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A motorcycle accident claims 1 life per day in Texas

During the summer months, the roads and highways around the country will be occupied by an increased number of motorcycle riders. This, in conjunction with the seasonal increase of travelers in general, will result in more motorcycle accidents, and fatalities as a result of those crashes. In Texas, the Department of Transportation has launched a campaign to increase driver awareness of motorcyclists as they share the road, and will hopefully reduce the number of deaths from a motorcycle accident.

May has been designated as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month by TxDOT. They are participating in several events and festivals throughout the month in order to highlight motorcycle safety. A recent article reports that, on average, one motorcyclist perishes in a Texas wreck every day. Last year, the state reported that 455 people were lost due to crashes.

The article includes several tips for motor vehicle drivers as they share the road with motorcyclists with increasing frequency during the summer months. As an example, drivers are encouraged to be more vigilant about using turn signals when they are changing lanes, to check mirrors closely as they change lanes and to look twice for motorcycles when pulling out from an intersection. Also, the article states that it is important to avoid following a motorcycle too closely.

Even though drivers may be more aware of motorcyclists due to this campaign, accidents will undoubtedly continue to occur. Victims and/or their loved ones in Texas who have been injured or impacted by a motorcycle accident could benefit from seeking the advice of an attorney. An attorney experienced with personal injury law could be able to guide clients through the legal process to pursue reimbursement of financial losses caused by a negligent driver.

Source: northdallasgazette.com, "Texas drivers urged to look twice to prevent deadly motorcycle crashes", May 12, 2016

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