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In the state of Texas, getting your drivers license when you turn 16 is a typical milestone on your journey to adulthood. In northern states and denser metropolitan areas, obtaining a drivers license immediately may not be such a household tradition, as many families rely heavily on public transportation. The wide open plains of Texas are filled with drivers bustling to and from work, home, and travel. However, smaller personal vehicles sharing the road with commercial-grade trucks can pose a very real threat to your daily routine.
Over the last two decades, the number of vehicles on Texas highways increased by 23%, which was 7 points higher than the national average of 16%. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, in 2017 there were more than 16,000 large-truck crashes in Texas. There were also 7% more of these crashes than the previous year.
The larger, longer, and heavier the truck, the more severe the car wreck. Massive commercial-grade trucks are difficult to pass in heavy traffic, and they also take a longer time and distance to come to a complete stop. This additional force wears through their brakes, tires, and other safety features at a faster rate.
Lane Splitting – the practice of going between cars moving slowly or at a standstill while riding a motorcycle – has been a common technique used by motorcyclists for years. Motorcycle rider advocates in Texas cite studies that show that lane splitting contributes to a significant reduction of rear-end rider fatalities. They also say that it can reduce rider fatalities, improve rider safety, and reduce traffic congestion.
But what does Texas law say about lane splitting?
Well, not much – at least not yet.
Motorcycles and bicycles, when operated correctly, can be an absolutely safe, healthy, and fun form of transportation. However, in case of accident, they can leave the rider completely devastated with injuries, as they are far less protective than a vehicle with four wheels.
This is why it is so absolutely vital to wear a helmet at all times. Even if you are one of the most careful riders on the road, you cannot ensure everyone else on the road is following these rules as adamantly as you are. Therefore, the risks of accident or injury are high.
In fact, being involved a bicycle or motorcycle accident without the protection of a helmet can not only result in devastating brain, facial, or head injuries, and these injuries can absolutely be fatal. Victims of head injuries who are lucky enough to survive are often left bereft of much of the quality of their life. Now more than ever, laws are governing for motorcyclists and bicyclists to wear a helmet the same way a driver is asked to wear a seatbelt – it is just as, if not more, important.