2009 is tragically emerging as a record-setting year for Virginia motorcycle fatalities in the Hampton Roads area. According to the Virginia Pilot, more than twice as many people have been killed in motorcycle wrecks in Norfolk/Virginia beach and surrounding communities so far this year than in all of 2008.
Two men died last weekend in separate Virginia Beach crashes–marking the fourth time this year that police have investigated multiple motorcycle fatalities within a week–bringing the local fatality total to 13.
In 2008, six persons died in local motorcycle accidents.
Warmer weather tends to draw more people to their motorcycles and to the roads, Adam Bernstein, a Virginia Beach police spokesman, said. “Riding the bike isn’t the hard part. The hard part is watching what everybody else is doing,” Bernstein added. “Your reaction time slows down, and reaction time is paramount on a motorcycle.”
Now more than ever, it is important for motorcyclists to be well informed of and know basic riding skills and safety. This information may be obtained through instructional classes provided by the Department of Motor Vehicles Virginia Rider Training Program.
Virginia DMV statistics for the entire state indicate that 79 motorcycle riders were killed in 2008; of those, four were passengers. About 2,400 motorcycle riders suffered injuries in the same year; of those, 209 were passengers.
The Virginia accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, P.C. understand the challenges and difficulties faced by motorcycle accident victims. Call us today to schedule a free initial consultation if you have been seriously injured in a Virginia motorcycle accident, Toll Free 877-544-532.