In a collision between a car and a motorcycle, research shows the risk of death for the motorcyclist is 35 times higher than for someone in a vehicle.
That’s one of many reasons why TxDOT is launching a campaign supporting national motorcycle safety awareness month.
On average, a motorcyclist dies every day in a crash on Texas roads and now that spring has sprung, drivers are being reminded to look twice.
“Motorcyclists are our most vulnerable roadway users along with bicyclists so they don’t have the protection of a vehicle around them,” Tish Beaver, Traffic Safety Specialist at TxDOT, said.
Royce Pritchard has lost friends from riding and said most accidents he’s seen over the years have been caused by inattentive and reckless drivers.
“We are little bit more nimble and we can stop faster, things like that, so give us a little bit of space. Because if we get up to a point if we have to stop, we’re going to stop quickly,” said Pritchard.
Now that spring temperatures have arrived — many more motorcyclists will be hitting the highways and byways.
“We know that the number one place to have a motorcycle wreck is at an intersection,” said Adele Lewis, Public Information Officer at TxDOT. “So people need to look twice, look left, look right, look left and right again.”
According to TxDOT, deaths on motorcycles account for 12 percent of Texas road deaths but motorcycles don’t account for 12 percent of traffic.
In an effort to share the road, TxDOT is asking drivers to follow these tips:
- First, look twice.
- Assume motorcyclists are closer than they are.
- Also, use your turn signals and always maintain a safe following distance.