A motorcyclist has just as much right to the road as the other vehicles on the pavement. However, there are people in Houston who overlook motorcycles, either failing to yield to them or simply because they do not take the time to thoroughly check before switching lanes or merging. Motorcycle accidents can be extremely devastating, causing catastrophic injuries or even death, as one recent incident reminds us.
An 18-year-old driver was pulling out of a parking lot in Galveston when she struck a motorcycle carrying a man and his wife. The man, a retired Houston Police Department officer, was pronounced dead at the scene. His wife, who has been with the department for three decades, was taken to the hospital in critical condition.