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Motorcycle Deaths Drop, but Worrisome Trend Continues

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According to the associated press, motorcycle deaths dropped 2 percent in the first nine months of 2010, but reports by state transportation officials may signal that it is just a blip, and not a lasting improvement in safety for these vehicles. This has Virginia motorcycle accident lawyers and others understandably concerned.

There were 80 fewer motorcycle fatalities from January to September of last year than in the same time frame for the previous year, according to the reports, which are scheduled for release on April 26, 2011, by the Governors Highway Safety Association. Unfortunately, fatalities started to climb back up during the last three of those nine months, which worries safety advocates.

Annual deaths from motorcycle accidents have more than doubled since the late 1990s, peaking in 2008. As the national economy worsened, the number of accidents dropped. It is believed that the recession decreased the number of recreational motorcycle riders. Now that the economy is beginning to recover, safety advocates are concerned that motorcycle accidents will be on the rise, leading to more deaths.

Statistics from this national report should have Virginia Beach, Virginia (VA), motorcycle injury attorneys - as well as those who ride motorcycle -- worried. Although it's good news that the economy is on the rise again, it may bring with it an increased number of individuals who are killed riding motorcycles. Always obey traffic signals while riding your motorcycle, and wear a helmet. Do not try to squeeze between cars or other small spaces.

Take a look at this news report of a motorcycle accident to see just how devastating they can be.



If you or a loved one is in a motorcycle crash like this one, contact  Virginia Beach, VA, motorcycle injury attorneys who offer a free consultation. After getting the appropriate medical care, discussing your case with qualified motorcycle accident attorneys is the most important thing you can do.

IW


Richard N. Shapiro
Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Lawyer Serving Va Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake & all of Virginia
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