Many motorcyclists love riding their motorcycle in San Antonio, as it gives them a sense of freedom and adventure. One rider said that “motorcycle riding is therapeutic because he uses his hands and feet to operate the machine and engage all of his senses to maintain situational awareness and has little time to think or stress about anything else.” Though motorcycle riding may be therapeutic and provide riders with a sense of freedom and adventure, it is one of the most dangerous forms of transportation. Riders are 37 times more likely to die when involved in a motorcycle accident than when in a car accident, as they are not enclosed and protected as when passengers riding in a car, and a motorcycle has low visibility in traffic. Riding a motorcycle is also higher risk than walking, biking, riding a train or boat, or traveling in an airplane. One of the top causes of accidents is other drivers’ failure to see motorcycles in heavy traffic or at night. Speeding and impaired driving are also major factors involved in motorcycle accidents.
Texas’ Share the Road Campaign
The Texas Department of Transportation has initiated a statewide motorcycle safety education campaign called “Share the Road.” This campaign is encouraging drivers to be on the lookout for motorcycles, especially at intersections and when changing lanes, as those are common places that motorcycle accidents occur. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, 2,354 motorcyclists have been involved in fatal motorcycle accidents in the past five years, with 455 fatalities occurring in 2014. The statistics also showed that one half of those killed in motorcycle accidents were not wearing a helmet. This statistic alone demonstrates the need to educate the general public about motorcycle safety. Texas Department of Transportation Executive Director, Lieutenant General Joe Weber, USMC, stressed the importance of motorcycle safety. “We see far too many deadly motorcycle crashes on Texas Roadways, so we are telling drivers to be extra diligent when sharing the road. We’re constantly told drivers simply didn’t see the motorcyclist until it’s too late. As drivers, it is incumbent upon us to be fully aware of our surroundings at all times and take proactive measures to ensure the safety of motorcyclists.” The reason many drivers claim they never saw the motorcycles until it was too late is that motorcycles have a smaller profile than other vehicles. It can be much more difficult for drivers to not only see an approaching motorcycle, but also to judge its distance and speed.
San Antonio is among the top eight Texas cities with the most motorcycle crashes. In fact, San Antonio is ranked second, with 601 motorcycle crashes in 2013. It is vital for residents of San Antonio to educate themselves and their families on motorcycle safety. If you or your loved one has been injured in an auto accident involving a motorcycle, an experienced attorney can help you recover compensation for your injuries or vehicle damage. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Joe A. Gamez are dedicated to protecting your rights and working to ensure that you receive the compensation award you are entitled to. Contact us to schedule a free consultation. Se Habla Español.