Texas Motorcycle Fatalities Are Up Despite Lower Traffic Numbers
A new report by the Texas Transportation Institute looked at crash statistics over the pandemic. Despite a 2% decrease in motorcycle crashes, fatalities are up by 17%. Spectrum Local News reported on the matter.
The report states that 7,481 motorcycle crashes happened in Texas last year. 1,856 of them were seriously injured and 482 of them died. Now that we’re near summer, we’re beginning the peak season for crashes.
“May through October is an especially dangerous period for motorcyclists in Texas,” TxDOT Executive Director James Bass stated. “Of all the motorcyclist deaths in Texas during 2020, more than 61% happened in that period. It’s so important to remember that these motorcyclists don’t have the same protections that drivers in vehicles have, and that’s why we’re urging all motorists to stay watchful and alert when traveling alongside motorcycles so everyone can reach their destination safely.”
According to Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Bryan Washko, most motorcycle accidents happen because of vehicles failing to yield the right of way to a motorcycle at an intersection.
“They have the disadvantage of being a smaller vehicle. So just remember to look twice for motorcycles, give them that out, and just drive safely. It’s easy to misjudge them, they have less protection surrounding them when involved in the crash,” Washko said. “It comes down to visibility. Motorcycles are naturally more difficult to see, and just make sure you look twice, especially when changing lanes or pulling into an intersection.”
Just by taking a little extra time to look around before entering an intersection, you could save a life! Help bring the number of motorcycle crashes down by paying close attention to smaller vehicles.