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NHTSA data reflects trends in motorcycle accidents

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Collisions pose a tremendous risk for Virginia motorcyclists. Perhaps not surprisingly, when a motorcyclist collides with something, whether another vehicle, a portion of the roadway, or another obstacle, that motorcyclist is at risk for catastrophic injuries. Due to the nature of their method of transportation, motorcyclists have less protection from collisions than many others traveling on the road.

According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2014, 4,694 motorcycles were involved in fatal motorcycle crashes. Significantly, 53 percent of these fatal collisions involved an accident with another moving motor vehicle. When only two vehicles were involved in a motorcycle accident, approximately 73 percent of the accidents were frontal collisions and seven percent involved motorcycles being hit from behind. In about 40 percent of the fatal motorcycle crashes in which two vehicles were involved, the motorcyclist was described as either going straight, passing or overtaking another vehicle while the other vehicle was turning left.

The NHTSA's recent data indicates that the rate of motorcyclists' deaths on the weekends was almost twice as high as that during the week in 2014. Approximately half of motorcyclist deaths occurred during the weekend and about half during the week. Also, motorcyclists age 50 and older were more likely to be killed in weekend crashes than other bikers.

In 2014, 88 Virginia motorcyclists died in fatal crashes. This is a tragic statistic, and of course, many others suffered injuries. People who have been injured in a motorcycle accident or lost a loved one in a motorcycle collision, you may have a legal cause of action. An attorney can offer direction regarding available options.

Source: crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov, "812292: 2014 Traffic Safety Factsheet: MOTORCYCLES," accessed August 7, 2016

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