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Texas pleads with motorists to watch out for motorcycles

In this beautiful summer weather, motorcyclists are out en masse enjoying the roads, but it only takes one second to turn an enjoyable excursion into a catastrophic tragedy. So, this year, the Texas Department of Transportation is putting a special emphasis on bringing motorcycle accidents down to a minimum. Through a new campaign, they are urging motorists to take a few extra steps to make the highways a safer place for everyone.

As most motorcyclists who have spent any time driving know, the road can be a dangerous place. Cars and trucks are a constant threat as drivers could be distracted by their phones, under the influence of drugs or alcohol or just plain oblivious to bikers. Sadly, the statistics reinforce this feeling. 2013 saw 487 motorcycle fatalities, compared to the 459 who were killed in 2012. In 2014, 118 motorcyclists have died on the road already. San Antonio is the deadliest city for bikers, with Houston coming in at a close second.

With that in mind, here are some things you can do as a motorist to keep the roads safe for motorcyclists:

  • Regularly check blind spots, especially when changing lanes or going through an intersection. Bikes can be hard to see, so taking that extra second could save a life.
  • Always maintain a safe distance between your car and any motorcycles. They don’t have as much protection and any collision could be deadly. 
  • Stop the distractions. Don’t use your cellphone in the car or use your commute to put on makeup or eat.

As always, if you’ve been the victim of another driver’s negligence, a Texas attorney may be able to help you get compensation for medical expenses and pain and suffering.

Source: dallasnews.com, “Don’t have a blind spot on motorcycles, TxDOT urges,” Tasha Tsiaperas, May 27, 2014

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