Carrollton Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
Safety First - Precautions for Texas Motorcyclists and Vehicle Drivers
Motorcycle accidents tend to cause more injuries and have a higher fatality rate than vehicle accidents. In 2015, 455 riders lost their lives in the state of Texas and over 1,800 were seriously injured. Although motorcycles are a more convenient way to travel for some people, motorcyclists need to be more careful than those inside of a car. Cars provide more protection to the person in the vehicle, so the impact of an accident usually causes less-serious injuries.
In Carrollton, there are over 120,000 residents and most in the 25–54 year range – optimal motorcycle rider demographics. North I-35 E, in the past, has attracted its fair share of fatal accidents.
Practicing safety precautions should always be a priority before you get on the road. According to Texas law, riders under the age of 21 are required to wear a helmet at all times. If you are over the age of 21 and have completed a safety course or have an applicable motorcycle health insurance plan, then you are not required to wear a helmet.
Even if you have met the necessary requirements to not wear a helmet, it is in your best interest to wear it. Wearing a helmet can soften the blow of any impact and prevent head injuries.
Be Prepared: Safety Tips for Motorcyclists
To reduce motorcycle accidents, the Texas Department of Transportation launched the statewide campaign "Share the Road: Look Twice for Motorcycles." The campaign’s guidelines address what both riders and drivers can do to prevent accidents. In addition to educating, this campaign also provides PSAs to remind drivers about the severity of motorcycle accidents.
Below are a few tips to keep in mind while you are operating a motorcycle:
- Wear a helmet and other protective gear.
- Turn on your headlights and ride defensively.
- Avoid the center of the lane where debris and oil build up.
- Ride at a safe speed, and never ride if you've been drinking.
- Take a course to learn or reinforce safe riding techniques.
- Change lanes one at a time. Never pass through several lanes at once.
Share the Road: Tips for Drivers
The safety of a motorcyclist doesn’t rest solely on the cyclist. Other drivers have to be mindful of them and remember to share the road. The majority of motorcycle accidents happen at intersections because the driver simply did not see the motorcycle. Avoid talking on the phone, texting, or any other action that could distract you. The more focused and aware you are of your surroundings, the less likely you are to make a mistake. The campaign encourages drivers to always follow these rules:
- Look twice for motorcyclists at intersections, entering highways, and whenever turning or changing lanes.
- Always maintain a safe following distance. The small size of the motorcycle can make it appear farther away than it really is.
- When passing a motorcyclist, move to the other lane and allow a full lane for the motorcycle.
Although we hope that the safety tips provided will get you to your destination safely, Steele Law, P.C., is here to help you if you are involved in a motorcycle accident. Our law office has been practicing personal injury law in Carrollton (and all over Texas) for over 15 years and we do not charge any fees unless the case is won. If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle accident, please do not hesitate to give us a call at (214) 333-9393 for a free consultation.
- Motorcycles - Texas Department of Transportation
- Motorcycle Safety FAQs - Texas Department of Public Safety