A 59-year-old man was killed on Sunday, June 20th, when he collided with a car while riding a motorcycle. The car turned left in front of the motorcycle, leading to the collision.
The Deadly Motorcycle Crash
According to Arlington police, they responded to an accident in the 5400 block of South Cooper Street at around 12:23 a.m. involving a motorcycle and sedan.
The motorcycle was traveling north on South Cooper and the sedan was traveling south. The sedan attempted to turn left onto Green Oaks Boulevard at the intersection but was struck by the motorcyclist.
After the two vehicles collided, the 59-year-old motorcyclist was thrown from his bike. He suffered severe injuries and was transported to a nearby hospital where he later passed away.
No one else was injured in the incident.
The investigation into this accident remains underway. According to police, the sedan may have had a green protected arrow, meaning that it’s possible that the motorcyclist ran a red light.
Motorcycle Safety in Texas
In 2020, there were roughly 500 motorcycle accidents across the state of Texas. Despite there being fewer vehicles on the road during the pandemic, motorcycle accidents actually increased last year compared to 2019. Even more alarmingly, the likelihood that a motorcycle accident would result in a fatality increased by nearly 10% in 2020 in comparison to the prior year.
In 2020, roughly half of all motorcycle accidents in Texas resulted in death.
Unfortunately, the trend of motorcycle accidents becoming more deadly is in keeping with the trends witnessed in all types of accidents in 2020. While the increase was less significant, passenger car accidents were also more likely to result in at least one fatality compared to 2019.
It is true that accidents in 2020 tended to be more deadly across the board, but motorcycle accidents represented a particular problem.
There are 420,000 registered motorcycles in Texas, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. For comparison, there are nearly 13 million trucks currently registered in the state. For the first time since 2017, motorcycle accidents outpaced truck accidents in 2020. Given the increase in trucking throughout the pandemic, this fact is remarkably striking.
The vast majority, 96%, of all motorcycle fatalities are of the motorcyclist themselves. Motorcycle accidents are far less dangerous for the drivers of other cars involved in the crash. However, this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t worry about getting into an accident with a motorcyclist.
Texas authorities have been working for years to combat the high number of motorcycle accidents in the state. The statewide “Share the Road: Look Twice for Motorcycles” campaign urges drivers to use caution and watch for motorcyclists, especially at intersections where many of these types of accidents occur. The program includes a variety of shareable posts, printable signs and stickers, press materials, and informational videos.
If you ride motorcycles on the road in Texas, always be sure to wear a helmet and drive at a safe speed. For car and truck drivers, you can check out Lapeze & Johns’ handy guide to safely sharing the road with motorcycles. Download our tips and share them with friends to help keep motorcyclists safe.
If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident in Texas, call the Houston car accident attorneys of Lapeze & Johns to discover your options for relief.