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Title: Trends in Motorcycle Crashes in Virginia
Project No.: 80041
Target Date: 09/30/2008
Abstract: In the past several years, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and several states have noted increases in motorcycle-related deaths. According to the National Center for Statistics and Analysis, 3,661 motorcyclists were killed in traffic crashes in 2003, an increase of 12% over 2002, and another 67,000 were injured, an increase of 4%. Over the last five years, the number of fatally-injured motorcyclists has risen sharply in the United States as well as in other countries. This increase is due, at least in part, to the increase in older riders and passengers in the motorcyclist population. A more thorough knowledge of the characteristics of serious motorcycyle crashes and the costs associated with them could help the Department of Motor Vehicles design better motorcycle safety programs and a safer riding environment for motorcyclists.