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Fatal motorcycle crash statistics

Virginia residents may be interested to learn about some data that was collected and analyzed by the Governors Highway Safety Association concerning fatal motorcycle accidents across the country. According to the GHSA, the incidence of fatal motorcycle crashes has been steadily increasing over the past 15 years. From 1997 to 2008, the number of fatal motorcycle crashes doubled. Although there was a decrease in these types of accidents in 2009, numbers began increasing again in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

The GHSA believes that the increase in fatal motorcycle wrecks in 2012 was likely the result of record-high temperatures, a stronger economy and high gasoline prices. With warm weather and expensive fuel, more people decided that riding their fuel-efficient motorcycle was a better option than taking a car. At the same time, a stronger economy may have led to more new motorcycle owners getting into the sport.

An increase in motorcyclists on the road may lead to an increase in fatal motorcycle crashes, but the GHSA believes that the number of fatalities can be lowered with a few safety precautions, including regular helmet use, reducing speeding and taking advantage of motorcycle operator training. The GHSA also suggests that campaigns can be used to increase the awareness of car drivers about sharing the road with motorcycles.

A motorcyclist who has been injured in an accident by no fault of his or her own may be able to file a personal injury claim with the at-fault driver's insurance provider. Accident victims often choose to enlist the assistance of an attorney to help gather the evidence needed to prove another driver's driver's liability. Victims who are successful in these claims could be awaded compensation for expenses they have incurred as a result of the accident, including lost wages and medical bills.

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