5 Major Causes of Death in Virginia Motorcycle Accidents

May 31, 2024 | Blog

What’s better than enjoying a scenic drive along Virginia’s favorite motorcycle routes? Riders from all over the country gather here to take in the majesty of our panoramic views. No trip to the Old Dominion is complete without a ride along Blue Ridge Parkway, Route 39, or Route 16, charmingly called the “Back of the Dragon.”

As fun as motorcycles are, they’re also dangerous. If you’re wondering, “What is a major cause of death in motorcycle accidents?” Our attorneys discuss five types of accidents that are frequently fatal to motorcyclists below.

Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in Virginia

Common causes of fatal crashes involving motorcycles include speeding, distracted driving, and lane splitting. We’ll go over these and a few other causes of death in motorcycle crashes next.

1. Left Turn Accidents

Have you ever cruised through an intersection only to be nearly knocked off your bike by a left-turning car? You probably wondered, “How on earth did that guy not see me?”

Left-turn accidents are incredibly common simply because drivers can’t see objects in their blind spots. A large motor vehicle, such as a car or truck, is easily noticed. Motorcycles are far smaller, and drivers often don’t notice them until it’s too late.

2. Speeding

When you’re on a motorcycle, you don’t want to crawl along at a snail’s pace. You want to blast down the highway with the wind in your hair as fast as your bike can go.

When riding a motorcycle, it’s important to consider the risks associated with high speeds. Speeding can lead to an increased likelihood of accidents, as it reduces reaction time and control over the bike. In situations where your motorcycle encounters hazards like gravel or oil, the potential for a serious accident increases. Ensuring safe speeds can help prevent crashes and enhance overall road safety for you and all motorists.

3. Driving Under the Influence

Ask anyone, “What is a major cause of death in motorcycle accidents?” and they’ll probably tell you: “Drunk driving.” They’ll be correct, too. According to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, 11 people were injured, and one person died every day from alcohol-related crashes in 2022.

You can’t stop other people from sliding behind the wheel after having too many drinks. However, you can avoid riding at night when people are statistically more likely to be drinking and driving.

4. Distracted Driving

It’s hard to resist a crying child in the back seat or the ping of an incoming text message. That’s probably why distracted driving accidents are so common. According to statistics, there were 20,679 accidents caused by distracted driving statewide in 2022 (88 people were involved in fatal accidents because of distracted driving).

5. Lane Splitting

Lane splitting is the practice of riding between lanes of stopped or slow-moving vehicles. Like many other bikers, you’ve probably done it to avoid being stuck behind miles of rush-hour traffic.

However, lane splitting is illegal in Virginia due to safety concerns. If an accident occurs while lane splitting, it may complicate the process of recovering damages under Virginia law. Additionally, there are potential legal consequences, such as fines and charges for reckless driving. It’s important to be aware of these regulations to ensure your safety and legal standing on the road.

Need Help With a Motorcycle Accident Claim? Call Our Firm

What is a major cause of death in motorcycle accidents? Drunk driving, distracted driving, and lane splitting are just a few common causes of fatal motorcycle crashes. If you survive an accident, you may have terrible injuries, plus a pile of unaffordable medical bills.

If you or a loved one has been in a motorcycle crash, Geoff McDonald & Associates, P.C., can help. Call us at 804-552-3173 or contact us online for a free consultation with a motorcycle accident lawyer.

Geoff McDonald and Associates: 804-888-8888.


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