We're halfway through the summer but this is no time to lose focus on riding safely on Texas roadways. Numerous factors can lead to catastrophic injuries even if riders follow every traffic law. There might be additional things to remember, however, that can increase your chances of escaping a ride unscathed.
Motorcyclists are at an immediate safety disadvantage. Every vehicle other than the motorcycle is larger which, according to physics, does not bode well for the motorcyclist or passengers. People ride motorcycles because they enjoy it and because it allows a sense of freedom that cannot be replicated with other types of vehicles. However, a motorcyclist on Texas roads recently passed away as a result of the injuries he suffered when he was involved in a motorcycle accident with a passenger vehicle.
Most Texas motorcycle riders are aware that car and truck drivers often just don't see motorcycles. And unlike drivers of larger vehicles, motorcyclists aren't protected in a collision by an automobile or truck body. As a result, when a negligent or distracted driver collides with a motorcycle, the motorcyclist often suffers catastrophic injuries or even death. Motorcycle riders know they need to ride defensively at all times. But defensive riding can't control the actions of a negligent driver who is not looking out for motorcycles.