EL PASO — In 2010, 429 motorcyclists were killed in traffic accidents in Texas. That number has been climbing in recent years. Rising gas prices and other factors are increasing the popularity of motorcycles and scooters. As safety devices like airbags continue to become more sophisticated in newer cars, fatal car accidents are becoming less common in recent years. Motorcycle deaths now account for 14 percent of all traffic deaths on Texas roads.
In most motorcycle accidents, car drivers say they did not see the motorcycle. TX-DOT is posting "share the road" signs and advertising on television reminding drivers to be on the lookout for motorcycles. By simply reminding drivers to watch for motorcycles and to give them proper amounts of space to operate, TX-DOT believes they can reduce motorcycle fatalities.