Texans are usually proud of their accolades; however, Lubbock has earned the top spot on a list the city would rather avoid. The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) recently named Lubbock one of the worst cities in Texas for fatal motorcycle accidents. TxDOT reports that on average a motorcyclist dies from a fatal accident every day in Texas, which is more than a little concerning. As part of the “Share the Road: Look Twice for Motorcycles” campaign currently being launched by TxDOT, Lubbock drivers and motorcycle riders can learn how to reduce motorcycle accidents in Lubbock and keep the roads safe for everyone.
Lubbock had 127 motorcycle accidents in 2019 alone. Of those, 10 motorcyclists were killed and an additional 21 were critically injured. When comparing these numbers to those in major Texas cities like Houston, San Antonio, and Dallas, it’s clear Lubbock drivers can do more to improve and promote safely sharing the road with bikers. “Share the Road: Look Twice for Motorcycles” is a public safety campaign highlighting one of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents – a lack of visibility.
Common Causes of Fatal Motorcycle Accidents
Lack of visibility has become a safety issue, not only in Lubbock, but also across Texas. In response, the Department of Transportation is distributing a powerful message to drivers: always check your surroundings. In 2019, 412 Texas motorcyclists lost their lives in fatal motorcycle accidents. It sounds simple, but far too often Texas drivers make abrupt lane changes, turns, or fail to yield, and in the process strike motorcyclists. Being without the physical barrier of a motor vehicle and lacking safety protection equipment like airbags, motorcyclists are extremely vulnerable on the road and absorb the full impact of a collision firsthand.
- Left turns cause fatal motorcycle accidents because motor vehicle drivers typically misjudge the speed of oncoming motorcyclists and the timing they have to safely turn in front of them. Without a protected left turn, motor vehicle drivers should always yield to oncoming traffic, especially a motorcyclist.
- Intersections are hot spots for motorcycle accidents because drivers don’t pay attention to crossing signals or always come to a complete stop. One-third of all motorcycle fatalities occur at intersections. Drivers should always obey traffic signals and triple-check their surroundings before turning.
- Changing lanes can be problematic because most motor vehicle drivers do not put much thought into routine driving maneuvers and misjudge their surroundings. Drivers should check all mirrors and blind spots before properly signaling and executing a lane change so they do not strike a motorcyclist who will be harder to see.
- Allocate proper room when passing or following a motorcyclist. Crowding a motorcyclist’s lane impedes their space and thus their reaction time if they have to abruptly stop or maneuver.
- Distracted driving should never occur behind the wheel of any motor vehicle. Distracted driving not only includes talking or texting on a cell phone, but also includes navigation systems, radios, social media and apps, applying makeup, and any other action that diverts a driver’s attention away from the road. In the split second a driver takes to check a cell phone, they could miss seeing a biker traveling near them.
- Speed is a top cause of motorcycle accidents as it inhibits a driver’s ability to control their vehicle, react in time, and respond with adequate stopping distance. Speed also increases the severity of impact and subsequent injuries suffered. For a motorcyclist, a high-speed accident can be fatal even if a passenger vehicle driver is unharmed.
Lubbock Personal Injury Attorneys
Riding motorcycles is an enjoyable method of transportation. Lubbock motorcyclists should not have to ride in fear due to other drivers’ inability to comply with traffic laws and practice safe driving. If you or a loved one was seriously hurt or killed in a motorcycle accident, contact the Lubbock injury attorneys at Liggett Law Group today to discuss your case at no cost.