May is National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month
In conjunction with National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, the Texas Department of Transportation kicked off the “Share the Road: Look Twice for Motorcycles” campaign to remind everyone to be on the alert and to share the road with motorcyclists.
At Glen Larson Law, our motorcycle accident attorneys in Austin are proud members of the National Academy of Motorcycle Injury Lawyers who are dedicated to protecting the rights and well-being of our biker communities throughout Texas.
As rider advocates, we also encourage all motorists to look once for a car and twice for a motorcycle year around, as a second look can help save a life.
Focusing on the Continuing Need to Educate Motorists About Motorcycle Safety
We know there is a stigma surrounding the motorcycle community that points to the rider being at fault after a collision occurs.
Our personal knowledge and legal experience say differently, and according to an issued statement from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, they confirm that is rarely the case.
“When motorcycles and other vehicles collide, it is usually the other (non-motorcycle) driver who violates the motorcyclist’s right of way.”
This reinforces the continuing need to help motorists consciously acknowledge motorcycle driving behaviors and to learn how to drive safely around them on our roadways.
Why Do Drivers Often Violate Motorcyclists’ Right of Way in Texas?
Crashes between motorcyclists and drivers often occur when drivers misjudge the motorcycle’s distance and speed and make left turns in front of an oncoming motorcyclist.
Motorists can help avoid these collisions by being aware of their surroundings and looking twice for motorcyclists sharing our roadways.
- Checking blind spots, mirrors, and always using turn signals when changing lanes and when passing
- Avoiding distracted driving at all costs
- Giving motorcyclists room when passing by moving over to the passing lane
- Staying back while traveling behind a motorcycle to maintain a safe following distance
- Slowing down and obeying posted speed limits and/or driving conditions
Our managing Austin personal injury lawyers and law firm founder, Glen Larson, started our Texas law firm more than a decade ago with one important goal: To provide legal protection for the injured through dedicated, driven results. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, we want to help.
Contact us today to learn more about how we can protect your rights and legal options during a free consultation.