It’s April — time for motorcyclists (and cyclists) to start riding more. But unfortunately serious injuries and deaths in Texas from cycle-vehicle collisions have risen dramatically here.
500 people tragically die on motorcycles every year in Texas. Just last night in Arlington, a motorcyclist was crashed into by an SUV changing lanes on State Highway 287 and tragically lost his life.
As a motorcycle accident attorney and advocate for the safety for all all cyclists, this upsets me. And I went to another funeral of a client hit riding his motorcycle several months ago so thought to write this post to try to prevent another injury or death.
Most motorcycle and bicycle crashes are caused by two things:
- People do not see the cyclist at all — or until it is too late; and
- People see the cyclist but fail to yield the right of way, especially in intersections.
To prevent these collisions, here are some suggestions:
1. For new riders and bikes that have not been rode lately
Bikers: if you are just starting out, get your Class M license. Don’t think about riding one if you haven’t been tested. Practice on a closed course to make sure that you are completely comfortable on the bike. Ask experienced friends for advice and take a class.
Don’t buy a bike that is over your head. I’ve handled too many crash cases for guys on “crotch rockets” (see photo) not to understand their seductive power.
If the bike has not been out on the road in a while, make sure a shop services it so that you can rely on its brakes, lights, and acceleration. You have to be confident in your machine and in your ability to react quickly.