Motorcycle Fatalities Spike in Virginia

motorcycleWithin the past 11 days 6 motorcyclists have lost their lives in traffic crashes on Virginia’s highways. The number of motorcycles on the roads traditionally increases in the spring months.

“As the spring weather entices more people to take to the roads to enjoy the warm temperatures and scenery, we remind everyone to be more aware of other motorists,” said Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police Superintendent. “It’s easy to become distracted when enjoying the views Virginia has to offer this time of year. However, the driver’s primary focus must be on the road in order to keep our highways as safe as possible for everyone’s sake.”

SAFETY TIPS FOR DRIVERS & RIDERS:

  • Drivers are reminded to be on alert for motorcycles, especially when pulling out into or across traffic, and when changing lanes.
  • Riders are encouraged to wear proper riding gear and take advantage of motorcycle training safety courses (available through the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) http://www.dmv.virginia.go v/webdoc/citizen/drivers/m_course.asp).
  • All motorists are advised to comply with speed limits, avoid tailgating, use signals when appropriate, and be courteous and responsible when sharing the road with one another.

via Virginia State Police

Comments

  1. As a fellow motorcyclist, I want to add that making yourself visible is a very important factor. Wear reflective and bright clothing. It doesn’t look as cool but it’s better to be safe than sorry. Even in town at low speeds it seems drivers of cars feel they have the right to pull out in front of motorcycles or they seem to tailgate too close behind. The drivers don’t seem to realize how fast a motorcycle can accelerate or come to a stop. Give the motorcycles some room! You’ll also find that many motorcyclists are just plain inexperienced, some don’t even bother to get the ‘M’ on their license before hitting the road. Some new riders start out on bikes much too big for them to handle. Safety courses and practice are imperative! Even if you have been riding for years, practice figure eights and emergency braking in a empty parking lot at the start of each riding season.