Officials caution drivers saying motorcyclists are 'vulnerable on the highway to accidents'

Officials caution drivers saying motorcyclists are 'vulnerable on the highway to accidents'
(Source: KTRE Staff)
(Source: KTRE Staff)

POLK COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - For the third time in the last two weeks, the Department of Public Safety is investigating a fatal motorcycle crash in Polk County.

Bikers in the area said they are on high alert, and urge drivers to use caution on the road.

Dennis Alverson has been riding a motorcycle for 48 years, but several decades ago, he lost his brother to a motorcycle crash and until this day, he remembers his dear sibling. Alverson said he's furious about the recent fatalities in the area.

"Yea, it angers me. But you know life goes on; you have to roll on. Just like, when I was coming from Lufkin, I ran in those rain storms, so you slow your speed down," Alverson said.

At least three deadly wrecks have been reported with the most recent one happening on Sunday.

Texas Department of Transportation officials said large part of these wrecks is because motorcyclists are smaller in size- compared to other vehicles.

"They're not held back by seat belts. They don't have steel walls around them that we have them in vehicles. They're vulnerable to on the highway to accidents," said Rhonda Oaks, a spokeswoman TxDOT.

For Bryon Lyons, the fatal crashes strike home, not only as a chief deputy for Polk County, but also as a motorcycle rider.

"We just go out there and do our best to be safe, safety conscious and hope that the other riders and drivers on the street are doing the same. If so, then the outcome should be better," Lyons said.

The outcome Lyons is referring to is reducing the number of annual motorcycle fatalities, especially when he lost a friend in an unexpected crash.

"This past January was the anniversary of the one-year death of a real close friend of mine who died in a motorcycle accident and it does strike home," Lyons said.

Every spring, TxDOT launches its Share the Road, Look Twice for Motorcycles campaign to prevent deadly crashes.

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