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Motorcycle crashes on the rise as more El Pasoans are on the roadways this summer

EL PASO, Texas (KVIA) -- Traffic experts are urging the importance of driving safely as more people hit the roads this summer, including motorcyclists.

According to the Texas Department of Transportation, crashes involving motorcycles continue to rise in the state of Texas. In 2022 alone, 562 motorcycle riders were killed.

In just one week in El Paso, three motorcycle riders have been killed on the roadways.

Experts know it is critical for drivers to pay extra attention and look out for motorcycles. Additionally, drivers are asked to be vigilant when turning in front of oncoming traffic and while changing lanes.

Jonathan Ward, a motorcyclist in El Paso, told ABC-7 he is always wearing the right equipment when he is on his motorcycle.

He said he added extra lights to his motorcycles so he is more visible to drivers.

Ward said he frequently travels across the country riding his motorcycle. He said he pays extra attention to the cars behind and in front of him at all times.

"You definitely need to be watchful," Ward said.

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