One person is dead following a motorcycle and SUV crash over the weekend. The crash happened on Saturday, October 30th in Arlington. The passengers of the SUV were not injured, but the driver of the motorcycle was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Motorcycle and SUV Crash
On Saturday, October 30th around 12 p.m., a motorcycle and SUV collided in the 2600 block of Dottie Lynn Parkway.
According to Arlington Police investigators, the Chevrolet Traverse was heading southbound, preparing to turn left into the Village Creek Historical Area. At the same time, the motorcyclist was traveling northbound. When the SUV turned, the motorcycle crashed into the vehicle.
The 44-year-old male driver of the motorcycle was pronounced dead at the scene.
After further investigation, the motorcyclist was believed to be driving at a high ratre of speed when the crash occurred.
According to police, the passengers of the SUV were not injured. Police have also stated that the driver of the SUV will not be facing any criminal charges.
Motorcycle Crashes and Safety
Driving a motorcycle can be a thrilling experience. There aren’t any walls to hold you back, and you get to experience the road up close and personal. Unfortunately, that freedom brings with it many dangers and risks. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 5,014 motorcyclists were killed in 2019. This number accounted for 14 percent of traffic fatalities that year.
Traveling at high speeds, not wearing a helmet, and not properly signaling can all lead to fatal crashes for motorcyclists. Even if the motorcyclist follows all the proper safety precautions, other vehicles on the road can pose a serious threat. Drivers tend not to notice or watch out for motorcycles on the road.
To protect yourself when driving a motorcycle, here are some safety tips to follow:
- Wear the proper protective gear
- Stay off your phone and get rid of all other distractions
- Know your bike inside and out
- Complete motorcycle safety courses
- Be aware of distracted drivers
- Look out for safety risks on the road
- Avoid riding in the rain or in hazardous weather conditions
As mentioned earlier, a motorcyclist can follow all the proper safety precautions and still be at risk for car crashes due to other drivers on the road. To protect motorcyclists on the road, it is important that other drivers follow these tips:
- Watch your blind spots before changing lanes
- Give the motorcycle plenty of space when following and passing
- Use your turn signal when you intend to turn
- Stay in your own lane
- Obey and follow all posted traffic signs and signals
- Keep the motorcyclist visible if possible
Motorcycle crashes can happen due to the carelessness of the motorcyclist or other drivers around them. By following the proper safety precautions, you can protect yourself and other vehicles out on the road.
If you’re the driver of a motorcycle, avoid the urge to speed, and always wear the proper safety gear. For other drivers out on the road, pay extra attention to the motorcyclists around you. That way, everyone will be safer.
If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident in Texas, contact the Houston car accident attorneys at Lapeze & Johns today to seek justice and financial relief.