Texas Motorcycle Accident Leads to One Death
About the Houston Motorcycle Accident
According to the Beaumont Enterprise, the driver, Paul Dickson, was driving his motorcycle on Texas 73 in Jefferson County, Texas when he apparently lost control of his vehicle, causing him to drive off of the roadway.
Dickson was thrown from the motorcycle after driving into a tree line and was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators stated the man was wearing a helmet while driving his 2006 Harley Davidson.
Although Dickson is not suspected of intoxication, Justice of the Peace Ray Chesson has ordered an autopsy.
There were no other vehicles damaged or people injured in connection with the single-vehicle accident.
Statistics on Motorcycle Accidents
The following information was provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):
- 4,668 motorcyclists were killed in accidents in 2013.
- An estimated 88,000 motorcyclists were injured while operating a motorcycle.
- Motorcyclist fatalities occurred 26 times more often than car occupant fatalities per vehicle mile traveled.
- 457 motorcyclists died in Texas in 2013, second in the nation only to Florida.
- 38% of these fatalities (187) were wearing helmets.
- Helmets are estimated to be only 37% percent effective (per 100 fatalities, 37 could be saved from wearing a helmet).