According to the Texas Department of Transportation, there were 417 lives lost to motorcycle accidents last year in Texas. West Texas lost yet another life, Brandon Turnbow, yesterday afternoon in Midland.
Having lost a loved one to a motorcycle accident, justin fischer says it is a feeling he knows all too well.
“As a life-time rider, we all feel that loss. We hate hearing it, especially with what we do. You know with the rise of people and rise of business around here, it’s just a matter of… when it’s going to happen,” said Fischer.
While losing members of his community is a heartbreak for all, he says he cannot imagine living in a world where he could not ride.
“There’s nothing like the freedom of being on the back of a bike and, you know, forgetting your problems and letting everything else melt away.”
Fischer says while he believes Texas has one of the strictest state laws on who is allowed to ride, there is still a big gap in both drivers’ education. He says practicing safe driving must be a two way street.
“Accidents happen, that’s why they’re called accidents. Everybody is just trying to get home the way you are,” explained Fischer. “You gotta take care of the people around you, you gotta be mindful of how far you are from other cars, your reaction times and different things. It’s a big deal. If you already have your license, take an advanced riders’ course. Spend the time and the money. It might save your life.”