Even though there was less traffic on the roads in 2020, Texas Department of Transportation Safety Officials say there was a 17% increase in Texas motorcycle fatalities compared to 2019.
TxDOT is kicking off the annual Share the Road: Look Twice for Motorcycles campaign in honor of May being National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.
In 2020, 54% of Texas motorcycle fatalities occurred in an urban area with 46% in a rural area.
Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio and Arlington made the top 5 with Amarillo coming in at #10.
In 2020, the number of motorcycle traffic crashes in the Amarillo District totaled 134. These crashes resulted in seven motorcyclist, operators and passengers, deaths and 40 motorcyclists being seriously injured.
In just the city of Amarillo, the number of motorcycle traffic crashes totaled 100. These crashes resulted in four motorcyclist, operators and passengers, deaths and 31 motorcyclists being seriously injured.
TxDOT has these safety tips for drivers to protect motorcyclists and prevent crashes: