The month of May is motorcycle safety awareness month and according to TX Dot, they have seen a five percent increase in motorcycle fatalities. Raul Leal works for TX Dot here in Laredo and says fifty percent of crashes involving a motorcycle; the driver of the other vehicles says they never saw them.
"From 2012 to 2013 we had a 5% increase in deaths. It went from 470 to 494 in 2013.
With this campaign TX Dot is asking drivers to look twice, leave plenty of space for motorcycles, and use your turn signals when switching lanes. This way you can avoid hitting a motorcycle. Marco Lopez has been riding his bike for seven years and has had a few close calls of his own.
“I’ve laid my back down before. This lady backed up real quick and caused me to damage my bike and me.
Riding a motorcycle can be dangerous especially when you have drivers trying to do multiple things behind the wheel. For motorcycle riders being aware of your surrounding is the name of the game and for Marco he says it's all part of riding.
"Yeah it's one of those things you have in the back of your mind. You just hope nothing bad happens to you along the way.”
"We need to be safe we’ve lost motorcyclist due to accidents the past few years and we just want to make sure we don’t add to the statistics”, says Raul Leal.