A 37-year-old Virginia man died Sunday evening in Reston when his motorcycle ran off the roadway while failing to make a turn. Police suspect that excessive speeding was involved. After running off the road, the man slid into a metal pole near Fairfax County Parkway and Walnut Branch Road. Nationwide, speeding is to blame for over a third (and climbing) of motorcycle accidents.
Driving motorcycles can be significantly more dangerous than regular passenger cars. The Virginia State Police (VSP) confirm this reality with the statistics that it releases each year with regards to motorcycle accidents and fatalities. Nearly 70% of motorcycle accidents, the VSP found, was the result of the motorcycle driver. For each mile traveled, motorcyclists are 16 times more likely to die in a crash than passenger vehicle occupants are. 80% of motorcycle crashes result in injury or death, compared to just 20% of car crashes.
One of the most important ways that officials seek to make motorcycle driving safer for everyone is by conducting motorcycle education programs. Even with an estimated 20% of Virginia motorcyclists being unlicensed, officials hope motorcyclists are more aware of how to safely driving, including being extra cautious at intersections and receiving professional driving instruction.
Please contact a Northern Virginia personal injury attorney, such as Virginia personal injury lawyer Thomas McWeeny, at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P. if a motorcycle-related accident has injured you or a loved one.