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National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) are currently observing National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. They’re calling on drivers in Texas and all around the country to “Share the Road” with motorcycle rider. Motorcyclists continue to be one of the more vulnerable roadway user groups. Even with helmets, they’re still at an increased risk for catastrophic and potentially deadly injuries. Drivers are reminded to put their phones down and pay attention to the road. Motorcycles are smaller than traditional passenger occupant vehicles, so drivers need to be on the lookout.

Motorcycle Crash Statistics

  • In Texas in 2015, 455 motorcycle riders died in traffic crashes.
  • An additional 1,867 motorcycle riders were injured in crashes across the state.
  • In 2014, 4,586 motorcyclists were killed in crashes nationwide.
  • An additional 88,000 motorcycle riders were injured across the country in 2014.
  • Helmets saved an estimated 1,630 motorcyclists in 2014.

Share The Road with Motorcycles

Sharing the road is all about being a courteous, respectful and attentive roadway user. Drivers that share the road always check their mirrors and blind spots before changing lanes. Motorcyclists need more room to maneuver in the event of a roadway emergency, so drivers are reminded to give them plenty of space. You should never try to share a lane with a motorcycle rider either. Listed below are the TxDOT’s top five tips for drivers to improve motorcycle safety.

TxDOT’s Tips for Drivers

  1. Look twice for motorcycles, especially at intersections.
  2. Use turn signals.
  3. Don’t follow Motorcycles too closely and give them a full lane.
  4. Check mirrors and blind spots before switching lanes.
  5. Always assume motorcycles are closer than they appear.

Put Down the Phone

The best way to keep motorcycle riders safe this month and all year long, is to make a commitment to distraction-free driving. You can’t Share the Road with motorcycles if you’re sending or receiving a text. Put down the phone, and lookout for motorcycles, pedestrians, cyclists and other roadway users. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident due to a dangerous, distracted or negligent driver in Wichita Falls or in any of the surrounding Texoma communities, contact the skilled and proven team at the Altman Legal Group at 940-761-4000 for a free case consultation.

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Motorcycle Safety in Wichita Falls

News Channel Six recently reported on injury-causing and fatal motorcycle crashes in Wichita Falls over the past 12 months. At least three motorcycle fatalities have occurred in the city this year, and all three deaths have something in common. The riders were not wearing helmets at the time of their crashes. In Texas, riders under the age of 21 are required to wear helmets, but riders over the age of 21 can choose to ride unprotected. Although the State of Texas requires motorcycle riders to take a foundation safety course, where helmet use is heavily emphasized, many riders across the state still choose to ride without a helmet.

Motorcycle Crash Facts

  • In 2013, 4,668 motorcyclists were killed in crashes.
  • An estimated 88,000 motorcyclists were injured in crashes in 2013.
  • Per vehicle mile traveled, motorcyclist fatalities occurred 26 times more frequently than passenger car occupant fatalities in 2013 crashes.
  • Motorcycle helmets saved an estimated 1,630 lives in 2013.
  • In states without universal helmet laws, 59 percent of motorcyclists killed in 2013 were not wearing helmets, as compared to 8 percent in states with universal helmet laws.

Improving Rider Safety in Texoma

Riders in Texoma and across the nation are encouraged to increase their personal safety through the use of protective gear. Helmets, gloves, boots, jackets and safety vests are all great ways to reduce your chances of potentially catastrophic or fatal injuries in the event of a crash. When shopping for helmets, it’s also important to choose a safety-rated helmet with full jaw and facial coverage. Try to avoid the skullcap style, which doesn’t offer much protection to vulnerable facial and jaw bones in the event of a crash.

Share The Road in Wichita Falls

Wearing a helmet and practicing safe riding techniques aren’t the only ways to keep motorcyclists safe in Wichita Falls. Riders are counting on other drivers to Share the Road and lookout for them. Whether you’re getting ready to make a left turn at an intersection or changing lanes on the highway, remember to check your mirrors and blind spots and always be on the lookout for motorcycle riders.

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident due to somebody else’s dangerous or negligent driving, contact the skilled team at the Altman Legal Group at 940-761-4000 for a free case consultation.

Representing Victims And Families
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Our attorneys are happy to accommodate difficult schedules. We can meet you in the early morning or late afternoon hours.

We can even schedule appointments on the weekends. We are also available to meet you at home or in the hospital if you do not have transportation, or if your injury doesn’t allow you to travel.

What We Offer Clients And Their Loved Ones:

Initial consultations on personal injury cases are always free.
You do not pay us unless we win your case on personal injury cases.
We`re available to answer your legal questions.
We can be an advocate for your loved ones.
Help provide families with resources and advice.
Resolve automobile property damage claims.
Help you find a doctor, even if you don`t have insurance.
We can deal with the insurance companies.

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Fatal Motorcycle Crash in Wichita County

On Friday night, a collision involving a car and a motorcycle in Wichita County took the life of an Electra man. According to KFDX News Channel Three, the incident happened sometime before 10:00 p.m., on the 7800 block of Seymour Highway. The 58-year-old motorcycle rider, Willie Potter, was headed eastbound on his Kawasaki when a suspected drunk driver struck him from behind. Although he was rushed to United Regional Hospital, he did not survive his injuries. The driver who struck him, 46-year-old Melissa Kay Trejo, was also taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries, before being booked in to Wichita County jail.

