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Hwy 16: Medina to Kerrville
 

Route Summary

This is a quick 38 mile route that starts and ends in either Medina or Kerrville. This route passes right across the Guadalupe River and other beautiful Hill Country scenes. Be sure to check out The Apple Store and Love Creek Orchards for apple pie and apple ice cream in Medina. Kerrville offers many eateries and shops to visit, as well as an annual folk music festival.

This route had fatal and incapacitating crashes between 2010 – 2015. 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).

Safety (2010-2015)
Crashes
Fatalities
Serious Injuries
Top Weather Crash Condition
Top Lighting Crash Condition
Top Road Crash Condition

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.

  • Crashes along this route tended to involve motorcyclists who were traveling at an unsafe speed along a curve, failed to negotiate a curve, and left the roadway. Many riders struck guardrails or metal signs at some point in the crash, or they came to rest in ditches. 80% of crashes occurred along a curve.
  • 36% of motorcycle operators were not wearing a helmet. Helmets have consistently proven to significantly reduce the severity of head injuries in the event of a crash. Contrary to some beliefs, helmets do not cause neck injuries.
  • 72% of crashes were single vehicle crashes. Do not grow complacent when riding in rural areas, or areas without heavy traffic.
  • In multi-vehicle crashes, 50% of the time, the other vehicle involved was another motorcyclist. In these crashes, a motorcyclists struck the rear of a motorcycle ahead of them.
  • The majority of riders held a valid Motorcycle license. Remember you can sharpen up on your skills by taking an advanced course. Fate will not tap you on the shoulder and give advanced notice when these skills will be needed.

 

 

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