This East Texas Loops starts and ends in Nacogdoches and passes through several rivers, piney woods, Lake Nacogdoches, and through the Sabine National Forest. The Sabine National Forest offers hunting, fishing, horseback riding, and hiking trails. Once you’re done checking out the National Forest, head back on the route to pass through more piney woods to Lake Nacogdoches.
This route had fatal and incapacitating crashes between 2010 – 2021. In Texas, drivers are not assigned “at fault” in a crash, but law enforcement can assign ‘factors or conditions’ that contributed or may have contributed to a crash. Multiple ‘crash factors and conditions’ can be assigned to one, some, or all vehicles involved in a crash.
The following tables represent data extracted from the Texas Department of Transportation’s Crash Records Information System (TxDOT’s CRIS).
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Crash Narrative Summary
The following list is a summary of the crash events and conditions that have been described by officers investigating crashes along this route. The investigating officer provides his/her opinion of how the crash happened and will emphasize or explain, as necessary, any pertinent facts that are not fully explained elsewhere on the crash report. This section is meant to supplement the above data tables by providing further insight and “clues” into what factors and conditions contributed or may have contributed to crashes along this route.
- 29% of crashes on this route involved a vehicle failing to yield right of way at a stop sign. Intersections are one of the most vulnerable places for a motorcyclist. Constantly check for traffic coming from the side, left and/or right (MSF). Weave your motorcycle back and forth within your lane as you approach the intersection. The lateral movement this creates is much easier for drivers to see than a single headlight moving slowly toward them.
- 29% of motorcyclists did not have a motorcycle license.
- 57% were single vehicle crashes. In these crashes, the motorcyclists left the roadway, lost control, and landed in a ditch or embankment. Single vehicle crashes occurred both on a curve and straight roadways.
- 67% of motorcyclists were not wearing a helmet. In Texas, you have the freedom to choose to wear a helmet or not. Choose wisely.
- 86% of crashes occurred on straight roadways.