Texas Motorcycle Deaths
Motorcycle deaths are estimated to be around 4,462 nationwide. The motorcyclist death-rate has risen over the past few years, and in 2009 motorcyclist deaths accounted for over 12% of all traffic crash deaths.
Motorcycle deaths have been on the rise because there are more motorcyclists on the road, riders are less protected, there are a greater number of inexperienced drivers and most motorists don't watch out for motorcyclists.
In Texas everyone must wear a helmet while riding a motorcycle unless they are over 21 and have an insurance plan specifically for crash related head injuries. As of 2009, in order to become a licensed motorcycle driver, you must complete a motorcycle safety course.
To be a safer motorcyclist, you can:
Texas is a motorcycle friendly state. With nearly 800,000 licensed motorcyclists in the state, whether you ride motorcycles or just share the road with them, all Texans can improve the safety of motorcycle riders by being vigilant and aware of their surroundings, including motorcycles, as they drive.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 375 motorcyclists killed in Texas in 2007. Of those killed, sixty-percent were not wearing helmets. In addition, thirty-nine percent of the Texas motorcyclists killed in 2007 had a blood alcohol content of greater than .08.
Overall the NHTSA report shows that both motorcycle accident deaths and injuries are on the rise across the nation. On a per mile traveled basis a motorcycle rider is about 35 times more likely to be in a traffic accident than someone in a passenger car.
The best way for motorcyclists to protect themselves against death and injury is to wear motorcycle helmets and proper protective clothing when riding, and to drive defensively as taught by the Texas Department of Public Safety. Texas Defensive driving classes such as www.comedydriving.com discuss such dangers.