One person is dead after a motorcycle crash in Fort Worth, Texas. The crash occurred Tuesday, August 16, at around 12:20 a.m.
The Motorcycle Crash
On Tuesday, August 16, at around 12:20 a.m., a motorcycle driver was traveling eastbound on 28th Street at a high rate of speed.
At the same time, a vehicle heading westbound was attempting to turn left onto Deen Road. According to police, the driver of the motorcycle laid the bike down before entering the intersection, where the motorcycle struck the rear of the turning vehicle. Police are unsure if the rider himself also struck the vehicle during impact.
Police responded to the scene of the crash and pronounced the motorcyclist dead. According to police, the motorcycle driver was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. It is unclear whether anyone else was injured in the collision.
An investigation is ongoing into the deadly crash.
Motorcycle Safety Tips
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 5,579 motorcyclists were killed in traffic crashes in 2020. This makes motorcyclists 28 times more likely to die in traffic crashes than passenger vehicle occupants.
Both motorcyclists and passenger vehicles have a duty to share the road with each other safely. However, driving a motorcycle comes with a lot of responsibility, and drivers must be aware and prepared to follow the proper motorcycle safety tips:
- Attend a safety course — There are plenty of safety courses available for motorcyclists to take before heading on the road. Attending a safety course can help prepare you for the ins and outs of handling a motorcycle.
- Wear protective gear — A motorcyclist should always wear the proper protective gear, including a helmet, goggles, a leather jacket, leather pants, boots, and gloves.
- Check the weather — Before taking a motorcycle on the road, always check the weather to make sure it is safe to drive. Motorcyclists should avoid driving in the rain, ice, and snow because it creates limited visibility and traction for the vehicle.
- Inspect your vehicle — Always inspect your motorcycle before driving it. Check the headlights, tire pressure, brakes, and oil to ensure your bike is safe to drive.
- Avoid speeding — Driving at high rates of speed is dangerous for any vehicle, especially motorcycles. Speeding can cause a driver to lose control of the vehicle and crash easily.
- Stay visible — Because a motorcycle is smaller than other passenger vehicles, it’s important that you stay visible as much as possible. Avoid other drivers’ blind spots, use your turn signals, and wear reflective clothing to help with visibility.
Driving a motorcycle can be a thrilling experience, but it can also be dangerous if safety precautions are not taken. A moment of adrenaline is not worth risking your life or the lives of other drivers on the road.
If you’ve been in a motorcycle accident, contact Lapeze & Johns today to get started on your claim.