May is Motorcycle Safety Month! TxDOT Reminds Drivers to Look Twice for Motorcycles

417 motorcyclists died in 2018 in crashes on Texas roads

AUSTIN – TxDOT’s statewide “Share the Road: Look Twice for Motorcycles” motorcycle safety and public awareness campaign urges motorists to look twice for  motorcycles, especially at intersections, where motorcycle collisions most commonly occur.

Why should drivers be aware of motorcyclists when traveling Texas roads?

On average, a motorcyclist dies in a crash on Texas roads every day. In 2018, 417 riders lost their lives and 920 were seriously injured in crashes. More than half of fatal motorcycle crashes result from collisions with other vehicles.  Drivers simply don’t see the motorcycle or misjudge its distance and speed. The small size of motorcycles can make them appear farther away when they’re actually closer. The combination of congested roadways, distracted driving and the difficulty of seeing motorcycles in traffic has led to many preventable fatalities each year.

What are some tips for safely sharing the road with motorcycles?

  • Look twice for motorcycles, especially at intersections.
  • Always assume motorcycles are closer than they appear to be, and avoid turning in front of an oncoming motorcycle.
  • Use your turn signals and check your blind spot before changing lanes.
  • Don’t follow a motorcycle too closely.
  • Give motorcyclists a full lane.
  • Obey posted speed limits.

To learn more about the “Share the Road: Look Twice for Motorcycles” statewide campaign, visit TxDOT’s website.

For media inquiries, contact TxDOT Media Relations at [email protected] or (512) 463-8700.

Save the Date, June 25th | Texas Motorcycle Safety Coalition to Meet

Texas Motorcycle Safety Coalition logo

Join us for the Texas Motorcycle Safety Coalition (TMSC) board and committee meeting, June 25, 2014. The meeting will be held in College Station, Texas, at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute in the Gibb Gilchrist building, room 102. Both members and non-members are invited to attend the meeting. Please RSVP via email by Friday, June 20th and indicate if you will drive a vehicle or motorcycle so we can have an accurate headcount and correct parking permits. 

The TMSC serves as a public forum for addressing strategies to improve motorcycle safety; discusses effective programs, regulations, and other opportunities to improve motorcycle safety; reviews, proposes, and makes recommendations concerning motorcycle-related legislation; and serves to promote rider safety and inform the public about being aware of motorcycles and sharing the road safely. Sign up to get involved with the coalition. For more information about the coalition or to see past meeting minutes, go to the TMSC page.

Texas Motorcycle Safety Coalition February Meeting Minutes posted

The Texas Motorcycle Safety Coalition met in February to discuss a number of items including the upcoming National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Assessment of Motorcycle Safety Programs, Texas Strategic Action Plan for Motorcycles and the upcoming Motorcycle Safety Forum slated for May 8, 2014 in Bryan, Texas.

The TMSC serves as a public forum for addressing strategies to improve motorcycle safety; discusses effective programs, regulations, and other opportunities to improve motorcycle safety; reviews, proposes, and makes recommendations concerning motorcycle-related legislation; and serves to promote rider safety and inform the public about being aware of motorcycles and sharing the road safely.

The minutes are now available to download:

Safe riders requires the help of safe drivers

There are many parts to a safe riding equation—one of them being other cars and trucks on the road. Motorcyclists have a responsibility to ride safely, but drivers also have a responsibility to drive safely.

According to the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, “Over half of all fatal motorcycle crashes involve another vehicle. Most of the time, the car or truck driver, not the motorcyclist, is at fault.”

The MSF published 10 tips on how drivers can help keep motorcyclists safe. These tips included:

  • A motorcycle can be hidden in a car’s blind spot, so take an extra moment to look for motorcycles.
  •  Slippery pavement can make stopping difficult for motorcyclists, so allow plenty of following distance.
  • Remember that the motorcyclist under the helmet is an actual person who could be your neighbor or relative.

For a full list of tips and other driver tips, visit:

http://www.msf-usa.org/downloads/Motorist_Awareness_tips.pdf

http://www.looklearnlive.org/look/the-facts/ 

http://www.looklearnlive.org/look/caution/