A report from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) indicates that fatal motorcycle accidents decreased by 6 percent in 2012 in the Lone Star State, as opposed to a projected national increase. The agency reported that 460 people were killed on motorcycles in 2012, while 488 were killed in 2011. Mark Cross, a TxDOT spokesman, said the agency has no explanation as to why there is a decrease in accidents in Texas, but said it is welcomed news.
The major causes of the accidents in Texas were due to motorists being unaware of the motorcycles on the road. Texas A&M University confirmed this with research done by their transportation Institute. They found that more than half the crashes involving a motorcycle were caused by another driver’s failure to see the bike. The study went on to say that 90 percent of the motorcycle crashes in Texas result in serious injury or death. Among the fatal accidents, 56 percent took place in Texas cities while 44 percent were reported in rural areas.
These statistics show that motorists need to be more aware of motorcycles on the road. A large part of a motorist’s attention can be taken by paying attention to something other than their driving, like texting or a phone conversation. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident due to a negligent or distracted driver, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact our national accident attorney today at (866) 377-3800 to receive a free consultation.
[Tom’s Tips: Even if you grease your motorcycles bearings regularly, they will eventually wear out. Make sure you check their condition periodically and replace them if needed.]
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