Dallas, TX / ACCESSWIRE / May 29, 2014 / The motorcycle accident lawyers at Eberstein and Witherite, LLP have written before about motorcycle safety. Now, in observation of Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month, they remind us how motorcyclists and automobile drivers can safely share the road.
Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month brings attention to safety issues concerning motorcycle riders. In 2013, almost 500 people died on Texas roadways while riding motorcycles and scooters. This number represents a five percent increase over 2012. Those deaths also account for approximately 15 percent of all traffic deaths in Texas in 2013. As part of its observation of this month’s safety campaign, the Texas Department of Transportation provides tips for both motorcyclists and motorists.
Motorcyclists should wear helmets and obey traffic laws. They should be fully aware of the skills needed to ride a motorcycle and of the things they can do to increase safety. Texas DPS’s Motorcycle Safety Unit coordinates training courses at more than 200 locations within Texas for both basic and experienced riders. For more information on motorcycle training or to find a training location in your area, you may call 1-800-292-5787 or visit www.dps.texas.gov/msb.
Drivers should “look twice” for motorcycle riders and be especially cautious at intersections and when changing lanes. Incredible, half of all fatal motorcycle crashes in Texas occur because a driver never saw the motorcyclist. Drivers should also allow more following distance when behind a motorcycle, so that the motorcyclist has enough time to maneuver or stop in an emergency.
This article is presented by the Dallas motorcycle accident lawyers at Eberstein & Witherite, LLP.
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