Two motorcyclists were victimized in two separate hit-and-run crashes Sunday. One victim was killed, and the other, a Harris County Sheriff's Deputy, was injured. These are just the latest in a disturbing trend of hit-and-run collisions in Houston.
Riding a motorcycle puts the rider at more risk than all other vehicles. This doesn't mean that people riding motorcycles are poor drivers or somehow it's their fault they were hurt. People can point back and forth as to the cause of the wreck, but it's not who caused the wreck as much as can the motorcyclist survive it? One of the main reasons motorcyclists are killed in crashes is because the motorcycle itself provides virtually no protection in a crash. For example, approximately 80 percent of reported motorcycle crashes result in injury or death; a comparable figure for automobiles is about 20 percent. NHTSA data from 2007 reveals that there are over four million motorcycles registered in the United States. Motorcycle fatalities represent approximately five percent of all highway fatalities each year, yet motorcycles represent just two percent of all registered vehicles in the United States.