The roads in Dallas and throughout Texas are filled with motorcyclists. These riders enjoy the open road and the freedom that goes along with taking off on their bikes. Still, there are inherent risks for motorcycle crashes and personal injury. A significant portion of these collisions are due to drivers of passenger vehicles and trucks simply not paying close enough attention to those they are sharing the road with. To address these concerns, the Texas Department of Transportation is embarking on a safety campaign.
Emphasizing safety for riders and avoiding crashes
In the safety endeavor, the DOT is telling drivers to keep a close watch for motorcyclists. That means looking both ways when driving and sharing the road. Intersections are notorious for motorcycle accidents and this is a point of emphasis for safety advocates. Drivers are told to look twice; judge motorcycles as if they are close than they appear; do not turn when there is an oncoming motorcycle; do not tailgate motorcycles; provide the rider with a full lane; and adhere to the speed limits.
On average, one rider dies every day on Texas roadways. With traffic, recklessness, speeding, distraction and other treacherous factors and behaviors, motorcyclists are in constant jeopardy of injuries in a crash. There were 1,812 serious injuries and 412 fatalities for motorcyclists in 2019. More than 50% occurred in accidents with other vehicles. Unfortunately, these campaigns – while well-meaning and potentially effective – may not prevent accidents with personal injury and death.
Advice on how to proceed after a motorcycle crash
Riders are not protected when they are out on their motorcycles. This is true even if they are wearing a helmet and other safety attire. A collision with a motor vehicle can cause spinal cord injuries, brain trauma, broken bones, lost limbs and long-term damage. Medical costs may be exorbitant, lost income and the inability to work problematic, and the long-term prognosis profoundly negative. Those who have suffered personal injury or lost a loved one in auto accidents – especially on a motorcycle – should be aware of their rights. Discussing a potential legal filing with an experienced firm may provide information on how to proceed.