A motorcyclist was killed after a crash involving one other vehicle. The accident occurred in Dinwiddie County, on Boydton Plank Road at Ford Avenue, at approximately 6 p.m. The identity of the victim has not been released, pending notification of his family.
According to Virginia State Police, the victim was driving a 2005 Harley Davidson Motorcycle. The driver of the other vehicle, a 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe, failed to yield the right of way to the driver of the Harley and the two vehicles collided. The victim was transported to Southside Regional Medical Center where he later died. The driver of the SUV and two passengers were not injured. State Police are investigating the crash.
The statistics for motorcycle related fatalities continue to rise. According to the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS), motorcycles are involved in fatal crashes at a rate of 35.0 per 100 million miles of travel, compared with a rate of 1.7 per 100 million miles of travel for passenger cars. Motorcycles make up only two percent of the vehicles on the road, yet they are involved in ten percent of all accidents. Approximately 80 percent of motorcycle crashes injure or kill a motorcycle rider, while only 20 percent of passenger car crashes injure or kill a driver or passenger in their vehicle.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that motorcyclist fatalities increased in 2011 to 4,612, accounting for 14 percent of total fatalities for the year. This increase in motorcycle fatalities for the year picks up the overall increasing trend over the last 14 years that saw a one-year decline in 2009 when 4,469 motorcyclists were killed. Our Virginia personal injury law firm recently wrote about additional motorcycle accident statistics.
Site of the accident on Boydton Plank Road, Dinwiddie, VA