TxDOT's statewide Share the Road motorcycle safety and public awareness campaign urges motorists to look twice for motorcycles at intersections and when changing lanes, the two places where serious motorcycle collisions commonly occur.
In 2012, 460 people died on Texas roadways while riding motorcycles and scooters. In 2011, that number was 488. The 6.1 percent decrease may be attributed to an increase in helmet use and heightened awareness by other motorists through TxDOT lead-campaigns, such as Share the Road. The numbers are trending in the right direction, yet we still have more work to do to save more lives in 2013.
According to a survey conducted by Texas A&M Transportation Institute, more than half of motorcycle crashes last year involved another driver who reportedly never saw the motorcyclist. Because motorcycles have a much smaller profile than other vehicles, it can be difficult for drivers to judge the speed and distance of an approaching motorcycle. As a result, drivers involved in crashes with motorcycles say they never saw the motorcyclist and were unable to react in time to prevent the crash.