ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — In the last year, the Commonwealth saw more than 1,000 motorcycle crashes. In addition, more than 2,000 riders have been hurt and 92 people have died because of these crashes, according to data from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
The parts manager at MotoSport Roanoke, Michael VanOrman, has been riding for more than 23 years. He says the biggest safety issue is that riders try to look “cool” and do not put on proper protective gear. According to VanOrman, most crashes happen because “somebody is doing something foolish.”
“The motorcycles are very capable. The riders, we get happy, we get wound up, our adrenaline gets running, we don’t make the smartest decision all the time,” he said. “…All the gear all the time, helmet, jacket, gloves, pants, boots to go over your ankles, and it does you no good in the closet. Wear it all the time
He also says many people like to talk about motorcycle crashes, but there are many rides that end safely.
For information on motorcycle safety, visit the Virginia DMV website.
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