Motorcycle riding can be dangerous. That fact was highlighted last year by the 2012 Republic of Texas Bike Rally. The (ROT) rally happens every year and draws hundreds of thousands of eager motorcycle enthusiasts from all over the country to Austin, Texas. Around 200,000 motorcyclists and motorcycle enthusiasts are expected to fill the streets of Austin this year. The weekend of the ROT rally is known for being especially dangerous for motorists and last year the statistics showed that there was real reason for that concern.
Over the course of the weekend last year, there were 175 crashes, 95 injuries, 104 DWI arrests, and 5 deaths. Three of the 5 deaths involved motorcycles.
But motorcyclists will not be deterred and this year looks like it will be as big a draw as ever. Police are interested in making safety a priority and in bringing those numbers down.
The Austin Police Department teamed with 15 other various law enforcement agencies to form a new group called Arrive Alive Central Texas. The group has met to discuss options for vamping up safety measures and making sure that everything goes smoothly.
The Senior Police Officer outlined some of these specific strategies. "As far as the DWI, there is going to be a no refusal during the weekend," he says – a reference to APD’s program of mandatory blood draws for suspected drunk drivers. "There is going to be an increased number of officers on the roadways in an effort to make this event successful and safe."
"For people that are participating in the ROT rally, we ask that they don't drink and drive, especially if you're going to be on your motorcycle," he continues. "That is something that is going to compound a problem with people that are riding motorcycles."
Austin is known for heavy traffic and aggressive driving, and it is to these factors that police attribute the recent dramatic rise in recent deaths due to traffic accidents. The APD specifies that the huge increase in both pedestrian and motorist deaths between 2011 and 2011 can be attributed to these factors and to driver/pedestrian impairment.
Austin is not the only city with this problem. A report by the Governors Highway Safety Association in 2012 shows a projected 9 percent increase in motorcycle fatalities in the United States. Additionally, in the first portion of 2012 the report showed a 4.3 increase in motorcycle accident fatalities. Between 1997-2011 the number of motorcycle fatalities have actually doubled.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact a motorcycle accident attorney. If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed because of the negligence of another motorist, that person must be held responsible for their actions. An experienced motorcycle accident attorney can help you to get justice and to get the compensation for accident-related expenses and medical bills that you deserve in order to move forward with your life. As the sobering statistics show, motorcycle accidents have the potential to be devastating, and recovery can be painful and can take a long time. Having an attorney with expertise in handling these cases can at least give you some peace of mind in knowing that your case is in capable hands.
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