According to the National Safety Council, there were 4,968 motorcycle fatalities and nearly 88,000 non-fatal injuries from motorcycle accidents in the U.S. in 2016. This was enough to make up 13% of traffic fatalities in 2016 while motorcycles only make up 3% of registered vehicles. Data also shows that 36% of motorcycle fatalities in 2016 were victims over 50 years old. It’s no secret that driving a motorcycle can be dangerous since drivers don’t have the structure of a car to protect them in an accident.
Last year, in Texas alone, there were 501 fatalities and 2,101 serious injuries resulting from motorcycle accidents according to the Texas Department of Transportation. Their campaign, “Share the Road: Look Twice for Motorcycles” aims to bring awareness to motorcyclists on Texas roads in an attempt to reduce the number of motorcycle-related injuries and fatalities.
Car and truck drivers are encouraged to be alert for any motorcycles on the road and to give motorcyclists plenty of space while driving. Motorcycle drivers can improve their safety by always wearing a helmet and protective gear, using turn signals, and obeying all traffic laws. May has been designated as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to help bring awareness to the safety of motorcycle drivers.
If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident, take action today. Contact an experienced personal injury attorney. They will be able to evaluate any potential claims and help you determine what the next steps may be. Contact Powers Taylor today for a free consultation.
For more information about Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website.
For more information about motorcycle accident claims, visit our motorcycle accident information page.
For more information about the Texas Department of Transportation’s “Share the Road: Look Twice for Motorcycles” campaign, visit their website.