Motorcyclists face their own risks separate from drivers who operate four-wheel vehicles. Due to several factors, including the difference in size and speed between a car and motorcycle, both types of licensed drivers need to be fully aware of each other on the road to prevent accidents from occurring. Motorcycles are less visible to other drivers and pedestrians and are more vulnerable to hazardous weather and road conditions, which may lead to an increase in safety concerns.
According to the Insurance Information Institute, when it comes to crashes involving motorcycles, statistics revealed:
- 4,668 fatalities in 2013;
- 88,000 injuries in 2013;
- An accident fatality was 26 times more likely to involve a motorcyclist than a passenger car occupant; and
- Accident injuries were five times more likely to involve a motorcyclist than a passenger car occupant.
The Texas A&M Transportation Institute reported motorcyclists make up 16 percent of all vehicle deaths in Texas. The institute launched its Look Learn Live initiative in 2009 to promote motorcycle safety and awareness in affiliation with the Texas Department of Transportation and Texas Motorcycle Safety Coalition.
The website is a resource for both motorcycle drivers and other motorists to learn about best practices to employ for on-the-road safety that is beneficial to everyone. People who choose to operate a motorcycle must abide by the same traffic laws and regulations in place to prevent accidents caused by inattentive, fatigued, or drunk driving.
Additionally, the state of Texas requires anyone age 20 and under to wear a motorcycle helmet with exemption for riders 21 years of age and older if the motorcycle operator has successfully completed a safety training course and holds proof of a medical insurance policy. Wearing a helmet has been effective in preventing fatalities by approximately 37 percent and has shown 67 percent effectiveness in preventing brain injuries, according to data from Consumer Reports.
Motorcyclists hold the same responsibilities of other drivers on the road, but must also exude extra precaution and proven driver maneuverability to ensure sharing the road safely. If you or someone you know have suffered injuries due to an accident involving a motorcycle in Texas, contact an experienced New Braunfels motorcycle accident attorney today for a free case evaluation.