A motorcyclist was killed in Harris County on March 27 when he collided with a center median at high speed. The collision occurred at around 8:30 p.m. on FM 2920 close to the I-45 feeder road.

The Intersection Crash

Deputies with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office report that a motorcyclist was stopped at a red light before the crash. When the light changed, the motorcyclist accelerated rapidly, making it impossible for him to complete his turn before he collided with the center median. The victim was thrown from the motorcycle as a result of the crash.

The collision occurred on Sunday on FM 2920 near the feeder road for Interstate 45. First responders say there were no signs of life from the victim when they arrived on the scene.

At this time, the victim has not yet been identified.

Officers told reporters that speed was currently the only identified cause behind the incident and that neither alcohol nor another vehicle contributed to the crash.

Just three days prior, another motorcyclist was thrown from his vehicle following a series of collisions on Highway 6 in Harris County. On the morning of March 24th, a speeding motorcyclist first struck the back of an Acura that had been traveling southbound ahead of him.

Following this first collision, the motorcyclist then hit the center median and careened into the northbound lanes. Finally, the victim was thrown from his vehicle when he collided with a northbound Dodge Charger, head-on.

Both incidents remain under investigation.

Texas Motorcycle Accidents: Just How Deadly Are They?

According to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), in 2020, there were a total of 7,678 motorcycle accidents throughout Texas, resulting in 499 fatalities. This means that more than 6% of motorcycle accidents in the state result in at least one fatality, compared to less than half of one percent of all passenger car accidents. By the numbers, Texas motorcycle accidents are roughly 13 times deadlier than Texas passenger car accidents.

While it’s clear from these numbers that motorcycle accidents can be incredibly dangerous, it doesn’t show how Texas compares to other states. According to QuoteWizard, based on the rate of motorcycle fatalities per ten thousand registered motorcycles from 2010 to 2020, Texas is the fourth most dangerous state for motorcyclists. Across the nation, motorcycle fatalities actually increased by nearly 10% in 2020.

During that same time frame, alcohol played a role in almost all of the motorcycle fatalities in Texas. Compared to the national average of 79%, 98.6% of Texas motorcycle deaths happened following a crash involving alcohol intoxication levels of 0.01 or higher. 

Not wearing a helmet also makes riders far more likely to be killed in a crash. Helmets can reduce your risk of death in a crash by up to 69%, but helmet use is on the decline across the U.S. In the southern states, specifically, helmet use fell by nearly 5% from 2019 to 2020.

If you’ve been injured or lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident in Texas, reach out to your Houston auto accident attorneys for help making your case or claim for financial relief.

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Sources: KHOU11, ABC13

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