As spring weather arrives in West Virginia and summer feels as though it is just around the corner, you might be excited to get out and ride your motorcycle. The feeling of the open road and the air around you are one of the unique joys bikers get to enjoy.
Unfortunately, riders also face some serious risks when sharing the roads with cars and other vehicles.
Numbers are increasing
Records from 2018 show that West Virginia experienced a significant jump in the number of motorcyclists killed in 2018 versus 2017. In 2018, a total of 39 bikers died statewide, up from 26 the prior year. This increase also came with a decrease in overall traffic fatalities meaning that motorcyclists represented a greater percentage of accident deaths. In 2017, riders accounted for 8.5% of all fatalities. In 2018, they accounted for 13.2%.
Older bikers are at a higher risk
More motorcyclists in their 50s and older have died in West Virginia between 2014 and 2018 than in any other age groups. A total of 36 riders in their 50s and 32 riders in their 60s and older lost their lives in those five years. Twenty-seven riders in their 20s and the same number in their 40s died in the same time. Among bikers in their 30s, fatalities in that period of time numbered 18.
If you would like to learn more about the importance of seeking legal help after you or someone in your family has been hit by another vehicle when on a motorcycle, please feel free to visit the biker’s compensation and assistance page of our West Virginia personal injury website.