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Like most motor vehicle accidents, motorcycle crashes are often caused by driver error. This means that many motorcycle fatalities could be prevented. Let’s look at what causes these wrecks and how roads can be made safer for bikers and drivers.

Texas Motorcycle Fatality Stats

According to the Texas Department of Transportation, at least one motorcycle rider dies every day in Texas. There hasn’t been a single day without a biker fatality since 2000. Specifically, November 7, 2000, was the last day that there were no motorcycle deaths on Texas roadways.

In 2019, approximately 412 motorcyclists were killed in Texas crashes. However, many more were injured – more than 1,800 bikers were seriously injured that year.

There were 482 motorcyclists, including operators and passengers, killed in 2020. Approximately 45% of motorcyclists killed were not wearing helmets at the time of the crash.

When Do Most Motorcycle Fatalities Happen?

Most motorcycle accidents occur during the warmest months – between May and October. Those are the deadliest months for motorcycle riders, with more than 60% of fatalities occurring.

This six-month period likely is the deadliest for bikers because that is when more motorcycles are on the road. Although Texas weather can be nice all year, the best weather for motorcycle riding tends to be between May and October. Other times of year are cooler or rainy.

Where Do Most Motorcycle Fatalities Occur?

The majority of motorcycle fatalities occur at intersections. In 2019, more than 30% of all motorcycle fatalities occurred in an intersection or were intersection-related. These deadly crashes often happen when a driver makes a left turn in front of an oncoming motorcycle or misjudges the distance and speed of a biker.

Motorcycle fatalities occur throughout Texas, but the following cities have the highest rate of fatal motorcycle crashes:

  • Houston
  • San Antonio
  • Dallas
  • Fort Worth
  • Austin
  • El Paso
  • Corpus Christi
  • Lubbock
  • Odessa

Texas Works to Prevent Motorcycle Accidents

Texas started the “Share the Road: Look Twice for Motorcycles” campaign to make roads safer for motorcyclists. It uses social media and word-of-mouth efforts to encourage drivers of other motor vehicles to be on the lookout for motorcycles at all times of the year.

Some of the tips the Texas Department of Transportation shares with drivers to help prevent motorcycle crashes include:

  • Take care when making left turns
  • Keep an eye out for motorcycles at intersections
  • Look twice when changing lanes (especially in blind spots)
  • Give motorcycles plenty of room when passing
  • Stay a safe distance behind motorcycles

Common Causes of Motorcycle Fatalities

The best way to prevent motorcycle fatalities is to know their cause and avoid them. While driver error is the most common cause of all motor vehicle accidents, there are several other common causes too. Including various driver errors, common causes of motorcycle fatalities are:

  • Distracted driving
  • Intoxicated driving
  • Unsafe lane changes
  • Failure to keep a proper lookout
  • Failure to yield right of way
  • Speeding
  • Defective motorcycle parts
  • Ineffective safety equipment
  • Improperly maintained roadways
  • Dangerous work zones or construction areas
  • Failure to properly maintain a motorcycle

It’s essential to determine the cause of an accident. This allows the victims and their families to seek compensation from the appropriate at-fault parties. In some cases, more than one party may be responsible.

Contact Anderson Injury Lawyers

We know that money is the last thing on your mind after a loved one passes away in a fatal motorcycle accident. However, you will need money to cover funeral expenses, burial costs, and other losses. We are here to help.

Anderson Injury Lawyers will listen to your needs and ensure they are met. Call us today at 817-294-1900 or use our online form for a 100% free consultation.