On Apr 21, longtime motorcyclist Leonard Goff was killed in a motorcycle accident. Goff’s friends believe he would have survived the accident if he had been wearing a helmet. A police report also indicates that drinking may have been involved. Goff’s death was the eighth motorcycle accident fatality in San Antonio.
Along with 16 other states, Texas is one of the few states that have experienced a decrease in motorcycle accident fatalities. While fatality numbers tend to fluctuate, the cause behind the recent decrease may be due to a greater focus on motorcycle safety and mandatory helmet laws. In 1997, the Texas legislature repealed a law that required all motorcycle riders to wear a helmet. However, helmets were still mandatory for riders under the age of 21. The number of motorcycle accident fatalities immediately increased after the law was repealed.
The Texas Department of Transportation responded in 2008 with an aggressive education campaign about the importance of wearing a helmet in motorcycle safety. The TxDOT believes the campaign is what caused the subsequent drop in fatalities. After the agency conducted interviews, motorists indicated that in most accident cases they did not see the motorcycle that was involved in the collision. The campaign focused on educating motorists about sharing the road with motorcycles. Efforts also included increased advertising, road signage and education for motorcyclists and drivers.
While Texas law does not require motorcyclists to wear a helmet, motorcycle riders are required to carry medical insurance that covers motorcycle accident injuries and complete a motorcycle training course. Nevertheless, wearing a helmet can mitigate serious injuries and save lives. Although carrying adequate insurance coverage is mandatory, motorcyclists who are involved in an accident may experience financial and emotional hardship. In such situations, an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer, like the one that can be found at http://personal-injury.jeffdavislawfirm.com may be able to help victims pursue a personal injury and secure compensation.
Source: My San Antonio, “Motorcyclists’ deaths dropped in S.A., Texas,” Eva Ruth Moravec, April 29, 2013