TxDOT stresses motorcycle safety awareness

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POSTED: Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 5:01pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 8:35am

It's easy to miss signs like this one when you're a driver on the road. But because reports from the Texas Department of Transportation shows there's been an increase in motorcycle accidents, the "Share the Road: Look Twice for Motorcycles" campaign is an attempt to spread awareness.

"People are texting, eating in a hurry nowadays," said Mad Boar Harley Davidson general manager Brad Willcutt. "They're switching lanes without clearing the lane. It's endangerment to motorcycles. If you don't see them and don't take that second you can run over them real easy or run them off the road."

Willcutt says one of the main issues is that motorists tend to not even notice bikers because they have much smaller vehicles. This can ultimately cause fatalities.

"When you're riding to work in the morning in your vehicle, how many incidents do you have where someone almost cuts you off? Now try putting yourself on a two wheel machine that you don't have the option of the doors and the hood and the roof around you to absorb any impact," said Willcutt.

But just as motorists need to pay attention, there are things motorcyclists can do to be prepared.

This is just an example of some of the safety gear that motorcyclists wear to ensure a safe ride. They have a high visibility vest and a full-faced helmet.

"Unfortunately, we can't lock up on our breaks and slide to a stop," said Willcutt. "Most likely, we lock up our breaks, we're gonna go down so we can't stop as safely as an automobile can."

...which is why being cautious can not only save your life, but someone else's.

"Just slow down, pay attention to your surroundings, give us a little room out there on the road. Don't cut in front of us, don't tailgate us."

Remember, look twice...save a life.

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