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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.

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

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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.
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Resolve automobile property damage claims.
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We can deal with the insurance companies.

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Motorcyclist Injured by Teen Hit-And-Run Driver

On Saturday night, a motorcyclist was struck and injured by an 18-year-old hit-and-run driver. According to KFDX News Channel Three, the incident happened just after 8:00 p.m. on Sheppard Access Road, near the Industrial Boulevard intersection. The motorcycle rider, 41-year-old James West, had to be flown to a Dallas area hospital for treatment of his injuries. Witnesses on the scene were able to lead law enforcement officers to the hit-and-run driver’s vehicle on Hirschi Street, where an apparently intoxicated 18-year-old Tanner Hutchins was arrested. He is now facing charges associated with the crash.

Motorcycle Wrecks in Texoma

Over the past few weeks, we’ve reported on several motorcycle wrecks across Texoma. In April, a multi-motorcycle wreck took the life of one rider and injured five others. The crash happened near Comanche and also involved a GMC Denali SUV. At the end of March, a drunk driver sent a female motorcycle rider to the hospital in Lawton. The driver involved was also in an SUV at the time of the wreck. The driver did not suffer from any injuries, but he was arrested and charged with driving under the influence (DUI).

U.S. Motorcycle Crash Statistics

  • In 2012, 4,957 motorcyclists were killed in crashes across the U.S.
  • In 2012, 428 motorcyclists were killed in Texas collisions.
  • Helmets are estimated to be 37-percent effective in preventing fatal injuries to riders.
  • The NHTSA estimates that helmets saved 1,699 motorcycle riders’ lives in 2012.

After an Accident

If you or somebody you love has been injured in a motorcycle accident due to somebody else’s negligent, careless or willfully dangerous behavior behind the wheel, you need to speak with an injury attorney. Recovering from a car or motorcycle accident can be a long and slow road. You could be out of work for an extended period of time with medical bills piling up. Whether you’ve been injured in an accident involving a drunk driver or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, the sooner you speak with a personal injury attorney, the better.

At this time, we don’t know the extent of James West’s injuries or his current condition, but we do know that he suffered from serious leg injuries. The team at the Altman Legal Group wishes James West a full and swift recovery from his injuries.

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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