Txdot urges drivers to ‘share the road’ and help curb statewide increase in motorcycle fatalities

motorcyclesAustin – As more motorcycles take to the road, fatalities were up 6 percent last year.

In an effort to curb an increase in motorcycle fatalities on Texas roads, the Texas Department of Transportation is launching its “Share the Road: Look Twice for Motor­cycles” campaign as part of Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month in May. The campaign implores drivers to watch closely for motorcycles, espe­cially at intersections and when changing lanes.

“Part of our responsibility as motorists is to always be aware of other vehicles on the road and to give them plenty of space,” said TxDOT Executive Director James Bass. “Motorcycles are particularly vulnerable because they can be dif­ficult to see and don’t have the standard safety features found in cars and trucks. On a motor­cycle, even a relatively minor collision can be fatal, so we’re urging drivers to please keep an eye out for their fellow motorists.”

Motorcyclists are nearly 5 times more likely to be injured and 29 times more likely to be killed in a crash than car or truck occupants.[i] More than half (54 percent) of fatal motorcycle crash­es result from a collision with a car or truck.[ii] From 2015 to 2016, Texas motorcycle fatali­ties increased…

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