According to the latest data from the Texas Department of Transportation, 501 motorcyclists were killed on our state’s roads in just a one year period. That same year, an additional 2,101 motorcyclists are suspected to have suffered a serious injury. These numbers are shockingly high because too few other drivers look out for motorcyclists and drive carefully around them.
Look Twice for Motorcycles
Thanks to the many Houston-area motorcycle accident victims we have represented over the years, the attorneys at our firm have gone from thinking that motorcyclists must be reckless drivers, to realizing most motorcycle accidents are actually caused other drivers who are not safely sharing the road.
The TxDOT’s statewide “Share the Road: Look Twice for Motorcycles” motorcycle safety and public awareness campaign has some good tips that those of us who are not on bikes should follow in order to avoid causing a motorcycle accident:
- Look twice for motorcycles, especially at intersections.
- Always assume motorcycles are closer than they appear to be, and avoid turning in front of an oncoming motorcycle.
- Use your turn signals and check your blind spot before changing lanes.
- Don’t follow a motorcycle too closely.
- Give motorcyclists a full lane.
- Obey posted speed limits.
By following these simple, safe-driving tips, you will become a better driver, and you just might save a biker’s life.
Unfortunately, accidents happen even when everyone on the road is being careful. If you or someone you love was injured while driving or riding on a motorcycle, you should contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
Talking with your insurance company may make you think that you will not be able to get any help paying for your medical expenses or fixing your bike, but that is not true. You may be able to get compensation from another driver, from the government entity responsible for road maintenance, or even from the manufacturer of your bike. The only way to know if it might be worth filing a lawsuit over your accident is to speak with an experienced attorney who can evaluate your case and advise you of your options.