Motorcycle fatalities have been rising in over the last few years. The unusual circumstances of 2020 and 2021 increased risky driving behavior. The risky behavior has continued into 2022 and has helped push motorcycle accidents higher than in previous years. Staying safe on a motorcycle in Virginia can be difficult when your fellow drivers are not aware of the rules of the road.
Virginia sees motorcycle accidents rise
The dangers on the road in Virginia reflect the issues facing drivers across the state. Virginians have begun driving more miles and spending longer time on the road than in previous years. In 2020 and 2021, the number of miles driven led to 827 deaths. In 2020 and 2021, the number of fatalities rose across the U.S. in a trend reflected in Virginia.
Wear protective clothing
When the heat rises motorcycle owners tend to remove layers of clothing. Unfortunately, this is an unsafe practice as layers of sturdy clothing protect against road rash and other injuries. A rider also needs to wear a helmet to limit their risk of a fatal head injury during motorcycle accidents.
Inspect your bike
Your bike is the most important piece of equipment you have. When you are heading out on the road, you need to inspect your bike to keep yourself safe. Loose bolts and hoses need to be tightened, with tires inspected for durability.
Watch the weather forecast
The weather forecast is important to your safety on the road. If the forecast shows the weather is wet or icy you should avoid driving on that day.
Motorcycle safety is important to every rider looking to enjoy the open road.