By: Sean Chalaki
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Motorcycle fatalities down slightly in Texas
Texas motorcycle deaths dropped by 6 percent in 2012, according to reports by the Texas Department of Transportation. The department says in 2012, 460 people lost their lives in motorcycle or scooter accidents in the state, compared to 488 in 2011. Over half of those killed were not wearing helmets.
Even though motorcycle fatalities decreased from 2011 to 2012, the number of Texas motorcycle accident deaths has increased by a whopping 54 percent since 2004.
The Texas Department of Transportation has launched a public campaign to correspond with this month’s designation as National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. The agency is encouraging Texas drivers to “Share the Road” and “Look Twice”. Research by Texas A&M University’s Transportation Institute shows that in more than half of accidents where a motorcycle is involved, other drivers failed to see the motorcycle.
Almost 90 percent of motorcycle accidents involve injury or death. In 2012, 56 percent of the fatal motorcycle accidents occurred in city areas, while 44 percent occurred in Texas rural areas.
If you or someone you love is involved in a motorcycle accident, motorcycle injury attorney Sean Chalaki can help. Contact Sean Chalaki at the Law Office of Sean Chalaki located in Dallas at 972-793-8500.