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Old 10-09-2013, 02:39 AM   #1
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Texas Takes Action on Motorcycle Deaths

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Old 10-09-2013, 02:44 AM   #2
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When summer comes around, many Texans love jumping on their bikes and cruising through the countryside. In fact, the number of motorcycles in Texas has more than doubled since 2000, and by 2015, there may be twice as many again.
However, riding a bike in Texas can be a risky business. Right now, the rate of deaths among motorcyclists there is 17.5% higher than it is in the US as a whole. Despite that, things are actually getting a bit better – in 2012, 460 people were killed in motorcycle accidents in the Lone Star State, compared to 488 in 2011. Prior to that, motorcycle accidents in Texas had risen by 56% since 2004, which is broadly in line with the increase in motorcycle ownership. Perhaps one of the main reasons for higher rates in Texas than in the rest of the country is that there is no legal requirement to wear a helmet there – and indeed this was the case in 46% of Texas motorcycle fatalities in 2011.

Motorcycle accidents are particularly concerning, since unlike car crashes, injury rates are extremely high, with nearly 90% of motorcycle crashes leading to either death or injury. While Texas has a robust legal system that allows victims and families to get adequate compensation, it is obviously better to avoid incidents on the road rather than having to hire a wrongful death attorney in Dallas. It is expected that the Federal Highway Administration will provide new insights into why these death and injury rates are so high when it releases its planned Motorcycle Crash Causation Study in 2015, providing a detailed analysis of the underlying reasons behind more than 280 collisions throughout the United States.
The Texas Department of Transportation has been taking active steps to help protect motorcyclists while they are on the road. For example, their “Look Twice for Motorcycles” campaign was designed to raise awareness of the issues that motorcycle riders face. Among other things, it stressed the need to look out for motorcycles at intersections – nearly half of the fatal motorcycle accidents in Texas happen at crossroads. The campaign was rolled out across major markets in Texas including Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio and El Paso, and included both newspaper and television coverage.

Another organization in Texas that was set up to drive down motorcycle deaths and injuries is the Texas Motorcycle Safety Coalition (TMSC). Established in 2008, the organization provides a public forum for developing strategies that enhance motorcycle safety, including improving safety program effectiveness and strengthening government regulations. It also takes an active role in raising public awareness around motorcycle safety issues, and in educating drivers of other vehicles about what they can do to avoid motorcycle crashes. Among other accomplishments, the organization provided the majority of the members in a working group that established the requirements for an omnibus cycle safety bill that successfully passed the Texas state legislature. The organization also hosts an annual motorcycle safety forum that brings together cycle safety advocates to share information and establish new opportunities for improving motorcycle safety.
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Old 10-09-2013, 05:31 AM   #4
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Old 10-09-2013, 07:22 AM   #5
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Ummm if the number of motorcycles increased that means the number of accidents will increase lol
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Old 10-09-2013, 07:41 AM   #7
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I bet if there was a mandatory helmet law, you'd see a substantial drop in fatalaties. I'll never understand why a helmet isn't mandatory in all 50 states. It's against the law to ride around without your seatbelt on and it should be the same with helmets. If you really want to ride, you'll suck it up and put on the proper gear.
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Texas is full of squids.
Every state has lots of squids, ours just have an excuse that its hot.

"with nearly 90% of motorcycle crashes leading to either death or injury"
what about the crashes that happen on the back roads that never get reported. A lot of riders just lowside get up, dust them selves off and keep on going. If we added those then this would probably be significantly lower.
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I bet if there was a mandatory helmet law, you'd see a substantial drop in fatalaties. I'll never understand why a helmet isn't mandatory in all 50 states. It's against the law to ride around without your seatbelt on and it should be the same with helmets. If you really want to ride, you'll suck it up and put on the proper gear.
I wouldn't bet on it.... look at the accidents posted this year. Count how many definitivly would haved lived with a helmet.
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Every state has lots of squids, ours just have an excuse that its hot.

"with nearly 90% of motorcycle crashes leading to either death or injury"
what about the crashes that happen on the back roads that never get reported. A lot of riders just lowside get up, dust them selves off and keep on going. If we added those then this would probably be significantly lower.
not to mention that grouping death and an unspecified degree on injury together in a statistic is pointless.
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I bet if there was a mandatory helmet law, you'd see a substantial drop in fatalaties. I'll never understand why a helmet isn't mandatory in all 50 states. It's against the law to ride around without your seatbelt on and it should be the same with helmets. If you really want to ride, you'll suck it up and put on the proper gear.
Everyone should be free to make their own choice. Stupid or not. Dont want to wear a helmet, fine. Dont want to wear a seatbelt, fine. Want to smoke, fine. Want to OD on Tylenol, fine. Want to run from here to Mexico with no shoes, and only a speedo on, fine. Want to try to jump your house on a MX bike, in a dress, fine.
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Everyone should be free to make their own choice. Stupid or not. Dont want to wear a helmet, fine. Dont want to wear a seatbelt, fine. Want to smoke, fine. Want to OD on Tylenol, fine. Want to run from here to Mexico with no shoes, and only a speedo on, fine. Want to try to jump your house on a MX bike, in a dress, fine.
Agreed. Just because something is stupid, doesn't mean Uncle Sam has any right to legislate it. "Safety laws" are essentially the same as saying, "you're too stupid to make the right choice, so we'll make it for you and fine you if you disagree."
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I wouldn't bet on it.... look at the accidents posted this year. Count how many definitivly would haved lived with a helmet.
I would absolutely bet on it. Of the 46% it mentions died and were not wearing helmets, I bet 1/3 to 1/2 would have lived just by wearing a lid. It's a proven fact that seatbelts, airbags, AND helmets save lives.
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If you feel that its unsafe to ride without a lid and it should be illegal to ride without one, how would you feel if riding a motorcycle was made illegal due to safety concerns? No doubt lives would be saved, but should it be mandatory? I don't think so. People die, thats what happens. If we got that concerned about death, we could just outlaw anything deemed unsafe.
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"Perhaps one of the main reasons for higher rates in Texas than in the rest of the country is that there is no legal requirement to wear a helmet there and indeed this was the case in 46% of Texas motorcycle fatalities in 2011."
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Not saying I'm against people making their own decisions either, but I don't believe in blaming cagers for everything. I understand ones want to have their face in the wind, but be ok with even a small accident raising the probability of your own death.
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If you feel that its unsafe to ride without a lid and it should be illegal to ride without one, how would you feel if riding a motorcycle was made illegal due to safety concerns? No doubt lives would be saved, but should it be mandatory? I don't think so. People die, thats what happens. If we got that concerned about death, we could just outlaw anything deemed unsafe.
If that's how you want to look at it, we will ban cars as well, since people die in them and since they can be unsafe. My point is, helmets save lives. They're not going to save every life when invovled in an accident, but your chances of surviving are much greater. That's all I'm saying. If they want to inact a law making helmets mandatory, I have no issue with this.
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If that's how you want to look at it, we will ban cars as well, since people die in them and since they can be unsafe. My point is, helmets save lives. They're not going to save every life when invovled in an accident, but your chances of surviving are much greater. That's all I'm saying. If they want to inact a law making helmets mandatory, I have no issue with this.
Thats what he said.

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