Motorcycle accidents are fairly common in Houston. Every year, horrific crashes involving fatalities make the news. This leads many to think the number of motorcycle fatalities is on the rise. Is this true, though? Or is it simply a case of hearing more bad stories than good?
In fact, for the past five years, motorcycle fatalities have increased in Houston. Tragically, motorcycle fatalities were high even before that time, though. For nearly a decade, it seems, Houston and all of Texas have had a motorcycle fatality problem.
Motorcycle Accident Statistics in Texas
Statistics collected from the Texas Department of Transportation show the magnitude of the problem associated with motorcycle accidents and fatalities:
- In 2012, there were 471 motorcycle fatalities.
- In 2013, there were 503 motorcycle fatalities.
- In 2014, there were 468 motorcycle fatalities.
- In 2015, there were 464 motorcycle fatalities.
- In 2016, there were 500 motorcycle fatalities.
- In 2017, the last year for which data is available, there were 501 motorcycle fatalities.
With the exception of 2014 and 2015, nearly every year sees an increase in motorcycle fatalities, and the trend is not getting any better.
Tips for Preventing Motorcycle Fatalities in Houston
With motorcycle fatalities on the rise, it’s important that all bikers know how to keep themselves safe on the roads.
- First and foremost, always wear a helmet. Although it won’t guarantee your safety, it gives you a better chance of staying safe in an accident.
- In addition to your helmet, make sure you wear protective gear, particularly gloves and eye protection.
- Defensive driving techniques are particularly important on a motorcycle. Follow traffic rules at all times and watch for drivers behaving erratically. Stay within the speed limit, as the faster you go, the longer it will take you to stop if another driver cuts you off. You must also watch for other vehicles, stay out of their blind spots, and make yourself aware of what vehicles may be turning or changing lanes. Always ride with your headlight on, as it will help make you more visible to other motorists.
- One safety tip that’s often overlooked is to inspect your bike prior to heading out. Check the tires for cracks or bulges, and make sure your headlight, taillight, and signals work. Also, look for signs of leaking oil or gas, and check your hydraulic and cooling fluids once a week.
All of these safety tips will help protect you on the road. However, you cannot control the actions of other drivers. If you’re in an accident due to another motorist’s negligence, you need the help of a skilled motorcycle accident attorney in Houston.
Contact a Houston Motorcycle Accident Attorney Today
If you’ve been hurt in a motorcycle accident, you’re likely suffering from serious injuries. The Houston motorcycle accident lawyers at The Law Offices of Hilda Sibrian™ will fight to hold the at-fault party accountable for all the losses you have suffered.
We are passionate about standing up for the rights of motorcycle accident victims and helping them demand the full compensation they are entitled to receive. We want to help you, too.
We offer free initial consultations, so contact us online to get started on your case.