Motorcycle accidents are a serious issue in Virginia.  For each vehicle mile traveled, motorcycle riders are 16 times more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to die in a traffic crash and 4 times as likely to be injured. 

Motorcycle riders certainly suffer more in serious crashes.  While 20 percent of car crashes result in injury or death, 80 percent of motorcycle crashes will end in injury or death.

While some motorcyclists believe that other road users cause their fair share of accidents, surprisingly riders themselves are responsible for about 70 percent of all motorcycle-related accidents.

Virginia Motorcycle accident injury Statistics

  • In 2007 2,284 people were injured in motorcycle crashes in Virginia, up from 2,206 in 2006
  • The age range with the greatest number of injuries from motorcycle crashes in Virginia is ages 21 to 35 (863 injuries)
  • The age range with the next highest number of injuries is ages 36 to 50 (710 injuries) and ages 51 to 65 is the third-highest (447 injuries)

Virginia Motorcycle Fatality Statistics

  • Motorcycle fatalities in 2007 were 80% greater than in 2006
  • In 2007, 126 people were killed in motorcycle accidents
  • Motorcycle fatalities in Virginia have increased 125% over the last 5 years
  • Motorcycle fatalities are the highest now than they have been in over 22 years
  • The average age of motorcycle riders killed in a crash is 37
  • The major contributing factors in fatal motorcycle accidents are speed, failure to maintain control of the motorcycle, and improper passing
  • Seventy percent of motorcycle fatalities involved one or more of the above major contributing factors
  • Of those killed in a motorcycle accident, 97% were wearing a helmet
  • Fifty-six percent of fatalities involved a single-vehicle accident (i.e. The motorcycle was the only vehicle involved)

Virginia Motorcycle titling, classification, and registration in Virginia

  • A total of 165,584 motorcycles were registered in Virginia in 2007, a 9% increase over the previous year
  • Motorcycle classifications in Virginia have increased 61% over the last 10 years
  • Motorcycle registrations in Virginia have increased 151% over the last 10 years
  • 62,417 motorcycle owners in Virginia do not have motorcycle classification
  • 26,261 (42%) of motorcycles are titled in Virginia but they are not registered nor do their owners have a motorcycle classification
  • 36,156 (58%) of motorcycles are titled and registered in Virginia but do not have a motorcycle classification

If you need help after a serious motorcycle accident, please contact the attorneys at the Northern Virginia law firm Dulaney, Lauer & Thomas to discuss your case for no cost or obligation.  

1All data is from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles website Motorcycle Crash Data page

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