FM 3090 is a shorter route, but is a favorite amongst local riders. With smooth pavement, wide sweeping curves, and one 90 degree turn, this route offers a great ride for all kinds of riders. Towards the end of the route in Carlos, there is Yankee’s Tavern, a popular destination for motorcyclists on weekends. You can travel the route in one direction, and then stop to grab some food, scope out the other bikes, then head back down the route in the opposite direction.
This route had fatal and incapacitating crashes between 2010 – 2019. 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.
- 25% of riders did not have a valid motorcycle license. Motorcycle training courses are taught at three different levels. The beginner course is for new riders to learn the basics and acquire their Class M endorsement. The intermediate course was designed for returning riders who already own a motorcycle who have riding experience, but never obtained their motorcycle license. The advanced course is designed for experienced riders to improve their skills. With multiple levels of training courses available in Texas, new riders in the basic courses don't feel intimidated by experienced riders, and experienced riders don't have to wait for beginners to catch up in the advanced courses. Choose the one that's right for you.
- 29% of motorcycle riders were not wearing a helmet. When the operator wasn't wearing a helmet, the passenger wasn't wearing a helmet either. In Texas, you have the freedom to choose to wear a helmet or not. Choose wisely.
- 35% of crashes were multi-vehicle. Of these, 100% had the major factors that contributed to the crash attributed to the motorcyclist. In these crashes, motorcyclists were traveling at an unsafe speed for the roadway conditions, crossed over into oncoming traffic, and collided with another vehicle. Frequently, the "other vehicle" involved in the crash was another motorcycle.
- 65% of crashes were single vehicle. In these crashes, motorcyclists tended to be unable to safely negotiate a curve, losing control, and leaving the roadway.
- 82% of crashes occurred along a curve. Look where you want to go, not where you don't want to end up! Target fixation can cause you to drift out of your lane.
- Utilize counter-steering for a controlled turn. Press the handlebar in the direction of the turn and maintain slight pressure on that bar to smoothly navigate through the turn. In other words, press the right handgrip to go right; press the left handgrip to go left (MSF).