in a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, rehabilitation therapy, medications, ongoing medical treatment, pain and suffering, and lost wages, among other damages.
Call an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer to fight to resolve your case and get you the money you deserve for your injuries.
Contact our Houston personal injury attorneys at Baumgartner Law Firm for a free initial case consultation to discuss the details of your injury.