TxDOT: Motorcyclists 26 times more likely to die in crash

Motorcycles ROT Rally (KXAN File Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Texas Department of Transportation is launching their Share the Road: Look Twice for Motorcycles campaign to save the lives of motorcyclists on Texas roads.

This initiative is part of motorcycle safety awareness month. According to TxDOT, motorcyclists are 26 times more likely to die in a crash.

The most dangerous places for motorcyclists are intersections and changing lanes. There is an average of one motorcycle death on Texas roadways daily.

Police are investigating a deadly crash involving several motorcycles.  (Paul Shelton / KXAN)
Police are investigating a deadly crash in March involving several motorcycles. (Paul Shelton / KXAN)

During 2015, 455 motorcyclists died and 1,867 suffered serious injuries in crashes. Of those number of fatal crashes, half of them were from a vehicle colliding with a motorcycle.

Due to the size of most motorcycles it makes it harder for drivers to see them on roads. Drivers frequently misjudge the speed a motorcycle is traveling and how close they are. TxDOT says there has been a deadly combination of heavy traffic, distracted drivers, and visibility of motorcyclists on roads, which has led to an increasing number of fatalities.

“I try to be one of those riders who stops at stop signs and obey the laws car drivers obey,” said local motorcyclist Patrick Houston. “We are all people whether you are in a car or on a motorcycle. We all have to get where we are going. Some may get there quicker or slower, let’s just all get there.”

Over the month of May the campaign will stop by baseball games and festivals. They will be reminding drivers to:

  • Look twice
  • Use turn signals
  • Check mirrors
  • Don’t follow too close
  • Give motorcyclists a full lane
  • Always assume motorcyclists are closer than they appear

The campaign will kick off at the Dell Diamond Tuesday night at 6 p.m.

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