It's hard to say. According to a recent report by the Governors Highway Safety Association, annual motorcycle deaths fell 2 percent in the first nine months of 2010. The improvement was short-lived, however: in the last quarter of the year, the fatalities began climbing.
Several theories arise as to why the death rate fell in the first part of the year. Some say it was a result of the economy-fuel prices were up, so recreational motorcycle riders chose to forgo their bikes to save on gas. On the flip side, a commuter may choose the fuel economy of his motorcycle over that of his car if gas prices continue to rise. Whatever the reason, a motorcycle accident in Virginia can cause life-altering injuries for its rider.
Preventing Virginia Motorcycle Crashes
So how can we stop the upward trend of motorcycle fatalities in Virginia?
- Helmets. Federally approved helmets reduce a rider's risk of dying in an accident by as much as 40 percent. Unfortunately, helmet use among motorcycle riders fell 13 percent over the past year.
- Improved safety features. Poor braking is a contributing factor in many fatal motorcycle accidents. To combat the problem, BMW Motorrad USA has included anti-lock brakes on all of its 2012 model year cycles. A good move for safety-although BMW only accounts for about 3 percent of cycles in the US.
- Hold drivers accountable. Motorists are required to share the road with all types of vehicles. If an irresponsible driver caused your injury, get advice from an experienced Fairfax motorcycle accident lawyer. Call Shevlin Smith today at (703) 591-0067 to get justice for your suffering and compensation for your medical costs.
Contact a Virginia Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
If you or someone you know has been injured or killed in a motorcycle accident, you will need an experienced attorney to help get you the compensation and justice you deserve. You don't need to go through this difficult time alone. Our attorney's have helped hundreds of victims following life-changing accidents. Contact our Virginia office today to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case. For immediate assistance, call 703-691-5919.