Drunk Driver Hits Motorcyclist

Authorities report that Trejo was traveling at high speeds when she struck Potter’s motorcycle. After she hit the motorcycle, her Nissan Pathfinder then crossed the roadway and into westbound traffic. It went through three fences and knocked a 500-gallon propane tank off of its foundation. The car finally came to rest in a drainage ditch, near the Wichita West Volunteer Fire Department. On Saturday morning, she was booked and charged with intoxicated driving.

Motorcycle Accidents by The Numbers

  • In 2012, 4,957 motorcycle riders were killed in crashes across the nation.
  • In 2011, 4,630 motorcyclists were killed in wrecks.
  • An estimated 93,000 motorcyclists were injured in 2012, a 15 percent increase from the 81,000 motorcycle riders injured in 2011.
  • In 2012, per vehicle mile traveled, motorcycle riders were more than 26 times more likely than passenger occupants to die in a collision.
  • Texas is one of the national leaders in motorcycle crash deaths each year.
  • In 2012, 428 motorcycle riders were killed in Texas crashes.

Motorcycle Accidents in Wichita Falls

Drivers in Wichita Falls and across the nation need to be looking out for motorcyclists, pedestrians, cyclists and other vulnerable roadway users. Although the investigation of this fatal collision on Seymour Highway may still be ongoing, one thing is certain, motorcyclists are truly at the mercy of their fellow motorists. Even with advances in safety technology for riders and cyclists, riders can become devastatingly, catastrophically or fatally injured, even in motorcycle accidents at relatively low speeds. If drivers are alcohol or drug impaired, they’re not looking out for motorcycles. Distracted drivers are also putting lives in danger, every day.

The team at the Altman Legal Group sends their deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Willie Potter.

Representing Victims And Families
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Our attorneys are happy to accommodate difficult schedules. We can meet you in the early morning or late afternoon hours.

We can even schedule appointments on the weekends. We are also available to meet you at home or in the hospital if you do not have transportation, or if your injury doesn’t allow you to travel.

What We Offer Clients And Their Loved Ones:

Initial consultations on personal injury cases are always free.
You do not pay us unless we win your case on personal injury cases.
We`re available to answer your legal questions.
We can be an advocate for your loved ones.
Help provide families with resources and advice.
Resolve automobile property damage claims.
Help you find a doctor, even if you don`t have insurance.
We can deal with the insurance companies.

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Drunk Driver Injures Lawton Motorcyclist

On Saturday, a drunk driver in Lawton sent a motorcyclist to the hospital. According to KSWO ABC News Channel Seven, the wreck happened sometime around 6:45 p.m. on Cache Road, near 21st Street. Apparently, an SUV driver pulled out onto Cache Road in front of the motorcycle. The female motorcycle rider was swiftly transported to the hospital for treatment of injuries. She suffered from a broken arm and hip injuries. At least three lanes of traffic had to be closed as first responders and crews worked the scene.

SUV Driver Arrested

The driver of the SUV was arrested and charged with driving under the influence (DUI). He did not suffer any injuries in the crash. Very few details have been released, and we do not know the age or name of the injured motorcycle rider. There has also been no word on her current condition.

Motorcycle Crash Facts

  • In 2012, 4,957 motorcyclists were killed in crashes across the U.S.
  • From 2011 to 2012, there was a seven percent increase in motorcycle crash fatalities.
  • In 2012, an estimated 93,000 motorcyclists were injured.
  • In 2012, an estimated 81,000 motorcyclists were injured.
  • Per vehicle mile traveled, motorcyclists were 26 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a traffic crash in 2012.

Share The Road

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is calling on drivers to Share the Road with motorcyclists. An important part of sharing the road is making a commitment to distraction-free driving. If you’re reading a text message, you’re not looking out for motorcycles and other roadway users. Drivers are also encouraged to check blind spots before changing lanes and remember to watch for motorcycles before pulling onto busy roadways.

After a Motorcycle Crash

Motorcyclists are a vulnerable roadway user group. They don’t have the added protection of a steel cage, seat belts and air bags. Even with helmets and other protective gear, they’re at the mercy of other drivers on the road. If drivers are distracted, impaired or just plain reckless, motorcyclists, motorists, pedestrians and other roadway users are put at great risk. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident, contact a skilled personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.

The team at the Altman Legal Group wishes the injured motorcyclist a full and swift recovery from her injuries.

Representing Victims And Families
since 1982

Our attorneys are happy to accommodate difficult schedules. We can meet you in the early morning or late afternoon hours.

We can even schedule appointments on the weekends. We are also available to meet you at home or in the hospital if you do not have transportation, or if your injury doesn’t allow you to travel.

What We Offer Clients And Their Loved Ones:

Initial consultations on personal injury cases are always free.
You do not pay us unless we win your case on personal injury cases.
We`re available to answer your legal questions.
We can be an advocate for your loved ones.
Help provide families with resources and advice.
Resolve automobile property damage claims.
Help you find a doctor, even if you don`t have insurance.
We can deal with the insurance companies.

Free Consultation

Over 40 Years of Experience

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