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First Year is the Highest Risk for Virginia Motorcycle Crashes

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For many men and women, they can’t wait to finally purchase that dream motorcycle. The anticipation of beautiful weather, the open road and wind in your face might seem like the ideal way to travel. While motorcycles are great modes of transportation, they do come with risks—especially that first year as a motorcyclist.


The First 30 Days Mean a Heightened Risk of Virginia Motorcycle Crashes

Numerous studies have shown that the most dangerous time for motorcycle riders is that initial year after getting the bike. The highest risk occurs the first month. In fact, Matthew Moore, the vice president of the Highway Loss Data Institute, said that the risk of an accident is four times greater that first 30 days of operating the bike than it is the entire second year. Moore explains this trend by citing motorcyclists’ inexperience.

According to Moore, driving a motorcycle is no simple feat. He gave the Associated Press one example to illustrate the complexities of operating these vehicles, which included the six steps you have to take to simply pull out on a hill.

Whether this is your first year of riding a motorcycle or the twenty-first year, there are always risks that are faced on the road. Many motorists don’t exercise caution around motorcyclists, which can lead to catastrophic accidents.


When Help is Needed

If you have been hurt in a Virginia motorcycle crash, you do not have to face this major challenge alone. An experienced Warrenton motorcycle accident attorney can help you recover damages for your injuries. For advice regarding your case, contact the law firm of Dulaney, Lauer and Thomas at one of our many locations:

  • Warrenton 540-341-0007
  • Culpeper 540-825-6046
  • Front Royal 540-636-7100
  • Charlottesville 434-985-6000
  • Fredericksburg 540-371-8808
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