In Texas, 459 people died from motorcycle accidents in 2015. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), Texas motorcycle deaths accounted for nearly 10% of all motorcycle fatalities in the U.S. in 2015. In states like Texas with no universal helmet laws, more than seven times as many motorcyclists killed were not wearing helmets.
While National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) research shows that motorcycle safety helmets decrease the risk of dying in a crash by 37%, Texas motorcyclists over the age of 21 are not required by law to wear a helmet. The NHTSA estimates that more than 715 lives would have been saved in 2015 if riders were wearing helmets.
The GHSA offers these safety tips for motorcyclists:
- Always wear a helmet, even if state law does not require it.
- Wear brightly colored clothing to make yourself more visible to drivers.
- Don’t speed or lane split.
- Don’t ride impaired.
- Ride motorcycles that have antilock brakes, which make them more stable.
- Avoid riding in poor weather conditions.
- Avoid riding in a driver’s blind spot.
- Always use turn signals for turning and lane changes.
In addition, drivers can help avoid motorcycle accidents by doing the following:
- Allow for greater following distance if you are behind a motorcycle in traffic.
- Show extra caution in intersections, since research shows most motorcycle accidents occur when a vehicle turns left in front of a motorcycle.
- Never share a lane with a motorcyclist.
- Take extra time to look for motorcycles when turning at intersections or changing lanes.
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