There were more than 100 motorcycle accidents in Amarillo last year.
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There were more than 100 motorcycle accidents in Amarillo last year.

Amarillo is a growing city, and with it comes growing traffic. In the summer, most of that traffic is on two wheels. Summer brings plenty of motorcycles.

There were more than 100 motorcycle accidents in Amarillo last year.

There’s a reason so many summer campaigns are launched urging people to “share the road.” According to the Texas Department of Transportation, nearly 600 cyclists died on Texas roads in 2023, and nearly 2,500 were seriously injured in crashes.

There are nearly 400,000 registered motorcycles in Texas

From June 2023 to July 7, 2024, there were 124 motorcycle accidents in Potter and Randall counties, 8 of which resulted in deaths. Many of these accidents occurred due to collisions with car drivers who failed to see the motorcycles or misjudged their distance or speed. Motorcycles can appear farther away than they actually are, which contributes to these accidents.

If you are in a car and on the road, you have just as much responsibility, if not more, than the motorcyclist sharing the road with you. When riding, especially in the warmer months, it is important to pay extra attention to motorcycles.

How to share the road:

  • Remember to check for motorcycles nearby.
  • Look around carefully and make sure there are no motorcycles to your left or right, in front of or behind you.
  • Always use turn signals and check blind spots.
  • If you are turning left and see a motorcycle coming your way, wait and let it pass. It is difficult to judge their distance and speed.
  • If there is a motorcyclist on the road in front of you, keep an appropriate distance from them.
  • Obey speed limits.

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This way you protect yourself and the people on the bike. Motorcyclists also need to obey the rules and be aware of their surroundings.

Texas Department of Transportation

Texas Department of Transportation

Also something to remember for both drivers and motorcyclists: don’t drink and drive. Many of these accidents have shown that one or more people involved in the accident had drugs or alcohol in their system.

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