TxDOT: On average, a motorcyclist dies each day on Texas roads

TxDOT: On average, a motorcyclist dies each day on Texas roads

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

417 motorcyclists were killed last year on Texas roads alone, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. 

In fact, that was the most of any state, accounting for 10% of the nation's motorcycle fatalities. 

DPS Lt. Bryan Witt said intersections are the most common crash spots, and that looking twice, may save a life.

"Motorcycles are harder to see and it's hard to judge how fast they're going also because they're a smaller vehicle. Interesections are probably the most deadliest place for a motorcycle rider with people pulling out in front of them. So it's very important when you come to these intersections to make sure you look both ways a couple times before you proceed through that intersection," Lt. Witt said.

On average, a motorcyclist dies every day on Texas roads, according to TxDOT. 

Lt. Witt said there is an underlying theme with many of these crashes.

"The big number is that 52% of these motorcycle fatalities in Texas in 2017, the riders or passengers weren't wearing a helmet. That should be a golden rule. If you're going to get on the road, you should put that helmet on," Lt. Witt said.

The Lubbock Police Department will host a citizens motor academy this summer, where Officer Aaron Spann said they will teach people the safe way to ride. 

"It's not just get on a bike and go. There are so many other things that are important when you're on two wheels. I mean, it's paramount. It's a life and death situation really," Spann said.

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