During the cooler Fall months, more motorcycle riders take to the roads in Texas and across the nation. Drivers in Conroe are reminded to safely share the road with all other roadway users, including motorcyclists. Motorcycles are entitled to the same level of safety and respect that all other vehicles get.
A Conroe man was recently killed in a motorcycle crash in Wilbarger County, Texas. According to KAUZ News Channel Six, 60-year-old George Cleborn Barfield, Jr. was headed north on U.S. 287 through Oklaunion on his 2014 Harley-Davidson motorcycle, when for currently unknown reasons, the bike went into the center median and struck a cable barrier. Although Barfield was transported to Wilbarger General Hospital and later airlifted to a hospital in Lubbock, he did not survive his injuries.
Initial reports indicate that Barfield was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. Additionally, road conditions were reportedly dry at the time of the wreck. This is yet another sad reminder to always be vigilant of motorcycle riders on Texas roadways.
NHTSA’s Share The Road Motorcycle Safety Campaign
This fall and all yearlong, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is calling on drivers to Share The Road with motorcyclists. Motorcycle riders are at the mercy of their fellow roadway users. The most important part of safely sharing the road is making a commitment to distraction-free driving. If you’re texting or paying attention to your phone, you’re not sharing the road.
Also, always remember to give motorcycle riders plenty of room. Never tailgate or crowd a motorcycle. In the event of a roadway emergency, they need extra space to maneuver. A motorcycle can’t stop on a dime and should never have to run off the road to flee a dangerous situation.
U.S. Motorcycle Crash Statistics
- In 2015, there were 4,976 motorcycle riders killed in crashes across the nation.
- An additional 88,000 motorcyclists were injured in crashes in 2015.
- Per vehicle mile traveled, motorcyclist deaths occurred nearly 29 times more often than passenger car occupant fatalities in 2015 traffic crashes.
- Motorcyclists accounted for 14 percent of all traffic fatalities in 2015.
- In 2015, there were 422 motorcyclists killed on Texas roadways.
The Scott Law Firm sends their deepest condolences to Barfield’s family members, friends and loved ones. If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident caused by another driver’s dangerous or negligent actions, contact our office at (936) 270-8100 for a free case consultation today.