Starting and ending on FM 2164 in Denton, this loop takes you on several different farm-to-markets that wind and curve alongside valleys, a wind power generation farm, getting you very close to the Red River and the Texas Oklahoma border. This route also has straight-aways perfect for highway cruising.
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.
- 35% of motorcycle operators were not wearing a helmet. Gear isn't cheap, but it is a lot cheaper than an ambulance ride, skin graft, or an extended recovery period off your motorcycle due to injury.
- 79% of crashes were single vehicle crashes, meaning the unit involved in the crash was the motorcyclist.
- 75% of crashes along this route occurred on a curve. Maintain an even and smooth throttle while navigating through a curve (MSF).
- Crashes along this route involved the tendency for motorcyclists to take curves at an unsafe speed, lose control of the motorcycle, and strike a guardrail or skid into a concrete culvert. Riders were almost always thrown or ejected from their motorcycle.
- Look up & ahead. Don’t focus on the few feet in front of your motorcycle as it is already too late to make a correction. Look where you want to go and keep your eyes up to see potential dangers, allowing yourself adequate time to avoid them.
- 21% did not have a valid Class M Endorsement at time of crash. Though the majority of motorcyclists had a Class M Endorsement, it never hurts to 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.
- A couple crashes involved a vehicle failing to yield the right of way to motorcyclists. Remember to wait in pairs while at a stoplight or stop sign (MSF). And, never assume a driver will see you and yield to you.